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State Grants

The priority deadline date for campus based aid is April 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.

State Grants

State grant funds are available to students who meet their State's eligibility criteria and any published application deadline dates.

  • 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 TSAA is a state-funded grant program and includes funds from the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and the federal LEAP/SLEAP program.

  • 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 had 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! A limited number of participants will receive $1000 per semester (full-time) or $500 per semester (part-time) for up to eight semesters.

  • TN Hope Access Grant

    Award amount - $2,750 for 4-year institutions (and 2-year schools offering on-campus housing); $1,750 for 2-year institutions

    • 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
    • Grant non-renewable – Student will be eligible for Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by meeting HOPE Scholarship renewal criteria and maintaining enrollment and other applicable requirements without the award
  • 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 (1) year after reaching fourteen (14) years of age;
    • For at least one (1) year after reaching fourteen (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; or
    • For at least one (1) year and placed in permanent guardianship by the Department of Children’s Services after reaching fourteen (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.
  • Dual Enrollment Grant

    The Dual Enrollment Grant program is defined as a grant for study at an eligible postsecondary institution that is funded from net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to students who are attending high school and who are also enrolled in college courses at eligible postsecondary institutions for which they will receive college credit.
    The Dual Enrollment Grant program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. This program provides opportunities for students to begin working toward a college degree, while still pursuing a high school diploma, and encourages post-secondary education and the acceleration of post-secondary attainment.