Federal and State Aid

Federal Aid

Program

Requirements

Details

Application

Federal Pell Grant

Based on results from the FAFSA

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need based on the Expected Family Contribution calculated from information provided on the FAFSA.

Amount Varies (2014-2015 maximum $5,730/year)

FAFSA

SEOG Grant 

Students that have a FAFSA EFC of 0

The SEOG Grant is a Federal need based program that awards $1,000 to students that have a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA. This Grant will be awarded until funds have been depleted.
 

FAFSA

TEACH Grant

Eligibility information

This Grant is awarded to students who are planning to teach in high-need subjects in designated Title I schools that serve low-income students.

TEACH Application

Tennessee State Aid

Program

Requirements

Details

Application

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

Minimum 21 ACT or 980 SAT or Unweighted GPA of 3.0

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is awarded to students who graduate from TN high schools and who meet the requirements. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $4,000 per year

FAFSA

General Assembly Merit Scholarship

Minimum weighted 3.75 GPA and 29 ACT

The General Assembly Merit Scholarship is for entering freshman who have excelled in their TN high school.  This scholarship is in conjunction with the TN HOPE Scholarship.  For more information, please click here.

Amount - $1,000 per year + $4,000 HOPE Scholarship

FAFSA

Aspire Award

Must meet the HOPE Scholarship requirements and must have parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

The Aspire Award rewards students an extra scholarship on their HOPE Award if they meet the requirements. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $1,500 per year + $4,000 HOPE Scholarship
 

FAFSA

Tennessee HOPE Access Grant

Minimum unweighted GPA 2.75 GPA and 18-20 ACT/860-970 SAT and must have parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

The Tennessee HOPE Access Grant gives students an opportunity to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship after their first year if the renewal requirements are met. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $2,750
 

FAFSA

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

Based on results from the FAFSA. Must submit FAFSA by early January

FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 2100 or less. For more information, please click here.

Full-time Award:  $4,000

Prorated Award (3/4 time): $3,000

Prorated Award (1/2 time): $2,000

FAFSA

Ned McWherter Scholarship

Minimum 3.5 GPA and

ACT/SAT Score in the Top 5% Nationally. Application Due: February 15th

The Ned WcWherter Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship to reward Tennessee students who finish in the Top 5% nationally on the ACT or SAT.  A separate application is required. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $6,000 per year
 

Apply

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Christa McAuliffe Scholarship

Intended Career: Education

Application Due: April 1st

The Christa McAuliffe Scholarship rewards current college seniors who intend to teach in Tennessee Schools.  A separate application is required. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $1,000

Apply

Online

Minority Teaching Fellows Program

Minority Student who is a high school senior or continuing college student.

High School Senior: 2.75 GPA and 18 ACT/Top 25% in class. Continuing College Student: 2.5 GPA

Application Due: April 15th

The Minority Teaching Fellows Program rewards minority students who commit to teach in the State of Tennessee.  A separate application is required. 

For more information, please click here.

Amount - $5,000 per year

Apply

Online