Financial Aid Events
Bucky's FAFSA Challenge
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invites current ETSU students, as well as anyone considering college next year, to take part in Bucky’s FAFSA Challenge. To participate, students must:
Complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, by Oct. 31 using ETSU school code 003487. Students who participate in the challenge will be eligible for giveaways.
Why do this?
The FAFSA is your gateway to all federal financial aid, as well as many state and school funding opportunities. Put simply, there are many programs – such as the Tennessee HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship and Pell Grant – that you will not qualify for without a completed FAFSA. Also, some funding opportunities operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. In other words, delaying filing your FAFSA could jeopardize funding opportunities. Those who complete Bucky’s FAFSA Challenge are also eligible for giveaway items.
What are the prizes?
Participants, including area high school seniors, will be entered to win a gift basket that includes a tumbler, t-shirt, cell phone wallet, and pens.
Do you have in-person events scheduled?
Yes! ETSU will host Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5 – 8 p.m. on the third floor of the D.P. Culp Student Center. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance filing your 2022-2023 FAFSA, learn about additional funding opportunities, and meet representatives from other departments. Signage will be placed at various points across campus to direct students and parents to the event.
If you plan to attend Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night and need assistance filing your 2022-2023 FAFSA, please bring the following documents:
- An FSA ID. Creating your FSA ID (one for the student and parent) before the event will make your time at Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night more efficient
- Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
- Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
- Your driver’s license number if you have one
- Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- 2020 federal tax information or tax returns including 2020 W-2 information, for you
(and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent
- 2020 1040
- Foreign tax return, IRS 1040NR, or IRS 1040NR-EZ
- Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau
- Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
- Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including
stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and
business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
What if I need help?
The university provides you with a range of assistance:
- For free assistance submitting the FAFSA, reach out to the ETSU Educational Opportunity Center.
- ETSU provides students with a personal Financial Aid Counselor who is able to answer questions.
- Bucky the chatbot answers general Financial Aid questions.
- Financial Aid TV is home to dozens of short, easy-to-understand videos.
- Financial Aid and Scholarships regularly post important content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Bucky’s Treasure Map is an in-depth look at the financial aid process.
- The Financial Aid Jargon Handbook offers definitions to help you better understand financial aid.