Financial Aid

Tuition Assistance

A college education is an investment in your future. At Bryan College, our Financial Aid Office provides the resources and advice necessary to finance your degree. We have a wide selection of scholarships and grants, ranging from $500 to full tuition.

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Apply for Financial Aid

We’ve laid out a step-by-step process to connect you with the financial aid that will make your Bryan College experience more affordable.

You must be accepted for admission in order to receive financial aid. Apply now.

This serves as your identifier to let you sign your FAFSA and access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. 

If you want to be considered for need-based financial assistance, you will need to complete and submit the FAFSA. All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance as soon after January 1 as possible, and before the priority filing date of January 31. Include Bryan College as a school on your application.

School Code: 003536
College Name: Bryan College
Address: 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, TN 37321

About 30% of our students are selected for the verification process. If you are selected, you will receive a request for signed copies of tax documents. 

Award letters to accepted students begin mailing in March and are posted in MyBryan. Details are in your financial aid package. 

Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid recipients must demonstrate through their scholastic records that they are making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their program(s) of study in order to maintain eligibility for enrolling in classes and receiving any form of federal, state, or College financial assistance. Academic progress for financial aid is measured at the end of each term utilizing qualitative and quantitative standards.

Credit Definitions

Credits attempted are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (“D-“ or better, “P”, or “S*”), or an “F”, “I”, “W”, “WP”, “WF”, “AW”, “NR” or “U*”. Credits earned are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (“D-“ or better, “P”, or “S”). Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course; however, the highest grade will be counted once as credits earned. Credits transferred from other institutions are awarded a “P” and are included in the qualitative and quantitative calculations.

Qualitative Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility

This standard measures a student‘s quality of performance in terms of credits earned and Bryan College cumulative grade point average (GPA), as shown below.

Credit Hours EarnedCumulative GPA
56 & above2.0


Quantitative Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility

This standard has two components: maximum time frame and course completion rate. The maximum time frame in which a student must complete a program of study cannot exceed 150 percent of the published program length measured in credit hours attempted. Example: A student pursuing a program that contains 120 hours would be allowed to attempt a maximum of 180 hours [120 x 150 percent (1.5) = 180].

The number of hours attempted includes any transfer hours accepted from other institutions that are applied to the student‘s program of study. In conjunction with the maximum program length, students must successfully complete (measured as credit hours earned) at least 66.67 percent of all coursework attempted as they progress through their program of study. This is a cumulative process, illustrated as follows: A student has maintained satisfactory academic progress for the first two terms of enrollment. However, at the end of the third term, the student‘s academic transcript indicates 45 hours attempted and 27 hours earned. The course completion rate is 60.0 percent (27 divided by 45). The student does not meet the required 66.67 percent standard and thus will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the following term.

Financial Aid Warning

A student who does not meet satisfactory academic progress standards is placed on Financial Aid Warning for one term, during which the student is eligible to receive financial aid. If the student meets the standards at the end of the probationary term, the student is removed from Financial Aid Warning status and maintains financial aid eligibility. If the student does not meet the standards at the end of the probationary term, the student is placed on Financial Aid Suspension.

Financial Aid Suspension

A student on Financial Aid Suspension is not eligible for any form of federal, state, or College financial assistance and remains ineligible until satisfactory academic progress standards in Bryan College courses are met.

Appeal Process

A student who feels mitigating circumstances existed that adversely affected the student‘s ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress may submit a written appeal within five business days of receiving notification of the suspension status. This appeal should be directed to the Director of Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Advisory Committee will hold a hearing in a timely manner to hear the appeal. The committee is chaired by the Director of Financial Aid as a non-voting member except in the eventuality of a tie. Other members are the Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Dean of Students, and the current faculty chair. The student is allowed to bring documentation, address the committee, and have other people speak on his behalf. The committee votes by secret ballot. If a student‘s appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term. After the Financial Aid Probation term the student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress or must successfully follow an academic plan. If the student‘s appeal is not approved the student has no additional recourse.

Financial Aid Verification

Verification is the process of confirming the accuracy of certain information reported by you and your parents or spouse on the FAFSA. Each year approximately 30% of student applicants nationwide are randomly selected by the Federal Central Processing System for verification. You may also be selected by the College. There are four classifications of verification for which you may be selected. These different classifications require different types of information to be verified by the Financial Aid Office. If you are selected, the Financial Aid Office will identify which classification of verification that must be performed and notify you of the required documentation that you and your parents or spouse must submit to validate the information used to file the FAFSA.

The three classifications of verification are:

  • Income Verification
  • Authentication Verification
  • Aggregate Verification

Because of the large role that financial aid plays in the college decision process for first-time freshman and transfer students, new students considering Bryan College who are selected for verification will be pre-packaged with a preliminary award based on unverified FAFSA data.  The financial aid package will not be official and no aid will be disbursed to the student account until verification is complete.

Continuing/returning students selected for verification will not be packaged until verification is complete. In general, current students can expect and plan for a similar financial aid package from year to year as long as family financial circumstances have not changed and the student continues to meet all requirements related to academic or talent-based scholarships.

Once the required documentation is received, the Financial Aid Office will compare the submitted documents to the information initially provided on your FAFSA. If there are any discrepancies with the information initially provided on the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will make the corrections and you will receive an updated Student Aid Report (SAR). Occasionally the documentation that was provided to the Financial Aid Office does not provide all of the necessary information to complete the verification process. In these situations, you will be contacted by a Financial Aid staff member outlining the additional documentation that is needed. Two to three weeks after the verification process is complete you will receive your official award notification.

If you were not initially selected for verification and an official award letter was sent, but subsequently, a correction was made to your FAFSA, you may then be selected for verification. If you are selected for verification your financial aid will be placed on hold until the verification process has been completed.  If the process requires our office to make corrections to your FAFSA and those changes necessitate a change in your financial aid award you will receive a revised award letter within two to three weeks that will replace your previous award offer.

For maximum aid consideration and to ensure that your financial aid eligibility is established and confirmed promptly, we strongly encourage you to complete the verification process within 15 DAYS of notification.  Contact the Financial Aid Office if you experience any issues or foresee a delay in meeting this requirement. We are ready to assist you in successfully completing this process in a timely manner.

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Contact Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321
Mercer 204, Box #7787

Office Phone: 423-775-7339