Federal & State Grants

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. Find out why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant. Apply by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form

 

Amounts can change yearly

For the 2017–18 award year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,920

For the 2018–19 award year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,095

The amount you get, though, will depend on

  • your financial need,
  • your cost of attendance,
  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • ​your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. 

You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant

If your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, you may be eligible for additional Federal Pell Grant funds if, at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, you were

  • less than 24 years of age or
  • enrolled in college or career school at least part-time.

If you meet these requirements and are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, your eligibility will be calculated as if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) were zero. Payments are adjusted if you are enrolled less than full-time.

If you meet those requirements but aren’t eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant due to your EFC being too high, you might be able to get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG program is administered directly by the Office of Financial Aid at Hiwassee College. Apply by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.  You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds at Hiwassee College. On average a student will be awarded $2,000 at Hiwassee College.

Hiwassee College receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Once the full amount of the FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year. This system works differently from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student.

So, make sure you apply for federal student aid as early as you can. Hiwassee College sets its own deadlines for campus-based funds. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

 

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

 The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who   are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.   Students must complete the FAFSA application, be a TN resident, and meet the minimum high school GPA requirements and/or   ACT/SAT requirements.

Aspire Award Eligibility

 Students with parents that are not required to file a tax return will also be eligible. Eligibility criteria for independent students (and   spouse) shall include the HOPE Scholarship criteria and an AGI of $36,000 or less are not required to file a tax return. Professional   judgment decisions on income will be allowed. Non-traditional students are not eligible for the Aspire Award.

Tennessee HOPE Access Grant

 The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who   are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.   Students must complete the FAFSA application, be a TN resident, meet the minimum high school GPA requirements and/or   ACT/SAT requirements, and family adjusted gross income requirements.

Foster Child Tuition Grant

 

 The Foster Child Tuition Grant is a stand-alone award program. Students must meet the minimum academic requirements for     HOPE or HOPE Access that apply to the method by which the student graduated from high school. Students may lose the HOPE or   HOPE Access Grant but may maintain the Foster Child Tuition Grant based on maintaining satisfactory progress at the eligible   postsecondary institution. Unless the school’s satisfactory progress policy requires, students are not required to maintain   continuous enrollment. TSAC in collaboration with the Department of Children Services will utilize its services to identify potentially   eligible students. Once students are identified, TSAC will notify the schools regarding potentially eligible students.

 

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

 The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to   financially-needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee.

Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program (TNP)

 Tennessee resident/U.S. citizen/eligible non-citizen/students who graduate from an eligible high school, homeschool, or earn a   GED/HISET (prior to 19th birthday) can receive an award at an eligible postsecondary institution toward tuition and mandatory   fees after all other gift aid has been first applied. Students must attend mandatory meetings and participate in a mentoring   program. College students must attend full-time, continue to participate in the mentoring program, and perform 8 hours of   community service prior to each term the award is received. This scholarship program began in the 2015-16 academic year.

 

Tennessee Reconnect

 Tennessee Reconnect is the State of Tennessee’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills,   advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.