Tennessee Student Assistance Award

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The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a state-funded grant program that provides non-repayable financial aid to needy undergraduate students to afford college education.

Award amounts vary based on the type of institution the student attends and are awarded to the neediest applicants on a first come, first served basis.

Types of InstitutionAward Amount
Four-year / two-year private$4,000
Four-year public$2,000
Two-year public$1,300
Career Schools$2,000
TN College of Applied Technology$1,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Tennessee resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be an undergraduate student with no prior baccalaureate degree
  • Be enrolled at least half-time at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary institution in Tennessee
  • Having a valid EFC of 2,100 or less
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements

How to Apply?

To be considered, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing one or more eligible colleges in the FAFSA.

As funding is limited, early filing of the FAFSA is strongly encouraged as soon as possible after October 1 each academic year.