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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

Fall 2014 Priority Deadline

The priority deadline for Fall 2014 is June 30, 2014. 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.

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, students that adjust their schedule due to adding or dropping of courses thru this date will have awards 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:

Examples

  • 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.

2014-2015 FAFSA

Apply Now!

The 2014-2015 FAFSA application is available. This application must be completed each year as it is required for all federal and state programs, including the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship.  

If applying early prior to completing your 2013 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 2014 term is June 30, 2014.  

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 beginning December 4th.  There is no charge for this service.  Please call 423-585-6811 to schedule your appointment now.  The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be available starting January 1, 2014 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.

2014-2015 Walters State Scholarship Application

The scholarship application for the 2014-2015 academic year is now closed. Scholarship award offers will begin being mailed in mid-April and will continue until all scholarships are awarded.

The scholarship application for the 2015-2016 academic year will open on September 1, 2014.

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.

Still Haven't Filed Your 2013-2014 FAFSA?

It's not too late, Apply Now! The 2013-2014 FAFSA application is available. This application must be completed each year as it is required for all federal and state programs, including the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship.

Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. This option allows tax return information to be transferred electronically from the IRS database directly into the FAFSA.

Reminder: some students and parents may not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool based on filing status or type of return. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to provide the Financial Aid Office a copy of an official IRS tax return transcript if selected for verification.

Need help completing the FAFSA?

Click here for a video tutorial to help students and parents complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

tutorial seven easy steps to the fafsa

Not sure how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

Click here for a free video tutorial to help students and parents transfer data from the IRS database directly into the FAFSA application.

tutorial seven easy steps to the fafsa

Already Filed Your 2013-2014 FAFSA?

The FAFSA is only the first step in the financial aid application process.  The financial aid office may need additional information to complete the processing of your application.  Have you checked your StarNET account? Click here to log into your StarNET account now.

Have you activated your STARmail account? If not, click here to activate now. Financial Aid notices will be sent to your student email account; this is the college's primary mode of communication

Students are encouraged to check their STARmail and StarNET accounts at least on a weekly basis for updates.

Attention Class of 2014: tnAchieves Scholars

tnAchieves provides an opportunity for Tennessee public high school graduates to receive assistance for community college tuition.  Because tnAchieves is a “last dollar” scholarship, it fills the gap between what the student is expected to pay in tuition after all federal and state monies have been awarded.

For more information about the tnAchieves program, please click here to visit the tnAchieves website.

Important Deadlines

To become a tnAchieves scholar you must comply with the following requirements and deadlines as listed below:

  • You will also be required to attend an assigned tnAchieves New Student Orientation (NSO) held during the summer.
  • Provide all documents to the post-secondary institution by the established deadline of selected for financial aid verification. Note: The Financial Aid Priority Deadline for WSCC is June 30, 2013.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Attend a mandatory college meeting in September
  • Complete at least eight hours of community service each semester.  This service can begin in June following the student’s high school graduation.  Refer to the tnAchieves website for more information.

Should you decide to drop classes after the 100% refund period without consulting with tnAchieves, you will be responsible for tuition payment. Furthermore, should you decide not to attend classes, you will be responsible for tuition payment.

Direct Stafford Loan Program Ending at Walters State

Effective with the 2013-2014 academic year Walters State Community College will no longer be participating in the William D. Ford Direct Stafford Loan Program.  As a result, we encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2013.

Alternatives for funding your college education cost are available here.  Also, the college does offer a deferred payment plan.  Click here for information on the college’s deferred payment plan

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.