If you meet the minimal requirements for financial assistance, please use the quick message at the bottom of this page and a Troops to Teachers Program Specialist will contact you.

Financial assistance in the form of a stipend or a bonus may be available to participants who meet military service, education and application requirements. Additional conditions and restrictions apply.

Military service requirements to receive financial assistance include:
  • Honorable discharge if retired or separated
  • Retired from active duty on or after October 1, 1999 (must apply within three years after separation from service)
  • Active duty member with approved date of retirement with one year or less remaining before retirement
  • Transferred to the Retired Reserve
  • Retired or separated for a service-connected physical disability on or after January 8, 2002 (must apply within three years after separation from service).  Physical disability must be noted on service separation document, not a VA determination.
  • Individuals transitioning from active duty on or after January 8, 2002, and have served four or more years of continuous active duty immediately before separation, and execute a written agreement to serve for three or more years with a Selected Reserve unit (must apply within three years after separation from service)
  • Individuals that have completed six or more years of creditable service towards retirement on or after January 8, 2002 and execute a written agreement to serve for three or more years with a Selected Reserve unit (must apply within three years after separation from service)

Stipend

Stipends of up to $5,000 may be available for eligible participants to assist with obtaining the required education level, teacher certification, and licensing.

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited institution that will result in licensure as a full time teacher
  • Commit to full time teaching in an eligible or high need school for a period of three years
  • If not retired or discharged due to service-connected physical disability, must commit to serve three years in reserves

A participant may not receive a stipend if eligible for chapter 33 (Post 9/11) benefits.

Bonus

Bonuses of up to $10,000 may be available for eligible participants as an incentive to teach in an eligible or high need school.

  • For academic subjects, a baccalaureate or advance degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
  • For career or technical subjects
    • the equivalent of one year of college from an accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent in military education and training as certified by the DoD or
    • meet the certification or licensing requirements in the State in which the participant will be teaching.
  • Commit to full time teaching in an eligible or high need school for a period of three years
  • If not retired or discharged due to service-connected physical disability, must commit to serve three years in reserves

The maximum amount of financial assistance provided to eligible TTT participants may not exceed $10,000.

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Eligible Schools

An Eligible School is defined as one where the Free/Reduced Cost Lunch Percentage is 30% or more, the school has an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) percentage of 13% or more, or is a Bureau of Indian Affairs funded school.

High Needs Schools

A High Needs School is defined as one where the Free/Reduced Cost Lunch percentage is 50% or more for public middle or elementary schools, 40% or more for public high schools, or eligible under 6211(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which covers rural schools.

Indian Affairs Schools

The Bureau of Indian Education oversees a total of 183 elementary, secondary, residential, and peripheral dormitories across 23 states. 129 schools are tribally controlled under P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Contracts or P.L. 100-297 Tribally Controlled Grant Schools Act. 54 schools are operated by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Charter Schools

A Charter School is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers, and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice within a school district, operating under a contract or "charter" contract between the members of the Charter School community and the local board of education.