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A majority of Walters State students receive financial aid to help pay for college. A variety of resources are available from federal, state institutional and private sources including grants, scholarships and work study programs. One of the first steps in the financial aid process is filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).

Have questions about financial aid? Click here to start learning more about the process and how it applies to you. Let's get started with Financial Aid 101.

Financial Aid News

2015-2016 FAFSA

Apply Now!

The 2015-2016 FAFSA application is now available. This application must be completed each year as it is required for all federal and state programs, including the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship and Tennessee Promise.

If applying early prior to completing your 2014 federal tax return, you can complete the application using "estimated" income information.  However, the application must be updated with accurate data after the tax return is filed.   

The Financial Aid priority deadline for the Fall 2015 term is June 30, 2015.

WS Scholarship Application (Deadline extended)
Sept 2, 2014 – March 17, 2015

Due to technical issues over the weekend some students were unable to complete the Walters State Scholarship application and as a result the scholarship deadline has been extended to the end of the day on March 17, 2014.All students, new and returning, are encouraged to apply.  No exceptions can be made for late applications after the deadline has passed. 


Learn about the steps for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
tutorial seven easy steps to the fafsa

Reminder the FAFSA is a free application!

Need Help Completing the FAFSA?

A local counselor from the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will be available to assist students with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the Walters State Morristown Campus each Wednesday. There is no charge for this service. Please call 423-585-6811 to schedule your appointment now. The 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available starting January 1, 2015 and appointments will go quickly.

Click here for a list of documents to complete your FAFSA.

Click here for a list of dates and times service is available on the Morristown Campus.

EOC counselors are available to assist students with FAFSA in our entire service area. Click here to learn more.

Scholarship Opportunity
Students transferring to Tennessee State University (TSU)

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Tennessee State University (TSU) is offering transfer scholarships to students who graduate from one of the thirteen Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges. To be eligible you must apply by April 1st.

WS Scholarship Application
Sept 2, 2014 – March 15, 2015

The scholarship application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now open. All students, new and returning, are encouraged to apply. The application will be available until March 15, 2015.

Apply Now

Fall 2015 Priority Deadline

The priority deadline for Fall 2015 is June 30, 2015. In order to have aid packaged by fee payment deadlines the FAFSA must be filed and all verifications documents submitted to our office by this date. Be proactive by submitting all required documents and checking your StarNET account frequently. Students that fail to meet the financial aid priority deadline should make other arrangements to pay fees. Failure to pay fees by the appropriate deadline may result in a student schedule being deleted.

Class of 2015
Apply Now for the Tennessee Promise
August 15 – November 1

Beginning with the class of 2015, Tennessee High School graduates have an opportunity to apply for the Tennessee Promise. The Tennessee Promise is a last dollar scholarship program, meaning that it will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees only, not covered by the Federal Pell Grant, Tennessee Hope Scholarship or Tennessee Student Assistance Award.

Students must apply for the Tennessee promise between August 15 and November 1, 2014. Click Here to Apply Now

To Learn More About the Tennessee Promise Click Here

Student Checklist

New Financial Aid Census Date Effective Fall 2014
September 7th or the 14th day of the full term

The new Financial Aid census Date for the Fall 2014 term is September 7th or the 14th day of the full term. As a result, if your enrollment status changes due to adding or dropping of courses thru this date awards will be adjusted accordingly. However, keep in mind that the last day to add courses is August 29th . Students are strongly encouraged to always check with the Financial Aid office prior to adjusting their schedule. Review the examples below to see how this change may impact your award:


  • Student A is enrolled in 9 credit hours and receiving a Pell grant in the amount of $2149 based on eligibility and current enrollment status as of August 24th. On August 27th the student decides to add a 3 credit hour course which will increase the students enrollment status from 9 hours(three quarter time) to 12 hours (full time). The student award would increase from $2149 to $2865.
  • Student B is enrolled in 12 credit hours and receiving a Pell grant in the amount of $2865 based on eligibility and current enrollment status as of August 24th. The student has attended all courses registered for but on September 7th the student decides to drop two courses or 6 credit hours which will reduce the students enrollment status from 12 credit hours (full time) to 6 credit hours (half-time). The student award would decrease from $2865 to $1433.

Please note that changes in enrollment status may result in a cancellation of funds initially applied to the account, repayment of tuition and fees and may also impact your future eligibility. Please come by or call the financial aid office if you have questions.

Books and Supplies

The college does offer a provision to allow students an opportunity to purchase books and supplies. Click here for more detailed information, including updates on when all balance of aid funds will be released.

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell Grant Funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be equivalent of six years (600%) of Pell Grant Funding or receipt of a Bachelor's degree whichever is sooner. A student whose Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is equal or exceeds 600% is no longer eligible to receive Pell funding.

The Department of Education keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding. This change in the duration of students' Federal Pell Grant eligibility is not limited only to students who received their first Federal Pell Grant on or after the 2008-2009 award year, as the HEA previously provided when the duration of eligibility was 18 semesters.

The purpose of the Financial Aid Office at Walters State Community College is to provide access to higher education for all students by providing comprehensive financial assistance through quality service and timely processing of aid for all eligible students.