Public Funding for Students
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides federal student aid to teacher candidates who seek to become teachers in low-income schools.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach
- in a high-need field;
- at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and
- for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
Learn more about eligibility.
Students in the MEd Special Education program pursuing licensure to teach special education (including current teachers with an Illinois Professional Education License who are not currently qualified to teach special education) may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program. This program exempts students from paying tuition and mandatory fees for up to four calendar years. By receiving the tuition waiver, you must teach in Illinois in the field of special education. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the amount of benefits received converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.
Please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website for complete details and how to apply.
Students in any graduate program at the College of Education are eligible for a UIC Board of Trustees tuition waiver. Available on a semester-by-semester basis, a limited number are available, but all students are encouraged to apply.