Student Services Building
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).
In order to continue to meet eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Promise students must submit all documents to the Financial Aid Office by JUNE 15TH for the account to be complete by August 1st. Failure to meet this requirement will result in loss of eligibility for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship.
Don't forget to complete your first 8 hours of community service by August 1st!
To Learn More About the Tennessee Promise Click Here
At Walters State, we value the academic accomplishments of students from our area and are introducing a new scholarship program beginning Fall 2015 to help students achieve their educational goals. Walters State Promise Scholarships are guaranteed to students that meet certain academic criteria.
Senators Scholars – available to graduating seniors who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7 and 26 National or State ACT score prior to the first day of class this fall.
Senators Scholars Dual Enrollment Award – supplemental award to former dual enrollment students who meet the Senators Scholars requirements and have at least 12 institutional earned hours of college credit at Walters State with a 3.0 college level GPA.
Senators Dual Enrollment Achievement Award – awarded to graduating seniors who have earned at least 12 institutional hours of college credit with a 3.0 college GPA as a Walters State dual enrollment student.
Senators Adult Learner Completion Award – awarded to adult students 26 years or older that have earned at least 45 to 70 college hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA that are within 15 credit hours of current degree completion.
Come by the Financial Aid Office for a detailed list of requirements to meet and maintain eligibility for these scholarships.
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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.
Your Federal Student Aid PIN is being replaced with a FSA ID effective May 10, 2015. Students and Parents will create a username and password as part of the new FSA ID process to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. The FSA ID will be used to confirm your identity when you sign the FAFSA or other Federal Student Aid documents. Learn how to create your FSA ID.
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.
Reminder the FAFSA is a free application!
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.
EOC counselors are available to assist students with FAFSA in our entire service area. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
The Financial Aid census Date for the Fall 2015 term is September 6th 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 28th. 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 $2166 based on eligibility and current enrollment status as of August 23rd.
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 $2166 to $2888.
Student B is enrolled in 12 credit hours and receiving a Pell grant in the amount of $2888 based on eligibility and current enrollment status as of August 23rd.
The student has attended all courses registered for but on September 6th 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 $2888 to $1444.
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.
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.