20 U.S. Code § 1070g–2. Applications; eligibility

(a) Applications; demonstration of eligibility
(1) Filing required

The Secretary shall periodically set dates by which teacher candidates shall file applications for grants under this subpart. Each teacher candidate desiring a grant under this subpart for any year shall file an application containing such information and assurances as the Secretary may determine necessary to enable the Secretary to carry out the functions and responsibilities of this subpart.

(2) Demonstration of TEACH Grant eligibilityEach application submitted under paragraph (1) shall contain such information as is necessary to demonstrate that—
(A) if the applicant is an enrolled student—
the student is an eligible student for purposes of section 1091 of this title;
(ii) the student—
has a grade point average that is determined, under standards prescribed by the Secretary, to be comparable to a 3.25 average on a zero to 4.0 scale, except that, if the student is in the first year of a program of undergraduate education, such grade point average shall be determined on the basis of the student’s cumulative secondary school grade point average; or
displayed high academic aptitude by receiving a score above the 75th percentile on at least one of the batteries in an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate school admissions test; and
the student is completing coursework and other requirements necessary to begin a career in teaching, or plans to complete such coursework and requirements prior to graduating; or
(B) if the applicant is a current or prospective teacher applying for a grant to obtain a graduate degree—
the applicant is a teacher or a retiree from another occupation with expertise in a field in which there is a shortage of teachers, such as mathematics, science, special education, English language acquisition, or another high-need subject; or
the applicant is or was a teacher who is using high-quality alternative certification routes, such as Teach for America, to get certified.
(b) Agreements to serveEach application under subsection (a) shall contain or be accompanied by an agreement by the applicant that—
(1) the applicant will—
serve as a full-time teacher for a total of not less than 4 academic years within 8 years after completing the course of study for which the applicant received a TEACH Grant under this subpart;
teach in a school described in section 1087ee(a)(2)(A) of this title;
(C) teach in any of the following fields—
a foreign language;
bilingual education;
special education;
as a reading specialist; or
another field documented as high-need by the Federal Government, State government, or local educational agency, and approved by the Secretary;
submit evidence of such employment in the form of a certification by the chief administrative officer of the school upon completion of each year of such service; and
comply with the requirements for being a highly qualified teacher as defined in section 9101[1] of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 7801];
in the event that the applicant is determined to have failed or refused to carry out such service obligation, the sum of the amounts of any TEACH Grants received by such applicant will be treated as a loan and collected from the applicant in accordance with subsection (c) and the regulations thereunder; and
contains, or is accompanied by, a plain-language disclosure form developed by the Secretary that clearly describes the nature of the TEACH Grant award, the service obligation, and the loan repayment requirements that are the consequence of the failure to complete the service obligation.
(c) Repayment for failure to complete service

In the event that any recipient of a grant under this subpart fails or refuses to comply with the service obligation in the agreement under subsection (b), the sum of the amounts of any TEACH Grants received by such recipient shall, upon a determination of such a failure or refusal in such service obligation, be treated as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan under part D, and shall be subject to repayment, together with interest thereon accruing from the date of the grant award, in accordance with terms and conditions specified by the Secretary in regulations under this subpart.

(d) Additional administrative provisions
(1) Change of high-need designation

If a recipient of an initial grant under this subpart has acquired an academic degree, or expertise, in a field that was, at the time of the recipient’s application for that grant, designated as high need in accordance with subsection (b)(1)(C)(vii), but is no longer so designated, the grant recipient may fulfill the service obligation described in subsection (b)(1) by teaching in that field.

(2) Extenuating circumstances

The Secretary shall establish, by regulation, categories of extenuating circumstances under which a recipient of a grant under this subpart who is unable to fulfill all or part of the recipient’s service obligation may be excused from fulfilling that portion of the service obligation.

References in Text

Section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, referred to in subsec. (b)(1)(E), was amended by Pub. L. 114–95 and, as so amended, is now section 8101 of the Act and no longer defines “highly qualified”. A reference in this section to the term “highly qualified” as defined in section 9101 of the Act is to be treated as a reference to such term under such section 9101 as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of Pub. L. 114–95. See section 9214(a)(1) of Pub. L. 114–95, set out as a Use of the Term “Highly Qualified” in Other Laws note below.


2008—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 110–315, § 412(a)(1)(A), added par. (3).

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–315, § 412(a)(1)(B), added subsec. (d).

Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–315, title IV, § 412(b), Aug. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 3227, provided that:

“The amendments made by subsection (a)(1) [amending this section] shall take effect on July 1, 2010.”
Use of the Term “Highly Qualified” in Other Laws

Pub. L. 114–95, title IX, § 9214(a), Dec. 10, 2015, 129 Stat. 2160, provided that:

“Beginning on the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 10, 2015]—
any reference in sections 420N, 428J, 428K, and 460 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070g–2, 1078–10, 1078–11, and 1087j) to the term ‘highly qualified’ as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [now section 8101, 20 U.S.C. 7801] shall be treated as a reference to such term under such section 9101 as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 10, 2015]; and
any reference in section 6112 of the America COMPETES Act ([former] 20 U.S.C. 9812), section 553 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (20 U.S.C. 9903), and section 9 of the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n), to ‘highly qualified’, as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [now section 8101, 20 U.S.C. 7801], with respect to a teacher, means that the teacher meets applicable State certification and licensure requirements, including any requirements for certification obtained through alternative routes to certification.”

[1]  See References in Text note below.