Completing the FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA

WSCC School Code 008863


7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA Tutorial


To receive student financial aid, you need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every school year. The WSCC academic year begins July 1 and ends June 30. For Financial Aid purposes, summer school is considered a "trailer", the last term of the academic year. Regardless of when classes end, the start date determines which FAFSA should be completed.



Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Complete the FAFSA Form


Please read each question on the FAFSA carefully before answering. After completing the FAFSA and each subsequent correction to the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor. READ every SAR in its entirety, especially the comments section. The SAR will indicate if your application has been selected for Verification. If selected, please submit all documents as soon as possible to the WSCC Financial Aid Office. Any discrepancy must be resolved by the Financial Aid Office before a determination of eligibility can be made. Thus, carelessness in filling out the form can result in a delay in financial aid. The verification process can take several weeks for completion. Therefore it is very important to apply early. We recommend filing your FAFSA as soon as you have completed your federal tax returns. Read below for tips and information that can help with completing the FAFSA and Verification (if selected).

You must include the Walters State School code 008863 on your FAFSA application.

If you need assistance completing your FAFSA a local counselor from the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is 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.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Form


Reminder the FAFSA is a free application!


Create Your FSA ID

The way you login to the FAFSA has changed! Your Federal Student Aid PIN has been replaced with an Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).

Learn more about FSA ID here


Facts and Stats

  • Approximately 30% of all students who file a FAFSA will be selected for verification by the Federal Processor. Some are selected randomly, while others are selected as a result of information reported on the FAFSA.
  • Approximately 70% of all FAFSA applications selected for verification require corrections.


General Tips

Avoid common mistakes when submitting paperwork to the WSCC Financial Aid Office.

  • Ensure all documents requiring a signature are signed
  • All questions are answered in their entirety
  • The student's name and student ID # are on every document
  • Submit copies, and maintain the originals for your personal records


Use the name printed on your current Social Security Card when completing the FAFSA.

  • If you use the wrong SSN in error, DO NOT attempt to make a correction to this number. YOU MUST file a new FAFSA.


Read each question on the FAFSA very carefully.

  • Pay close attention to questions regarding
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Adjusted gross income
  • Taxes paid
  • Marital status

Documents Required for FAFSA Completion

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FAFSA Completion Assistance

Educational Opportunity Center Counselor (EOC)

Educational Opportunity Center Counselors are available to assist students with the FAFSA.

Please contact your local DCEA EOC Advisor for an appointment or assistance.

  • Cocke County 423-736-5261
  • Hamblen & Jefferson Counties – 423-748-4635
  • Claiborne & Grainger Counties – 423-748-4634
  • Hawkins & Hancock Counties – 423-921-2073

All services are free.

*Dates and times are subject to change without notice. Please contact 423-585-6811 if you have any questions.





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