Resources contributed by government and local agencies


Federal Student Financial Aid Programs

  • Federal Pell Grant – This need-based grant is given to help undergraduates defray the cost of education. Eligible students may receive these funds to attend an eligible post-secondary school.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – This grant is given based on exceptional financial need and is awarded primarily to Federal Pell Grant recipients.
 
 
Other Types of Federal Assistance
  • Military – If you or your parent/guardian is in active duty, a reservist, or a veteran, you may be eligible for federal assistance. Visit the Veterans Affairs office at your institution.
  • Workforce and Vocational Rehabilitation Education – Benefits may be available to qualified students. Visit www.tn.gov/workforce for more information.
  • Indian Higher Education Grant Program – Students who are members of an Indian tribe may be eligible for assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Contact your tribal headquarters or visit www.bie.edu for more information.
 

State Aid Programs

Many states offer scholarships, need-based grants, and special loan programs to help residents pay for college. Application processes and deadlines vary from state to state. Check with your high school counselor for details.
 

University & Private Scholarship Assistance

Aside from federal assistance, most scholarships and grants are offered directly from colleges and universities based on academic merit, athletic ability, financial need, the study of a specific discipline, and other criteria. Competition for scholarships is fierce! Schools usually require additional applications and have specific deadlines for receipt of their applications. Private scholarships and grants may also be available from corporations, civic groups, and philanthropic and religious organizations, but finding these resources may require extensive research. Start with high school counselors, financial aid offices, local libraries, religious organizations, your parents’ or guardians’ employers, current college students, and the Internet.

 

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