Admissions & Student Services
    The City College of New York
    School of Education
    North Academic Center, Room 3/223 A

    160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY 10032

Tel: 212-650-5316, 6296
Fax: 212-650-6299
Email: edgradadm@ccny.cuny.edu


What is the TEACH Grant Program?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program is a federal program that provides grants up to $4,000 per year to graduate students. Recipients must agree to fulfill a service obligation as a full-time teacher in a high-need field, at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income families (Federal Title I Designated Neighborhoods).*

A total of $8,000 is allowed for Graduate Study.

What is a "High-Need Field"?

"High-Need Field" refers to instructional subject areas for which there are teacher shortages. The TEACH Grant Program (TG) is intended to support the training of students to address the teacher shortages of certain federally defined instructional subject areas. The following CCNY programs prepare students for teacher certification in those federally designated subject areas.

Eligible Programs and Major Codes

* Art Education: Grades K-12, (863)
Middle School Science Education: Grades 5-9, (271) (272)
Bilingual Childhood Education: Grades 1-6, (902) (903)
Biology: Grades 7-12, (864) (865)
Bilingual Special Education: Grades 1-6, (881) (882)
Chemistry: Grades 7-12, (866) (867)
* Educational Theatre: Grades K-12, (283)
Physics: Grades 7-12, (871)
* English Education: Grades 7-12, (858) (859)
EAS: Grades 7-12, (868) (869)
Literacy: Grades 5-12, (909)
Spanish Education: Grades 7-12, (967) (968) (969) (970)
Literacy: Birth-Grade 6, (912)
Special Education, Childhood: Grades 1-6, (895) (896)
Mathematics: Grades 5-9, (273) (275)
Special Education, Middle Childhood: Grades 5-9, (34R- for continuing students only)
Mathematics: Grades 7-12, (848) (849)
Special Education, Generalist: Grades 7-12, (258)
TESOL: Grades K-12, (884) (885)

What are the TEACH Grant Program's Eligibility Requirements?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Complete the online TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling and an Agreement to Serve (ATS) contract.

  • Complete the current year's FAFSA Federal Financial Aid application.

  • Be a matriculated graduate student in one of CCNY's federally designated high-need teacher education programs.

  • Have or maintain a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 2.35 OR submit proof of scoring above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test (SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, DAT).

  • Master Degree applicants, who are retired teachers with certification in a high-need field or who are current teachers in a high-need field, are exempt from the GPA and national admissions test requirements. 

  • Enroll for coursework necessary for a teaching career in a high-need instructional area.

How is the Service Obligation Completed?

To complete the service obligation, recipients must reach for at least four (4) academic years withing eight (8) calendar years of completing their program of study. Such service must be rendered as a fully certified teacher.
Failure to complete the service obligation will cause all received TEACH Grant funds to be converted to a Federal Direct unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Such a loan would have to be repaid to the U.S. Department of Education with interest accrued from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

How do I get Admitted to the TEACH Grant Program?

  1. Be in compliance with the above TEACH Grant Program eligibility requirements.

  2. File a FAFSA application.

  3. Complete the TEACH Grant Counseling.

  4. Fill out and submit a CCNY TEACH Grant Application to Admissions & Student Services, School of Education (North Academic Center, Room 3/223 A).

  5. Submit official academic transcripts of all previous college work to Admissions & Student Services (North Academic Center, Room 3/223 A).

  6. Seek departmental advice and select courses leading to certification in the selected subject area.

Additional Information

The maximum TEACH Grant per academic year is $4,000 with $2,000 being the maximum per semester. All awards are prorated for less than full-time attendance (see chart for details). Additionally, the maximum/aggregate TEACH Grant award allowed for graduate study is $8,000. Any graduate TEACH Grant Award received at another school will be counted towards your aggregate.

Awards are prorated for students who are enrolled less than full tiime in a given semester as follows:

Credits Atttempted per Semester Award per Semester
12 or more credits $2,000
9-11 credits $1,500
6-8 credits $1,000
Less than 6 credits $500

Contact Information 

Admissions & Student Services
The School of Education
North Academic Center, Room 3/223 A

E: edgradadm@ccny.cuny.edu
P: 212-650-5316/6296

Financial Aid Office
Willie Administration Building
Room 104

E: financialaid@ccny.cuny.edu
P: 212-650-6656

* Important Websites

US Department of Education Fact Sheet
FAFSA Application
US Department of Education Teacher Shortage List
Federal Title I School Lists
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Contract and Entrance Counseling
CCNY School of Education
CCNY Financial Aid Office
Scholarship Searches