A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. The amount you are awarded is calculated from the information provided on the FAFSA and will depend on your financial need, your cost to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
The maximum amount of Pell Grant an eligible student can receive each year is equal to 150% (50% fall, 50% spring and 50% summer) of the scheduled amount. The lifetime eligibility for Pell Grants is limited to a total of 12 full-time semesters. For more information and how to calculate the lifetime eligibility, visit the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility page.
To be eligible for Pell in the summer, eligible students must be enrolled a minimum of 6 credit hours in their degree program.
Note: Students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001 are automatically eligible for the maximum Pell grant award. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time in college at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid. SEOG award amounts are based on funding for per institution. We are currently awarding $200 - $800 per year. These funds are limited and priority is given to the earliest qualifying applicants until the school's funds are depleted.
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing coursework to begin a career in teaching. You will be required to teach
*Tennessee’s published list in 2018 included English (Grades 7–12), ESL (Pre-K–Grade 12), Mathematics (Grades 7–12), Science (Grades 7–12), Social Studies (Grades 7–12), Special Education (K–Grade 12), and World Languages (Grades 7–12).
NOTE: If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grants you received will be converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans. You must repay these loans in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
Award recipients must attend an eligible Tennessee school, college or university and be enrolled at least half time. You must list the eligible institution as your first choice on your FAFSA.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
To receive priority consideration, students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 each year.
Prior-year TSAA recipients (renewal awards) will receive the award if they meet all eligibility requirements and correctly complete the FAFSA on or before February 1. Remaining funds will be awarded to the neediest applicants who did not receive the award the prior year and correctly completed the FAFSA by February 1. Awards are based on the availability of funds and are made until those funds are depleted.
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