Alert:

testing.

About
learn about our college

Admissions
Investing in yourself pays lifelong dividends

Senators Central
Guiding You Start to Finish

Financial Aid
Helping students pay for college

Academics
Providing university transfer and in-demand career programs

Student Services
Helping students succeed

Workforce Training
Offering non-credit courses for both business and pleasure

Center for Workforce Development
Meeting the area's workforce needs

Foundation
Enhancing Walters State through private support

Alumni
Providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect

Campuses
Making education convenient

Expo
Providing agribusiness, educational and commercial activities and events

Contact
Get in touch with us

Athletics
Go Senators!

A-Z Index
Search our site alphabetically

Communications and Marketing
We keep you connected

Directory
Search our team

Quality Enhancement Plan
Student learning and teaching effectiveness development

IET
Information and educational technologies

IEC
Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance

Printing Services
Supplying the institution with quality printed materials

Business Office
Serving students and college departments

Budgeting & Business Services
Serving students and college departments

Global Connections
Bringing international events to our students

Senators Emergency Text
Get the latest emergency communications

Support Staff Council
Providing resources for our staff

Special Events
Bringing new experiences to our students and community

Catalog & Student Handbook
Requirements and college information

Academic & Events Calendar
Keep tabs on important dates

Human Resources
Assisting in hiring, training, evaluating, rewarding and counseling of employees

Policies
Current college-wide policies

Degree Works Help
Run a degree audit. Meet with an advisor. Register for classes.

Privacy
Protecting and honoring student privacy

Career in a Year
Become career ready in a year

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 non-federal 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 - $6,095 Year (may change yearly)

Eligibility:

  • Needs based to EFC less than 5,486 (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

FSEOG
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 - $1,200 year (may change yearly)

Eligibility:

  • 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

Committing Ourselves to Excellency (COTE) Access and Diversity Grant

The Committing Ourselves to Excellency (COTE) Access and Diversity Grant is designed to promote diversity, enhance inclusiveness and strengthen the success of underrepresented groups on campuses. The under representation may be the result of gender, age, race, income, lack of college experience by parents, demographics, and/or urban/rural residence.

The award is based on the number of eligible applications received, documented need and recommendations from the COTE Grant Committee.

Students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Tennessee resident; U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be admitted to Walter State Community College
  • Have completed and submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet with Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement or Assistant to the President for Diversity
  • Complete a COTE Grant Application. Submission deadline of application for Fall 2021 is June 18, 2021.

Please contact Student Diversity Services Office for deadlines.

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

  • First generation college student (your parents have no education beyond highschool)
  • Member of an underrepresented population: African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
  • Non-traditional student (age 25 or older)
  • Documented disability (must be registered with the office of Disability Services)
  • Geographically disadvantaged (living is Hawkins, Claiborne, or Union Counties)
  • Veteran (must be registered with the office of Veteran Services)
  • Along with at least on of the above, documented financial need

The student's unmet need, 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 standards (SAP) as outlined by Walters State Community College.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain 2.0 GPA in all coursework
  • Received grant for 12-15 hours of enrollment, must satisfactorily complete 9 hours
  • Received grant for 9-11 hours, must satisfactorily complete 6 hours
  • Received grant for 6-8 hours, must satisfactorily complete 3 hours
  • Received grant for less than 6 hours, must satisfactorily complete the hours attempted

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.

Application

Apply for the Educational Access and Diversity Grant

  • Diversity Services
    Roxanne Bowen
    Counseling and Testing
    423.585.6806

Committing Ourselves to Excellency (COTE) 2020-2021 Diversity Service Award

TSAA – State Grant
TN Student Assistance Award

Application: FAFSA (yearly)

Award: $0 – 1,300

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Dual Enrollment Grant

The Dual Enrollment Grant program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. This program provides opportunities for students to begin working toward a college degree, while still pursuing a high school diploma, and encourages post-secondary education and the acceleration of post-secondary attainment.

Application: TSAC

Additional Information and Frequently asked questions about Dual Enrollment

Award Amounts at Eligible Two-year and Four-year Postsecondary Institutions

The award amounts at eligible two-year institutions and four-year institutions will be as follows:

  • Up to $500 – Course #1
  • Up to $500 – Course #2
  • Up to $200 – Course #3
  • No award – Course #4
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #5
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #6
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #7
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #8
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #9
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #10
  1. A student may receive funding for one (1) course per semester. To receive funding for one additional course per semester, the student must meet the minimum HOPE Scholarship academic requirements at the time of dual enrollment. For more details, please see the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements.
  2. Students who receive the Dual Enrollment Grant amount for more than four (4) dual enrollment courses over the junior and senior years will have the amount reduced from their Tennessee HOPE Scholarship on a dollar for dollar basis.
  3. College courses attempted and the number of years enrolled as dual enrolled students shall not count against the 120 semester hours and five (5) years limitation for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship program.
  4. The Dual Enrollment Grant shall be used for lower division (courses numbered 100-200 or 1000-2000) postsecondary degree-seeking courses.

TSAC's Dual Enrollment Grant Rules

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant program, the student must:

  • Be a high school junior or senior
  • Be a Tennessee resident for 1 year by September 1of the application year
  • Complete the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant online each semester
  • Not have received a high school diploma
  • The application processing deadline dates for the college award year are: September 15 for fall enrollment, February 1 for spring, or May 15 for summer enrollment. The processing deadline dates for Tennessee College of Applied Technology are: November 1 for fall enrollment, March 1 for spring and May 15 for summer enrollment.

Grant Requirements and Application Instructions

Awarding Process

After students have completed the online dual enrollment grant application with TSAC indicating Walters State Community College as their college or university of attendance, the high school program's office verifies eligibility for the dual enrollment grant applicants. Once the applicant has been verified as eligible, the Financial Aid Office certifies the award and posts the dual enrollment grant award to the students’ Walters State account. If the student is registered, the award will post to the student account and offset tuition/fees for the semester. If the student has paid all tuition/fees, a refund will be processed through direct deposit or check by the Cashier’s Office.

No student will receive credit for a dual enrollment grant until their application has been verified and awarded.

Note: The Dual Enrollment Grant application deadline for summer is May 15. Dual enrollment grant recipients for summer must register for summer courses prior to May 24 to receive potential dual enrollment grant funds, if eligible. Any applicant registering after May 24 will not receive a summer dual enrollment grant.