Federal TEACH Grant

Lipscomb University participates in the Federal TEACH Grant program. The Federal TEACH Grant is available to students who have been accepted into the College of Education at Lipscomb University. This is typically for undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year. For graduate students, the TEACH Grant is available for degree-seeking graduate education students.

The Federal TEACH Grant is a non-need based program for students majoring in education and certified as a highly qualified teacher in one of the following high-need fields:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Foreign Language
  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Reading Specialist
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to www.ed.gov.

The annual (fall/spring/summer) maximum award amount is $4,000 for students enrolled full time, although it will be prorated for enrollment less than full-time. Aggregate maximum for undergraduates is $16,000 and aggregate maximum for graduate students is $8,000.


  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 from previous semesters OR score above the 75th percentile on a standardized admissions test (ACT, SAT, GRE, MAT).
    • Qualifying based on the cumulative GPA requires that the student maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA to receive the grant in multiple years.
    • Qualifying based on the standardized test does not have a minimum GPA requirement per federal rule.
  • Complete the initial Federal TEACH Grant Eligibility Form with the College of Education (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Be accepted as a degree-seeking student into the College of Education.
  • Be registered for at least six credit hours in a given semester.
  • Complete and sign an Agreement to Serve with the Department of Education which states that you agree to teach full-time in a high-need subject (listed above) and in a Title I (high-need) school for a minimum of four years within eight years of graduation or leaving school (must be completed annually).
  • Complete Federal TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling with the Department of Education (must be completed annually).
  • Complete the Lipscomb University Financial Aid Office's documentation worksheet that acknowledges the responsibilities of this grant before the grant can be issued.
  • Complete Federal TEACH Grant Exit Counseling prior to graduation or leaving school and at the end of your eligibility.

It is very important to understand that if you do not teach for four years in a high-need subject and in a Title I (high-need) school, the full amount of the Federal TEACH Grant will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest backdated to the beginning of your program of study. This loan must be repaid.

For more information about the Federal TEACH Grant, visit the Department of Education's website at: www.teachgrant.ed.gov.

To view a list of eligible Title I schools, visit www.tcli.ed.gov.

For more information about the Federal TEACH grant and to apply at Lipscomb University, contact Tiffany Summers at tiffany.summers@lipscomb.edu.