Coursework Toward Program of Study (CPoS)
After a yearlong implementation process, effective with the Fall 2018 semester, MTSU will begin using a new tool called DegreeWorks. DegreeWorks will determine which of your student’s semester classes are eligible to receive federal financial aid. Federal Department of Education rules specify that students can only receive financial aid for classes that are required in an officially declared program of study. DegreeWorks will enable us to determine those classes, monitor eligibility, and appropriately award federal financial aid.
Eligibility for federal financial aid (i.e. Pell Grant, SEOG, TEACH Grant, Work-Study, Direct Loans [Subsidized, Unsubsidized, & Plus]) will be based on coursework that applies towards an outstanding degree requirement. If your student is enrolled in ineligible courses, they may see a reduction in the amount of federal financial aid that they were expecting to receive. Your student can identify whether their coursework is eligible or ineligible for federal financial aid purposes by looking at their PipelineMT account:
- Log in to PipelineMT
- Click on Registration & Students Records in left menu
- Scroll down to Academic Records
- Click on Coursework Toward Program of Study
- Select Fall 2018 & submit
The far-right column will indicate if a course is eligible or not for federal financial aid. If the course is listed as “Pending,” then it has not yet been evaluated for eligibility and should be evaluated within 24–48 hours. Your student can also see how many total credit hours they are enrolled in for a semester, how many credit hours are eligible for federal financial aid, their catalog year, major(s), and minor(s). Please have your student read the important information on this page that will explain more about how their aid may be impacted by their choice of coursework.
If your student is in a non-eligible course, they need to contact their academic advisor to see why the course is not counting towards their program of study.
For more information, check out the Coursework Toward Program of Study (CPoS) webpage. You can also view a CPoS video. For questions about their courses applying towards their program of study, please have student contact their Academic Advisor. For questions regarding impact on financial aid or billing statement, please have the student contact MTOneStop@mtsu.edu.
File Your 2019–2020 FAFSA
Starting October 1st, the 2019–2020 FAFSA can be completed online. To file the 2019–2020 FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.gov. MTSU’s federal school code is 003510.
The FAFSA is used to determine the student’s financial aid eligibility for Fall 2019 through Summer 2020 for various federal, state, and institutional programs. We recommend that students with financial need file the FAFSA as early as possible, due to the limited funding availability in some aid programs.
If this is the first time you and/or parents or spouse (if applicable) will be completing a FAFSA, then you and/or parents or spouse (if applicable) should apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. The FSA ID is used to login to certain federal websites to access financial aid information and to electronically sign federal student aid documents such as the FAFSA. If you already have a FSA ID, there is no need to apply for a new one. If your name has changed, you will need to edit your FSA ID information.
The 2019–2020 MTSU FAFSA filing priority date is January 16, 2019 to be considered for maximum federal and state financial aid assistance. Don’t delay! We encourage you to complete the FAFSA on October 1, 2018.
December 1, 2018 Freshman Guaranteed Scholarship Deadline
Do you know a high school graduate who is interested in attending MTSU in the Fall 2019 semester as a new incoming freshman?
To be considered for a 2019–2020 Freshman Guaranteed Scholarship, students must be a first-time incoming Freshman who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer/Fall 2019 semester. To qualify for a guaranteed academic scholarship, students must have a minimum ACT composite score of 25 (SAT composite of 1200) AND have a minimum 3.50 cumulative high school GPA, AND have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by December 1, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship:
1) Application for admission to MTSU as an Incoming Freshman
2) Paid Admissions Application fee
3) Official qualifying ACT and/or SAT test score (without the writing sub-score)
4) Official qualifying 6th semester high school transcript reflecting the cumulative GPA requirement through the end of their Junior year
5) Proof of US or Permanent Resident Citizenship
For more information, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-freshmen.php#merit.
February 15, 2019 Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship Deadline
Do you know a student who is interested in transferring to MTSU in the Fall 2019 semester as a new transfer student?
To be considered for a 2019–2020 Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship, students must be a first-time incoming Transfer who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer/Fall 2019 semester. To qualify for a guaranteed academic scholarship, students must have earned a minimum of 45–105 college credit hours as of the end of the Fall 2018 semester AND have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA based on those 45–105 earned hours, AND have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by February 15, 2019 to be considered for a scholarship:
1) Application for admission to MTSU as an Incoming Transfer
2) Paid Admissions Application fee
3) Official college transcript(s) through the Fall 2018 semester reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement. In-progress Spring 2019 classes do not count as earned hours.
4) Official high school transcript (if applicable)
5) Proof of US or Permanent Resident Citizenship
For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-transfer.php#scholarships.
February 15, 2019 Competitive Scholarship Deadline
MTSU offers a variety of competitive scholarships to new and currently enrolled students. To be considered for these scholarships, your student must submit an online scholarship application by the February 15, 2019 deadline.
The 2019–2020 Scholarship Application opened on October 1st for students to complete. This application is applying for scholarships to be awarded starting in the Fall 2019 semester. For information about these scholarships & to complete the scholarship application, please visit www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunitieswww.mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunities.
Staying Eligible for Financial Aid
A student who is receiving financial aid from MTSU, such as grants, loans, and most types of scholarships, must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements:
- GPA: Your GPA must meet the minimum requirements established by MTSU, as indicated in the Undergraduate and Graduate online catalogs.
- Completion Rate: You must pass at least 67% of your attempted hours. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a financial aid warning, followed by suspension and the loss of financial aid eligibility for one or more semesters.
- Time Limits: You may attempt up to 150% of the hours required for your degree program. Generally, this means that you will not receive aid after you have attempted 180 hours.
Important Lottery Scholarship Reminders
Do you have a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS)? You will need to meet the enrollment and GPA requirements each semester to continue to receive the award:
- Continuous Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least one class every Fall and Spring semester.
- Enrollment Status: You must maintain your enrollment status each semester. If you are enrolled full-time as of the Census Date (two weeks after the start of the semester), you must finish the semester with 12 hours or more. Dropping classes or changing them to audits after the Census Date will affect your eligibility.
- GPA: You must have a TELS GPA of at least 2.75 after 24 and 48 TELS attempted hours, and at least a 3.00 GPA for each 24-hour bracket after that. You can retain provisional eligibility with a 2.75 GPA as long as you have a semester GPA of at least 3.00 and enroll full-time every Fall and Spring.