University of Houston-Victoria

Financial Aid

Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program that provides up to $4000 per year ($16,000 maximum for undergraduates and $8,000 for graduate students) 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 on or after October 1, 2021 and before September 30, 2022 will be $1,886 per term.

The student must sign an Agreement to Serve or Repay 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 Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Reading Specialist, Mathematics, Science, and Special Education - Elementary and Secondary Levels, or another field documented as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and appearing on the Department's annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide listing.

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 your 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 in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List).

A Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits is available at https://www.studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/tcli.action.

The UHV TEACH Grant Consideration application is located on the Financial Aid Forms webpage.

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. 

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 annually will be required to go through TEACH Grant Subsequent Counseling before the additional grant award will be disbursed. 

TEACH Grant Exit Counseling

Each time a student drops below half-time, withdraws from a TEACH-eligible program or graduate, the student must complete a TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session.

TEACH Grant Conversion Counseling

TEACH Grant Conversion counseling is for TEACH Grant recipients whose TEACH Grants have been converted (or are in the process of being converted) to Direct Unsubsidized Loans. TEACH Grant Conversion Counseling helps prepare borrowers to begin repaying their new Direct Unsubsidized Loans by explaining the terms and conditions that apply to their loans, the impact of the loans on their overall loan balances, and options to help with repayment. TEACH Grant Conversion Counseling also explains the conditions under which grant recipients can ask the TEACH Grant servicer to reconsider the conversion of their TEACH Grants to Direct Unsubsidized Loans.  The TEACH Grant servicer will direct TEACH Grant recipients whose grants are converted to loans to complete conversion counseling and will provide them with written conversion counseling materials.