JOHNSON CITY – The 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, is now open to current and potential college students.
“We certainly understand that the financial aid process may seem daunting,” said Catherine Morgan, director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at East Tennessee State University. “At ETSU, we have dedicated and caring experts ready to assist you.”
Why it matters
The FAFSA is a student’s gateway to all federal financial aid, as well as the first step for many other funding opportunities. Many scholarships – including the Tennessee HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship – will not be available without a completed FAFSA.
Morgan encouraged students to file the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and use the IRS Data Retrieval tool.
“It is difficult to overstate how important it is to file the FAFSA accurately and timely,” said Morgan. “Students and their families should also remember that some funding sources operate on a first-come, first-served basis.”
ETSU provides a variety of services to help students and their families.
Financial Aid and Scholarships offers a 24/7 “chatbot” named Bucky, as well as Financial Aid TV. In addition, the department provides students with a personal financial aid counselor. These resources and more are available at etsu.edu/financial-aid-and-scholarships.
ETSU is also hosting Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, Oct. 12 on campus. The university will provide more details about the event later this week.
For free assistance submitting the FAFSA, students living in the Tennessee counties of Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi or Washington have access to the Educational Opportunity Center. New participants must complete a short application, which may be found at etsu.edu/academicaffairs/trio/eoc. Students may also call (423) 392-8041.
Current and admitted ETSU students should also complete the 2023-2024 University Scholarship Application. When you submit the application, you put yourself in the running for many different scholarships. Find the application at etsu.edu/university_scholarships/application/. The deadline is March 1.
Students should routinely monitor their ETSU email for important reminders and updates. It will help ensure a smoother financial aid process, officials said.