The most important thing for students and parents to understand is that they must take the initiative in seeking financial aid!
Scholarships, grants, loans, etc. are not going to come and find you. You must find them. Students must be their own self-advocate in finding financial aid for which they might qualify. Contact the university or college you wish to attend for information on scholarships and financial aid, check the links below and listed on the scholarship information section, visit the Counseling Office for materials and information, contact parents’ businesses or social organizations for possible scholarships available.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that must be filed with the federal government in order for eligibility to be determined for most federal and state aid programs. Eligibility is based on financial need, rather than academic achievement. The FAFSA should be completed in January of the senior year as soon as tax information becomes available. FAFSA forms will be available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
and in paper form in the Counseling Office after January 1.
Tennessee Promise offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover college costs not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization serving their home county and will be provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process. Students can apply at http://tnpromise.gov/students.shtml
College for Tennessee is a website for high school, college, career, and financial aid planning. For information on different types of financial aid available, please visit http://collegefortn.org/
If you are looking at out of state schools, it can be much more expensive than in state tuition. Here are a couple of articles that may help give you information about paying less for out of state tuition:http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/3969-tuition-discount-secrets-revealedhttp://www.dailyfinance.com/on/college-in-state-tuition-out-of-state-student/