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Types of Financial Aid

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.


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. Ensure Pellissippi State is listed as your college of choice on the application.

HOPE Scholarship FAFSA Deadline

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018
September 1 February 1 February 1


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 site. Ensure Pellissippi State is listed as your college of choice on the application.


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. View the VA benefit programs or call 865-694-6472 or email


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.



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. We also certify some private alternative loans. Attendance in courses is required in order to receive financial aid.

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


Federal Loans

Students may request a loan through myPellissippi. First-time loan borrowers must submit to loan entrance counseling and submit a master promissory note in order for the loan request to be completed.

Parents who wish to apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan may complete our Federal Direct PLUS loan Request Form and, for first-time loan borrowers, submit a master promissory note.

Last Day To Submit a Student or Parent PLUS Loan Request form

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018
November 15 April 15 July 15


Alternative Loans

A private alternative loan is a non-federal educational loan through a private lending institution, so each loan’s terms and conditions may vary. We recommend that students and parents not apply for a private loan until all financial aid and federal loan options have been exhausted. We don’t endorse any alternative loan lenders, and we’re not responsible for the timeliness of private loans. No refunds of alternative loan funds occur until all Pellissippi State charges are covered.

If you do acquire a private loan, Pellissippi State will verify your eligibility as a student of our institution. After the loan has covered all Pellissippi State charges, excess funds may be released to you.


Loan Disbursement

Federal regulations require student loans be disbursed in two equal disbursements. For most students, this means half of a loan will be disbursed in fall and the other half in spring. For single-semester loans half of the loan is disbursed at the beginning of the semester and half in the middle of the semester.

Loan disbursement dates may be different than typical excess financial aid disbursement dates. Dates differ depending on whether or not a student has had a loan before and what semester the student’s loan is for.

Students Who Have Had Loans Before

Loan Was for Fall & Spring Semesters Loan Was for Fall Semester Only Loan Was For Spring Semester Only Loan Was for Summer Semester Only
September 18
February 6
September 18 &
October 23
February 6 &
March 13
June 15 & 28


Students Who Have NOT Had Loans Before

Loan Was for Fall & Spring Semesters Loan Was for Fall Semester Only Loan Was For Spring Semester Only Loan Was for Summer Semester Only
September 28
February 6
September 28 &
October 23
February 16 &
March 13
June 28 & 29


Exit Loan Counseling

If you received a loan while you were a student at Pellissippi State and you then drop below half-time attendance, withdraw, graduate, stop attending or otherwise do not return to Pellissippi State, the federal government requires you to complete exit loan counseling. This is true even if you plan to attend another institution when you graduate from Pellissippi State. Exit counseling gives you important information about repaying your student loans. Students complete exit loan counseling at


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


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 the “Financial Aid” tab.

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.

Students can find work study jobs on the myPellissippi job board, and should contact the manager or supervisor for each posted job to apply for it.

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.

Contact Us

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Text: 865-270-6400
Phone: 865.694.6400
Fax: 865-539-7691
(all faxed documents must include the student's P# or will not be processed)

FAFSA School Code 012693 


Locations and Office Hours:

We have financial aid experts on each campus.

Hardin Valley Campus
Goins Administration Building, Room 157
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Blount County Campus
Room 122
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Division Street Campus
Room 115
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Magnolia Avenue Campus
Room 154
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Strawberry Plains Campus
Main Office
Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Available remotely other days)


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