Grants

Federal Pell Grant

This grant is available to undergraduate students. The amount each student might receive is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the cost of attendance at the college you attend. The maximum award on the Federal Pell Grant for 2016-2017 is $5,815. This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need are eligible for this grant. Students with the lowest expected family contribution and those who receive Pell Grants receive priority consideration for this program. Grants vary between $100.00 and $4,000.00 depending on the level of financial need. This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program is a state-funded grant program. Students must demonstrate need and be a Tennessee resident attending college in Tennessee. Tennessee Student Assistance Awards are made to pending the availability of funds from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. Award amounts for the TSAA’s will vary according to the expected family contribution and the institution’s cost of tuition and mandatory fees. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be filed annually in order for the student to be considered for a TSAA. This is a grant program and does not have to be repaid.

TSAA applications received by March 1 will receive priority consideration. However, funds for TSAA awards may be depleted earlier, depending on the funding provided for this program by the State Legislature.

Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (HOPE)

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Entering freshmen must have a minimum of a 21 ACT (980 SAT), exclusive of
    the essay and optional subject area battery tests OR
  • Overall weighted minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT (980 SAT), exclusive of the essay and
    optional subject area battery tests
  • GED Applicants – minimum 525 and 21 ACT (980 SAT), exclusive of the essay and
    optional subject area battery tests
  • If a student ceases to be eligible for HOPE, except for GAMS and HOPE Access
    Grant, the student may regain HOPE, one-time only.
  • ACT/SAT exams must be taken prior to the first day of college enrollment.

Additional information regarding scholarship opportunities through the State of Tennessee can be found at www.collegepaystn.com.