Financial Literacy Library

Pellissippi State Community College endeavors to provide our students with financial literacy information in order to assist students with making sound financial decisions. Below you will find a wealth of information to guide you in the right direction and avoid any adverse effects. The Financial Aid Office is always available to assist you with any questions or concerns. You may also visit our Default Aversion Unit’s page for more information.

General Scholarship Search Tool
Listing of available national scholarships

General Financial Aid Information
National Student Guide to Financial Aid

National Student Loan Data System
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Department of Education Information
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CashCourse offers a wealth of financial education resources that can help you build money management skills and prepare you for success.

Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education’s federal student aid information website. Here are some helpful links:
•    Prepare for College (including checklists)
•    Types of Aid and Sources of Money for College
•    Who Gets Aid
•    FAFSASM: Apply for Aid
•    Manage Your Federal Student Loan
•    Parents

This is the federal government’s website that provides federal financial literacy and education programs, grants and other information.  1-888-MyMoney is the federal government’s toll-free Hotline accessible to the public seeking information about federal financial materials.  Information is available in English and Spanish.


You can used this tool any time to learn financial basic. Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and help you manage your finances. Simply log in to and click the COMPLETE FINANCIAL AWARENESS COUNSELING, your will need:

  • 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
  • Students must log in using their own FSA ID to complete Financial Awareness Counseling. Use of another person's FSA ID constitutes fraud. Use only your own FSA ID information.
  • Name(s) of the school(s) you wish to notify of counseling completion

Useful Information to Have

Any details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses. Some of this information can be found in:

  • Your student account information.
  • A copy of the award letter from your school's financial aid office (if you have received it).
  • A listing of the tuition and fees for your school. Visit

There are two ways to access Financial Awareness Counseling:

  • Log-in to using your FSA ID
  • Select "Complete Counseling" on the left-hand navigation bar
  • Select "Financial Awareness Counseling" under "Choose Counseling Type"

If you log in, you will be able to:

  • See your federal student loan information available in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
  • Notify schools of counseling completion
  • View proof of counseling completion

2. Select "Getting Loans" from the top navigation bar on the home page and then "Counseling Demo." Select "Financial Awareness Counseling" under "Choose Counseling Type."

  • You must log in to officially complete the counseling session (option 1 above)
  • The "Counseling Demo" option is informational and allows school administrators to see counseling content without logging in

This site is your source for information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans.  It provides the following information:

  • Complete Counseling
  • Complete Master Promissory Note
  • Request a Direct PLUS Loan
  • Complete Direct Loan Consolidation Loan Application and Promissory Note
  • Complete IBR/Pay As You Earn/ICR Repayment Plan Request
  • View their federal student aid history
  • Get loan servicer contact information
  • Find out how much Pell Grant eligibility they have left
  • Download their federal student aid history into a text file

Need to Contact Your Loan Servicer? Just Click Their Icon to View their Webpage.

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Additional Links:

Understanding Default

Avoiding Student Loan Default: Tips & Advice

7 Ways to Prepare for Student Loan Repayment

A Guide for College Students: How to Get A Degree Without Debt

Getting out of Default

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