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