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Scholarship and Financial Aid Reminders

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There are several Financial Aid announcements this month. Scroll down to continue reading, or click to jump to a topic:

Important Financial Aid Eligibility Reminders

After Fall 2017 grades are posted, the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office will start reviewing students to determine their continued eligibility for financial aid for the Spring 2018 semester.

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.
  • 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.

Notification:  You can view your SAP status in the financial aid section of PipelineMT (under the Requirements & Holds section). For some types of ineligibility factors, you will also be notified of the status via your MTSU email address.

If I lose eligibility for financial aid, can I get it back?

A student may appeal if he/she didn’t meet the Completion Rate requirement because of extenuating circumstances; click here for more information. You may be able to receive an extension on the time limit in certain cases. If you lose eligibility for aid, please read any ineligibility notification emails carefully. You can contact the MT OneStop for additional information about your options; contact information is available here.

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.

If you are receiving a lottery scholarship, you should’ve received an email in mid-December with reminders of the continuing eligibility requirements and information about how to view your lottery scholarship status after the Fall 2017 semester.

Please visit our website for more information about how the TELS GPA and attempted hours are calculated, how a student can regain GPA eligibility, what types of appeals are allowed, and other important information.

File Your 2018–2019 FAFSA

The 2018–2019 FAFSA can now be completed. To file a 2018–2019 FAFSA, go to MTSU’s federal school code is 003510.

The FAFSA is used to determine the student’s financial aid eligibility for Fall 2018 through Summer 2019 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 here. 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 2018–2019 MTSU FAFSA filing priority date is January 16, 2018 to be considered for maximum federal and state financial aid assistance.

Notification of Freshman Scholarship Offers for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

The MTSU Admissions Office has sent out Freshman Scholarship Offer notification letters and award certificates to those incoming freshman who had completed the Admissions/Scholarship process by the December 1st deadline.

Students have until May 1st, 2018 to accept the scholarship for the upcoming Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 academic year.

For instructions on how to correctly accept the scholarship please click here.

February 15, 2018 Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship Deadline

Do you know a student who is interested in transferring to MTSU in the Fall 2018 semester as a new transfer student?

To be considered for a 2018–2019 Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship, students must be a first-time incoming Transfer who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer/Fall 2018 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 2017 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 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 2017 semester reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement. In-progress Spring 2018 classes do not count as earned hours.
  4. Official high school transcript (if applicable)
  5. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency

For more information, click here.

February 15, 2018 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, 2018 deadline.

The 2018–2019 Scholarship Application opened on October 1st for students to complete. This application is applying for scholarships to be awarded starting in the Fall 2018 semester. For information about these scholarships and to complete the scholarship application, please click here.


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