Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States. The FAFSA must be completed in order to qualify for financial aid to college, which includes: state lottery funds (HOPE scholarship), the Tennessee Promise, Pell grants and other federal student aid and loans. The FAFSA should be completed between October through early February of the student's senior year.

Tennessee Promise

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program, where the state will cover tuition and fees not covered by other state scholarships or funds. Students may choose to use the scholarship at any of the state's participating community colleges, colleges of applied technology, or eligible colleges offering associate degrees. Students must apply for this scholarship program before November 1 at tnpromise.gov.

tnAchieves

tnAchieves aids students through their success in the Tennessee Promise program.

Tennessee Student Assistance Cooperation - College for TN Pays

Tennessee state funds that assist students with paying for college.

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS) - HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is for graduating seniors entering their freshman year of college. Students must achieve a minimum of 21 ACT and minimum 3.0 GPA. Award amount varies by the college attended. Apply by completing the FAFSA.

Ned McWherter Scholars Program

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program encourages academically superior high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and a minimum of 29 ACT to apply. The scholarship is for $6,000 per academic year. Deadline to apply is February 15 at tn.gov.

Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant

The Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant is available for seniors enrolling in a certificate or diploma program at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The award amount is $2,000 (no more than cost of attendance). To apply, the student must complete the FAFSA. For more information visit TSAC website.

Federal Student Aid

A comprehensive website developed by the U.S. Department of Education regarding Federal Student Aid. 

FAFSA4Caster

Free financial aid calculator that allows students to estimate their FAFSA eligibility before filling out the official FAFSA.

Dual Enrollment Grant

The Dual Enrollment Grant program is grant that funded from proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to students who are attending an eligible high school and are also enrolled in college courses at eligible post-secondary institutions. The grant is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and provides students opportunities to begin working toward their college degree. Juniors and seniors who maintain GPA and ACT score eligibility may apply. Application may be found at the TSAC website.

Accepting Financial Aid

Financial Aid award letters are good news, but sometimes confusing news. Federal Student Aid breaks down the terms and explains what aid to accept in which order.

Scholarship Searches

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Scholarship Guidance
 

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