• What is Federal Student Aid

    Federal Student Aid is money from the federal government that helps a student pay for higher education.  It usually covers tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation. Aid can also help pay for a computer and for dependent care.  Federal Student Aid is applied for when you fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) beginning January 1st of the student's senior year.  The application process is done online and not through the school at all.  We will post different help sessions when we learn of them that you can attend for additional help, but we can only provide an email address or phone number. 
    There are 3 main categories of  Federal Student Aid:
    Grants:  These are based on financial need, and does not have to be repaid.
    Work-Study:  Money earned while attending school and does not have to be repaid.
    Loans:  These are given, but must be repaid with interest.
    ***All of these are applied for when you fill out your FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov 
    Tennessee Student Assistance Awards 
    The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a state funded program that includes funding from the Tennessee Education Lottery.  This program provides non-repayable financial assistance to financially-needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee.  You must be enrolled, accepted and attend at least half-time at a public, or private, college in Tennessee.  TSAA Eligibility requirements are to correctly fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st (this includes corrections), be a Tennessee Resident and U.S. Citizen, and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 to 2100. 
    TSAA Annual Full-Time Award Amounts:
    *Private 2 & 4 year institutions (BAOG Eligible) $4,000 
    *Private 2 & 4 year institutions (Non BAOG Eligible) $2,000
    *Public 4 year and career institutions $2,000
    *Public 2 year institutions $1,300
    *Tennessee College of Applied Technology $1,000
    (awards are adjusted if the student enrolls 1/2 or 3/4 time) 
    First priority is given to renewal applicants who apply by the deadline.  Second priority is given to new applicants who apply by the deadline and have a zero EFC.  New applicants who apply by the deadline and have between a 1 and 2100 EFC will be awarded if any funding is available.  Past a 2100 EFC, no TSAA awards are given.   
    Important Items to Remember:
    *Students applying for TSAA need to correctly complete the FAFSA by March 1st.
    *A student must select TN in question 18 on the FAFSA for TSAC to receive the information.
    *The TSAA award will be sent to the first TSAA eligible school listed on the FAFSA.
    *A student may update their school choice by completing the Institution Change Request on the TSAC student portal. 
    ***For more information regarding federal student aid contact or visit the following:  1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) toll-free, or 1-800-730-8913 (toll-free TTY for the hearing impaired), a college financial aid office, http://www.studentaid.gov or http://www.studentaid@ed.gov