University of Houston-Victoria

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Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program that provides up to $4000 per year to students who are enrolled in an eligible program required to begin a career in teaching and agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. The award is prorated according to enrollment status. However, due to the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester on the Federal student financial aid programs, the maximum TEACH Grant awards disbursed prior to October 1, 2016 is $1,914 per term. Maximum TEACH Grant awards first disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 and before September 30, 2017 will be $1,862 per term.

The student must sign an agreement to service agreement each year. Students who fail to meet the terms of the agreement (complete four years of teaching in a low income school district in a high need field within eight years of graduation) will have his/her TEACH Grant become a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The student must repay the TEACH funds, with interest accrued from the date of disbursement through the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

TEACH Grant eligible programs at UHV are: Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Reading Specialist, Career and Technical Education, Computer Science, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Science, and Special Education - Elementary and Secondary Levels. Students who are seeking a BSIS Early School Education (K-6) only will not be eligible for the grant.

Students must have at least a 3.25 GPA.

In order to satisfy you TEACH Grant service obligation by teaching in a high-need field listed in the Department's Nationwide List, that field must be on the list for the state in which you begin teaching at the time you begin teaching in that field. You can view the TEACH Grant high-need fields at

A Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits is available at Each year a student is awarded a TEACH Grant, the student must complete TEACH Grant Initial/Subsequent Entrance Counseling. After the student completes his/her degree, a TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session must be completed. The UHV TEACH Grant Consideration application is located here:

TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling

Each student awarded a TEACH Grant will be required to go through TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling before the grant will be disbursed. The online counseling session is located at

A TEACH Grant will be converted to an unsubsidized Direct Loan if the student fails to complete his/her service obligation (teach for four years in a high-need, low income school within an eight year period). It is very important to learn the details of the TEACH Grant.

TEACH Grant Subsequent Counseling

Each student awarded an additional TEACH Grant will be required to go through TEACH Grant Subsequent Counseling  before the additional grant award will be disbursed. The online counseling session is located at

TEACH Grant Exit Counseling

Each time a student withdraws from a TEACH-eligible program or graduate, the student must complete a TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session. The online counseling session is located at