GrantsTo receive the following grants, students must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be in an undergraduate degree program.
- Post-baccalaureate students are NOT eligible.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
Awards will be made based on full time enrollment; however, awards will prorate based on actual enrollment.
Enrollment status for federal and state grants is determined on the last day to add classes for the semester.
Types of Grants:
*Must be enrolled in at least six credit hours.
The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduates based on Expected Family Contribution
(EFC)* and full-time enrollment. If the student enrolls less than full-time, the
Pell Grant award is prorated based on the actual number of hours enrolled each semester.
No other aid will be awarded until Pell Grant eligibility (the student's need) has
been determined. Regulations and provisions of the Pell Grant Program are subject
to change by federal legislative action. The Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does
not have to be repaid.
Graduate and Provisional students are not eligible for the Pell Grant.
A student may not receive the Federal Pell Grant more than 12 full-time semesters, or the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. This includes all prior semesters received. Students are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant during the Summer only if they did not receive full-time Pell during both the Fall and Spring semesters. There is no application for Summer aid. Once the student is enrolled, aid will be awarded based on enrollment and eligibility.
Note: Students must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to qualify for federal aid.
This federal grant program is awarded on a first-come first-served basis to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority consideration is given to students with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* whose financial aid file is complete by March 1st prior to the upcoming academic year.
Tennessee's grant program is awarded to eligible Tennessee residents whose Expected
Family Contribution (EFC)* is 2,100 or less. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come
first-serve basis. This Grant is available Fall and Spring semesters only.
You will receive an award notification from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) if you qualify for this grant. Please note the school indicated on the TSAC award letter. If UTC is not listed, this means you did not list UTC first on your FAFSA. If you did not list UTC first on your FAFSA, you must make this change by creating an account on the TSAC Student Financial Aid Portal. Please allow 2 weeks for UTC to process. This portal also gives you a view of your financial aid summary for any grant or scholarship that TSAC administers.
Annual Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program limits for qualifying undergraduate students is $4,000 per academic year (amount will be less for less-than-full-time enrollment) with a cumulative maximum amount of $16,000. For graduate students, the cumulative maximum amount is $8,000. Click here for more information.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your application for most state grant, scholarship and loan programs, in addition to federal grants and loans. The US Department of Education will forward your FAFSA information to the state student assistance agency for the state of residence you indicate on the FAFSA.
Each state has a different FAFSA submission deadline. If you miss the deadline, you will be ineligible to receive state aid for the entire academic year. In order to receive most state aid, you must attend a school in the state of residency. Follow this link and click on your state to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you.
*The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated from the information you report
on your FAFSA and according to a formula established by law. The Office of Financial
Aid determines whether you have financial need by using this simple formula:
Cost of Attendance (Budget)
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need