Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant Features

  • Based on exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA must be below $5,198
  • First baccalaureate degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Awards vary from $636 to $6,195
  • Can be offered to students who are less than full time on a prorated value
  • Effective July 1, 2012, Federal program regulations will not allow a student to receive more than the equivalent of 12 full time semesters of Pell grant eligibility over the lifetime of his or her undergraduate Pell grant eligibility.
  • Examples: 12 credit hours of enrollment fall term would count as one semester of eligibility against the 12 semester rule. Or, 6 credit hours of enrollment fall term would count as 50% of one semester full time eligibility.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Based on exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA must be zero
  • First baccalaureate degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Award: $500
  • Can be offered to students enrolled in at least 6 credits
  • Priority FAFSA filing date of December 1

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grant funding of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families AND in high need fields.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates 80 percent of all students who receive a TEACH "grant" will fail to meet the service agreement based upon stringent program rules.

The majority of students will incur additional loan indebtedness and mandatory backdated interest to when the student first received funding under this program. Please fully understand the rigid parameters of the TEACH grant program before you proceed.

Although TEACH is considered a grant, it is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to agree to complete a teaching service obligation as a condition for receiving the grant. The U.S. Department of Education requires that a student teach full-time within eight years after graduating or otherwise cease to be enrolled at the institution of higher education where you received your TEACH Grants. If you do not complete the service obligation, the TEACH Grant will be converted to a loan you must repay with interest.

For more information, visit Receive a TEACH Grant to Pay for College.

How to Apply for the TEACH Grant

NOTE: Students are selected on a case by case basis for verification of their major. Upon receiving the TEACH Grant Application the Financial Aid & Scholarships office will contact the student via email if the TEACH Grant Major Verification form must be completed and submitted to the office.

Other Requirements for TEACH Grant Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching in a high-need field or plans to complete such coursework and requirements prior to graduating. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 OR be a current teacher or retiree from another occupation with expertise in a high-need field and seeking a Masters Degree OR generally scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test).

High-Need Field Required by the TEACH Grant

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other — Identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. To view the 2017-2018 Nevada Teach Shortage Area listing, please select: 2017-2018 Nevada Statewide Academic and Disciplines or Subject Matter

For a list of degrees offered by the University of Nevada Las Vegas that MAY qualify for the Federal TEACH Grant please visit UNLV College of Education. *It is the students responsibility to make sure their major qualifies them for the TEACH Grant.

For a more comprehensive listing please select: Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. In addition, the state from which a student applies for the TEACH Grant may not open up Teacher Shortage Areas from other states. For example, if art education is a high-need field in Minnesota, the State of Nevada may not treat art education as an eligible TEACH Grant program for UNLV students.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. Access the directory.

Teach Grant Exit Counseling

As with federal loans, federal regulations require that students who have received a TEACH Grant complete online exit counseling upon changing majors to something other than an eligible academic program, withdrawing from school, or graduating from their program of study.

The online TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Log-in using your FSA ID and select "Complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling".

Starting November 2018, students have the option to review the content of the online Exit Counseling session at any time by choosing "Start Demo”.  Note that taking the tour is for information purposes only and does not satisfy the counseling requirement.