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Sources of Federal and State Assistance

When you apply for financial aid, the NSCC Financial Aid Office will consider you for all aid sources based upon your FAFSA results. Remember, the earlier you submit your FAFSA the better your chances are for being eligible for all aid sources.

Federal and State funds awarded at Nashville State Community College are listed below. For information regarding funds not in this list contact the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Pell Grant

A need-based, non-repayable grant for undergraduate students. Eligibility is based on the student’s expected family contribution (EFC), cost of attendance, enrollment status, and whether or not the student attends a full academic year. The maximum annual award each year is dependent on Federal funding. Depending upon their EFC, eligible students may receive this grant if enrolled in one or more credit hours.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

A non-repayable grant given to students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contribution (EFC). Priority is also given to students who complete the FAFSA prior to March 1 preceding an award year. Average awards are $300 per semester. Funding is limited. Eligible students must be enrolled in one or more credit hours.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

A non-repayable grant to Tennessee residents. Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours. Priority is given to students whose FAFSA is processed by March 1 prior to the award year.

State Aid for Students Coming From Other States

If you are coming to NSCC from outside of the state of Tennessee, you might be eligible for aid from your home state. A listing of aid by state is available here

Federal Work-Study

This program provides jobs for students who have financial need. Priority is given to students who complete the FAFSA prior to March 1 preceding an award year and have a minimum financial need of at least $1,000. Students work an average of 15 hours per week and are paid an hourly rate. Funding is limited. Though most jobs are on campus, some jobs are available off campus in community service positions. A higher rate of pay is provided to assist with transportation expenses related to off-campus positions. Eligible students must be enrolled in one or more credit hours.

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan

A need-based low-interest loan for eligible students enrolled in at least six credit hours. To be considered for loans, students must minimally complete the FAFSA and the NSCC Financial Aid Application. Students must also provide any additional information as requested by the Financial Aid Office. Students must complete loan entrance counseling and sign a Promissory Note. Both processes must be completed via the Web. Maximum awards are based on financial need, whether the student is classified as a freshman or sophomore and whether a student is classified as dependent or independent. Students are subject to annual and aggregate loan limits. Interest on this loan does not accrue while the student is in school. Both interest accrual and repayment begin six months after graduation or when a student is no longer enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours). There are a number of deferment and forbearance options available to students. Students must attend an exit-loan workshop prior to graduation or at the point that they drop below half-time status. Registration and transcript holds are placed on student accounts until this requirement has been satisfied.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

A non-need-based low-interest loan for eligible students enrolled in at least six credit hours. To be considered for loans, students must minimally complete the FAFSA and the NSCC Financial Aid Application. Students must also provide any additional information as requested by the Financial Aid Office. Students must attend an entrance-loan workshop and sign a promissory note. Both processes can be completed via the Web. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan must first be established. Maximum awards are based on whether the student is classified as a freshman or sophomore and whether the student is classified as dependent or independent. Students are also subject to annual and aggregate loan limits. Interest on this loan accrues while students are in school. Students have the option to make payments on the interest or to allow it to capitalize. Repayment begins six months after students drop below half-time enrollment status. There are a number of deferment and forbearance options available to students. Students must attend an exit-loan workshop prior to graduation or at the point that they drop below half-time status. Registration and transcript holds are placed on student accounts until this requirement has been satisfied.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

This loan is for parents of dependent students enrolled in at least six credit hours. Students must minimally complete the FAFSA and the NSCC Financial Aid Application. Students must also provide any additional information as requested by the Financial Aid Office. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Subsidized and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan must first be established before we can determine the amount of PLUS eligibility. Maximum awards cannot exceed a student’s cost of attendance less other financial aid received. PLUS Applications may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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