The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grant assistance to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program who agree to serve:

  • For at least four years out of the first eight years after completing the program
    as full-time, highly qualified teachers in a high-need field.
  • In a public or not-for-profit private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
  • For full-time study, the program provides grants of $4,000 per year to a maximum of $16,000 as an undergraduate, and $8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students can receive a proportional amount of yearly grant.

On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, which put into place a federal budget cut known as the sequester. All disbursements of TEACH awards made during the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 (on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014) must be reduced by 0.89% from the award amount the student would otherwise be eligible to receive. TEACH Grant awards where the first disbursement is on or after Oct. 1,2014 must be reduced by 7.3% from the award amount the student would otherwise be eligible to receive. On April 23, 2015 sequester requires reductions to the TEACH Grant were announced that TEACH Grant awards first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 will be subject to a 6.8% reduction. This reduction adjusts the annual maximum award from $4000 to $3728.

Since The Sage Colleges offers undergraduate teacher preparation degree programs, by law, our post-baccalaureate teaching certificate programs do not qualify for TEACH Grants. A student must be in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Students who receive TEACH Grants but who do not complete the required teaching service within eight years of completing the academic program, subject to certain exceptions, or fail to meet certain other requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, must repay the TEACH Grant as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, with interest accrued from the date the Teach Grant was disbursed.

The Federal law creating the TEACH Grants lists the following as national high-need fields:

  • Bilingual Education
  • English language acquisition
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Or another field documented as high-need by the Federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and approved by the Secretary of Education. The field must be listed in the Education Departments annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide listing

Students enrolled in the following Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs offered by The Sage Colleges may be eligible for TEACH Grants provided they meet all qualifications.

Please bear in mind that you must be planning to teach in a high-need school, and that the majority (more than half) of your teaching must be in a high-need field as listed above. If you will be an elementary teacher, teaching a variety of subjects, you may not be able to fulfill the teaching requirements of the TEACH Grant Program.


  • Biology, BA, (RSC)
    Environmental Science, BS (RSC)


  • Chemistry, BS (RSC)


  • Childhood and Literacy Education, MSE (SGS) *(Dual Program)
  • Childhood and Special Education, MSE (SGS)*(Dual Program)
  • Education Childhood/Middle, BS (RSC) (only programs with Math, Life Sciences, or Spanish)
  • Literacy Education, MSE (SGS)
  • Literacy and Special Education, MSE (SGS) *(Dual Program)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT (SGS)(Math)
  • Special Education, MS (SGS)

*Students enrolled in these dual programs will only be able to fulfill the teaching requirements if teaching literacy or special education comprises more than 50% of the teaching responsibilities.

Modern Languages

  • Spanish, BA (RSC)

Math & Computing Sciences

  • Mathematics, BA (RSC)

What You Must Do To Received a Teach Grant:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA at
  • Although you do not have to demonstrate financial need for a TEACH Grant, the law requires you to file the FAFSA
  • Complete The Sage Colleges’ Federal Teach Grant Request Form
  • Meet the general Eligibility requirements for federal student aid listed in our catalogue
  • Be Admitted full-or-part-time to one of the degree programs designated as eligible for a TEACH Grant at The Sage Colleges
  • Meet one of the following academic standards:
    • Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test (SAT, ACT , GRE) or,
    • Have a GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in high school to receive a grant for your first term in college, or have maintained at least a 3.25 GPA as an undergraduate or graduate student for subsequent terms.
  • Complete Teach Grant Counseling and Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each academic year at and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation.
  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements each semester.