Federal and State Grants

Federal Grants


Federal Pell Grant

Federal funds available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree; are working towards a degree; AND must meet the federal government's eligibility criteria. Award amounts vary based on a student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Awards will be adjusted if the student is not enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).  

Students can only receive a Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters or equivalent. This limitation includes Federal Pell Grant received from all post-secondary institutions. For more information about the Federal Pell Grant, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Federal funds available to undergraduate degree-seeking students who have not earned a bachelor's degree with exceptional need. The amount of SEOG funds is limited. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive the SEOG award. For additional information about the SEOG, please visit Federal Student Aid website.  

Federal TEACH Grant Program

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grants up to $4,000 per academic year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin career in teaching. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, a student must sign a TEACH Agreement to Serve agreeing to (among other requirements) teach in a high-need field; at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves low-income families; and for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing the course of study for which the grant was received. IMPORTANT: If the service obligation is not complete, all TEACH Grant funds will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid.  

State Grants

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee ReConnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award and the Dual Enrollment grant. For additional information, please visit  TSAC  for application deadlines and eligibility criteria.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a non-repayable state grant program for undergraduate Tennessee residents pursuing a first bachelor's degree. This award is contingent upon Pell Grant eligibility, state funding and early submission of the FAFSA. To receive priority award consideration, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by October 1st. For additional information, please visit TSAC for application deadlines and eligibility.