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** Fall 2018 classes start Monday, August 27th **
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:
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.
The MT OneStop is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services and Admissions Center (SSAC), and can answer questions regarding:
Hours of operation during the semester are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the MT OneStop webpage.
If you and/or your student have not yet filed the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there’s still time to do so. This federal form is required to borrow student or parent loans and/or to receive federal and state financial aid assistance. Please go to the FAFSA website to start the process. Please contact the MT OneStop if you have further questions.
If your student stops attending even one class during the semester, he or she may have to repay thousands of dollars in financial aid. If your student drops a class after the second week of the semester and drops below 12 hours, he or she will lose the lottery scholarship forever. If your student fails to maintain Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, he or she will lose all financial aid and scholarships for one or more semesters. Caution your student to be careful about dropping classes or stopping attendance, since both actions can have very serious financial consequences!
When your student fills out and signs a financial aid form, they should read it carefully. If your student doesn’t understand any information on the form, they should contact the MT OneStop. Your student should keep a copy of any form they sign or submit. It is important for your student to know and understand the rules, so that they don’t lose eligibility for financial aid and scholarships!
Please encourage your student to check his or her MT Mail account daily throughout the semester. This is the primary way that MTSU offices and departments communicate with students. Likewise, the Financial Aid menu on his or her PipelineMT account can provide helpful information about any outstanding requirements, eligibility for financial aid and scholarships, and messages about his or her status. Please encourage your student to check this also as changes could occur during the semester.Middle Tennessee State University Page