Introduction

The Office of Financial Aid at East Tennessee State University provides a broad spectrum of programs to assist  students in financing their college education. The University is committed to providing students with access to education through a variety of resources that include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) is the federal form for applying for financial aid. Students must complete the FAFSA every year as soon as possible after January 1st, using accurate income information from the prior year. The FAFSA provides a comprehensive review of the family’s financial status. The results, including the expected family contribution, are generated on the Student Aid Report (SAR), sent to the student, and sent electronically to the colleges and universities listed by the student on the FAFSA. Students will find links to other helpful financial aid information at http://www.etsu.edu/finaid.  

Tennessee residents with Pell Grant eligibility may qualify for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA).  This state grant program has limited funding.  

Financial aid is a supplement to an applicant’s personal resources. Reasonable family contributions are expected.

The majority of financial aid awarded at the University is based on the student’s financial need. Scholarship funds are awarded based on academic merit or other criteria specified by the donor or organization managing the program. Need is defined by federal formulas and based on a student’s estimated cost of attendance less any expected family contribution.  

Students should seek scholarship assistance in the ETSU Scholarship Office as well as through their communities.

The deadline for most ETSU scholarships is March 1 of each year. High school guidance counselors and the University financial aid counselors can be sources of additional information. Various self-help options may be considered by the student and include both employment and loans. Students are strongly encouraged to consider their ability to repay when they borrow through student loan programs. Students may also want to explore their eligibility for vocational rehabilitation benefits and veterans’ benefits.  

Financial aid programs, rules, and regulations are subject to change. Federal and state funds are conditional upon congressional appropriations and receipt of those funds at ETSU. Students may contact a counselor with any questions or concerns regarding their eligibility http://www.etsu.edu/finaid/contactus.aspx .  

In an effort to adhere to federal privacy laws, the ETSU Office of Financial Aid restricts the release of certain private student information. Students must contact the Office of Financial Aid personally to check the status of their financial aid application and awards. We will be unable to release certain information to third parties (i.e., parents, spouses, etc.) without a signed release form on file from the student. To obtain a Release of Information Form, the student must visit our office in person and present a photo ID.   Students who reside more than 250 miles away from ETSU or who are unable to visit our office due to a disability may request a release of information mailed, faxed, or emailed to them after speaking with a Financial Aid Counselor.   The release of information must be notarized before being returned to our office.   This Release of Information does not authorize third parties to complete documents that, by law, require the student’s completion and/or signature.   Access to financial aid information is limited and does not include access to information from other University departments.   This release will remain in place until the student submits a written cancellation request to the Office of Financial Aid.

Access to financial aid information is limited and does not include access to information from other University departments.   This release will remain in place until the student submits a written cancellation request to the Office of Financial Aid.  

Any applicant who has a concern that cannot be resolved between the student and a financial aid counselor may appeal in the following order: to the Assistant Director of Financial Aid, then the Director of Financial Aid.

Students with a complaint about the Office of Financial Aid should refer to the Spectrum, the ETSU Student Handbook, for instructions.  

“Funding Education Beyond High School,” a publication from the United States Department of Education, is a helpful source of information regarding federal financial aid programs. Copies are available in the Office of Financial Aid or online directly from the United States Department of Education.