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State Grants

The priority deadline date for campus-based aid is February 1st of each year. If you change your enrollment status within the first 14 days of classes, your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly and you may possibly be billed.

Tennessee Student Assistance Awards

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to financially-needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half time at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary institution in Tennessee. Funds are awarded on a first come, first-served basis.

The Helping Heroes Grant

The Helping Heroes Grant is awarded on a first-come, first served basis. In order to be eligible, the student must be an honorably discharged veteran who formally served in the armed forces in the United States, or a former or current member of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military service of the United States. If you are eligible to apply, do not wait! Awardees will receive $1000 per semester (full-time) or $500 per semester (part-time) for up to eight semesters. This grant is not awarded until grades are confirmed at the end of the term.

TN Hope Access Grant

A student who was not eligible to receive the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship may be eligible to receive the TN Hope Access Grant in the amount of $2,500 at 4-year institutions, provided the student meets the following qualifications:

  • Entering freshmen must have a minimum weighted 2.75 GPA AND 18 - 20 ACT (860 - 970 SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests AND
  • Parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

The grant is non-renewable. Upon reaching 24 attempted credit hours, students will be reviewed for TN Hope Lottery Scholarship eligibility.

TN Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant

A foster child is defined as one who was in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services:

  • For at least one year after reaching 14 years of age;
  • For at least one year after reaching 14 years of age and placed for adoption by the Department of Children’s Services or one of its adoption contract agencies and the adoption was finalized;
  • For at least one year and placed in permanent guardianship by the Department of Children’s Services after reaching 14 years of age.

The receipt of a Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant is contingent upon the following:

  • Student must meet the high school requirements for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship or Tennessee HOPE Access grant; and
  • Be admitted to an eligible postsecondary institution. Academically qualifying for any of these award programs does not guarantee admission to an eligible postsecondary institution.