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What are Grants?

Grants, unlike a loan, do not have to be repaid. Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Grants may be funded by federal, state, local or institutional funds. The Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

Grants Offered at WSCC

Pell – Federal Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.

Application: FAFSA (yearly)

Award: $0 - $5,775 Year (may change yearly)


  • Needs based – EFC less than 5,198 (may change yearly)
  • Enrolled in Degree or Approved Certificate Program
  • Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen of U.S.
  • Undergraduate
  • Meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Not in default of student loan or owe a federal repayment

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

(Campus Based Aid) It is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need for students with the lowest EFC and highest unmet need. (limited funding available).

Application: FAFSA (yearly)

Award: $0 - $500 year (may change yearly)


  • Lowest EFC and highest unmet need
  • Meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Cannot exceed COA (Cost of Attendance)
  • Not in default of student loan or owe a federal repayment

2015-2016 Access and Diversity Grant

The Access and Diversity Grant is designed to promote diversity, enhance inclusiveness and strengthen the presence of underrepresented groups on campuses. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to those individuals who meet the criteria.

Students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A Tennessee resident
  • Admitted to the college
  • Completed/Submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet with Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement or Special Assistant to the President for Diversity
  • Complete an Access and Diversity Grant application (Deadline for Fall is June 19th)

Students must meet one of the following criteria:
(preference given to students who meet more than one criteria)

  • First generation college student
  • Member of an underrepresented population (Black or African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latin, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Native Alaskan)
  • Non-traditional student (age 25 or older)
  • Documented disability
  • Documented excessive financial need
  • Geographically disadvantaged

The student's unmet need, as determined by data from the FAFSA after all other grants and scholarships have been awarded, will be considered when determining eligibility for this grant.

The award is based on the number of eligible applications received and recommendations from the COTE Grant Committee. The amount of the COTE awards will be based on funding for the number of eligible recipients and determined need.

Maximum Amounts Awarded Based on Hours Enrolled
Hours Enrolled Maximum Amount Awarded
12 or more $1,800
9-11 $1,350
6-8 $900
1-5 $450

Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis, as determined by the COTE Grant Committee. *Subject to change in TBR policy.

Applicant must not be a graduate of a 2-year college, have earned a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. Graduation from WSCC terminates eligibility.

Applications received after the due date will be awarded based on available funds.

Grant recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards as outlined by Walters State Community College:

Requirements to Maintain Eligibility

  • Pace : Is the number of successfully completed hours divided by the number of attempted hours. Students must pass at least 67% of all attempted hours (not earned) in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Attempted hours include: "W, AU, I, IP, N, N/C, W, WD, WF, X". Students placed on Warning, Probation or Removal will be notified via StarNET.
  • Cumulative Progress : In addition to the above standards, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Maximum Hours

  • Associate Degree & Certificate Programs : Recipients majoring in Associate Degree Programs and eligible Certificate Programs are limited to 150% of the required hours of their program of study.

Click here for the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.

Applicants must already be accepted into Walters State or Readmitted prior to applying for the program. Applicants must have completed all requirements for Financial Aid including the verification process in order to be considered. A copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be turned in with this application.


Applications are located in the following locations:

  • Student Support Services
    SSB U130
    Morristown Campus | Student Services Building
  • Counseling and Testing
    SSB U141
    Morristown Campus | Student Services Building

TSAA – State Grant
TN Student Assistance Award

Application: FAFSA (yearly)

Award: $0 – 1,300


  • Needs based – EFC less than 2,100
  • Pell eligible
  • First come first serve (based on submission date of FAFSA)
  • TN Residents
  • Enrolled at least half-time
  • Degree seeking
  • Undergraduate
  • Meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) Cannot exceed COA
  • Not in default of student loan or owe a federal repayment

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program provides non-repayable financial assistance to financially needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee and are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary educational institution in Tennessee. Student must be enrolled at least half-time. This program allows awards to be made for a maximum of four semesters.