Scholarships and Financial Aid
What is FAFSA?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- You must fill out the FAFSA to be eligible for any Lottery money. www.fafsaed.gov
- You should apply for a FSA ID# from http://www.fasaid.ed.gov BEFORE attempting to fill out the FAFSA. At least one of your parents will also need to apply for a FSA ID#.
- Anyone who plans on attending a college or technical school should fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, so you can receive Tennessee grant money before it runs out.
- Parents file taxes ASAP, this information is used to complete the FAFSA.
- Paper FAFSA’s are no longer sent to high schools; they must be requested. All students are urged to apply online.
- The State of Tennessee also awards grant money, but most of the money is depleted early.
- You must have a 21 ACT or a final 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA when you graduate to receive the Hope Scholarship from the lottery. www.tn.gov/CollegePays
- Technical Students: Lottery Scholarships (Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant) can also be used at Tennessee Technology Centers such as the one here in Hartsville. No minimum GPA/ACT requirements necessary. Just apply at the school and complete your FAFSA, and you automatically get a $2,000 scholarship.
Local Scholarship deadlines are usually in March or April.
Many four-year colleges have a November or December deadline.
Future College Athletes
Be sure to register with NCAA to play sports in college!
Visit https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ for more information.
Federal law requires all men living in the U.S. to register within a month of their 18th birthday. Registering keeps you eligible for college loans, job training, government jobs, and drivers license renewals. You can register online at www.sss.gov or at your local Post Office.