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Scholarships, Grants, Work Study & Loans

State & Federal Financial Aid

To find out if you qualify for any federal or state financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. You must also complete the FAFSA before you apply for a scholarship from Pellissippi State.

The FAFSA application period opens in October each year and closes in January.


Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant provides financial assistance determined on the basis of student and family financial resources. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid site.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The SEOG provides funds for students who qualify as having “extreme financial need.” For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid site.


Tennessee Student Assistance Award
TSAA is a state grant program that assists eligible Tennessee residents enrolled as undergraduate students at certain colleges and universities. For more information, visit the State of Tennessee site.


Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship
HOPE is a state scholarship program that provides financial assistance to eligible Tennessee residents enrolled as undergraduate students at certain colleges and universities. For more information, visit the State of Tennessee site.


Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program that provides financial assistance to graduating high-school seniors who wish to earn an associate degree. You qualify for Tennessee Promise if you meet and maintain certain criteria throughout your college career. For more information, visit the tnAchieves or Tennessee Promise site.


Veterans Affairs & GI Bill
Pellissippi State has a Veterans Affairs Office that can help veterans navigate the requirements and deadlines to claim financial aid through the GI Bill.

 

Pellissippi State Scholarships

Pellissippi State offers hundreds of scholarships that can make it possible for you to attend college — based on a wide range of criteria, including financial need, academic qualifications, program of study and more. To be matched with a scholarship, complete the Scholarship Application and submit a Scholarship Recommendation Letter.

The Scholarship Recommendation Letter is a written recommendation from a faculty member, advisor, teacher, employer or another person who can speak to your academic or professional achievements.

The scholarship application must be completed by the priority financial aid application deadline each semester. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and scholarship awards are contingent upon available funding.

 

Work Study

Pellissippi State offers students the chance to participate in two work-study programs: the Federal Work-Study Program and the America Reads Challenge Program. To qualify for either, you must complete the FAFSA and then complete the Federal Work-Study Application, which is available in myPellissippi under Financial Aid.

Once the FAFSA and the application are on file, you’ll be notified within 3-5 business days if you are eligible for either work-study program.

The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs in administrative offices on campus to students who qualify. The America Reads Challenge Program is part of the Federal Work-Study Program, and places work-study students in local elementary schools as reading tutors.

More information about the requirements of participation is available at the Federal Student Aid site.

 

External Scholarships

You may also be interested in applying for scholarships from external groups. Remember to always verify the legitimacy of external groups offering scholarships. You may qualify for a scholarship from one of these groups or as part of one of these programs:

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

East Tennessee Foundation

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Knoxville Area Urban League

National Contract Management Association of East Tennessee

Project GRAD

University of Tennessee

 

Loans

For students who don’t qualify for grants or scholarships, or who need additional funds to meet their expenses, loan programs can help fund educational needs. Pellissippi State participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, which includes subsidized and unsubsidized students loans, as well as Parent Plus loans.

Remember, unlike grants and scholarships, loans must be repaid.

For more information, visit our loan programs site.