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December To-Dos

By MTSU Parent and Family Association


It's December! Classes start in January! Oh no…has your student done the following?

  • Completed all of their Financial Aid Requirements, if applicable?
    • View Unsatisfied Requirements on PipelineMT under the Financial Aid menu, then Eligibility
  • Viewed their Spring 2019 tuition/fee bill, available on their PipelineMT account?
    • Bills are available starting December 4th
  • Have they paid (if owe a balance) or confirmed their classes (if have a negative balance)?
    • Priority Payment deadline is January 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
    • Spring classes will be deleted on January 8th at 4:30 p.m. UNLESS payment arrangements or student confirmation happens by then
  • Set up direct deposit for any refunds, if applicable?
    • Visit the tuition website for more information
    • Refunds will start being issued around January 10th
  • Made sure their classes are part of a degree requirement?
    • Check course eligibility on PipelineMT under the Registration and Student Records menu, then under the Coursework Towards Program of Study.

*Spring 2019 classes start Monday, January 14th *

Coursework Toward Program of Study (CPoS) 

After a yearlong implementation process, effective with the Fall 2018 semester, MTSU began using a new tool called DegreeWorks. DegreeWorks determines 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 enables 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:

  • Login to PipelineMT
  • Click on Registration & Students Records in left menu
  • Scroll down to Academic Records
  • Click on Coursework Toward Program of Study
  • Select Spring 2019 & 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 

The 2019–2020 FAFSA opened up on October 1st for students/parents to complete 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 on the FAFSA website. 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.

Once the FAFSA is received by the MTSU Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, we will notify your student via their mtmail.mtsu.edu email address if additional documents are needed from the student, spouse and/or parents.

Important Dates:

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 freshmen who plan 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:

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 Permanent Residency or Citizenship

For more information, visit MTSU Student Financial Aid Office.

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 Permanent Residency or Citizenship

For more information, visit 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, you 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 mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunities.

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