Financial Aid for Tennessee Residents

The following programs seek to provide aid to Tennessee residents. As with many scholarships, early filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is recommended.

Tennessee Hope Scholarship

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship. Students graduating from a qualified Tennessee high school may apply for TN HOPE. They must receive a 21 or greater ACT score OR maintain a 3.0 or greater weighted* GPA, and must enroll at Trevecca within 16 months following high school graduation.

Recipients may collect up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior.

Tennessee HOPE is provided by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Program.

Homeschool students: Please read requirements stated at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/tennessee-hope-scholarship-for-home-school-and-category-iv-v-vi-non-public.

High school seniors must complete the FAFSA and apply by the deadline each year. Apply, view requirements, and learn more at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/tennessee-hope-scholarship

*Weighted grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

The TSAA is a need-based grant from the state. Students graduating from a qualified Tennessee high school may qualify for TSAA. They must have a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2,100 or less. Returning college students will be granted TSAA awards first prior to incoming freshmen. 

Recipients may receive $4,000 each academic year.

High school seniors must complete the FAFSA and apply by the deadline each year. Apply, view requirements, and learn more at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/tennessee-student-assistance-award

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

Trevecca is a Tennessee Promise university. High school seniors graduating from a qualified Tennessee high school may apply. We encourage students not qualifying for the HOPE Scholarship to apply for TN Promise. Students must enroll full-time for the fall term after high school graduation. The TN Promise registration deadline to qualify for Fall 2017 is November 1, 2016.  

TN Promise provides over $4,000 to students pursuing 2-year degrees. We encourage Promise students to get an associate’s degree from Trevecca and continue to the 4-year bachelor’s program. The Promise-friendly associate’s programs at Trevecca include: 

  1. Business
  2. Business Management
  3. Christian Ministry
  4. Creative Writing
  5. Criminal Justice
  6. General Studies
  7. Information Technology
  8. Mathematics
  9. Music
  10. Praise & Worship
  11. Professional Communication
  12. Songwriting

Tennessee Promise is a “last-dollar” scholarship, meaning the PELL grant, Hope Scholarship, TSAA and other state funds are awarded prior to any TN Promise funds. 

High school seniors must complete the FAFSA and apply by the deadline each year (typically January 15). Apply, view requirements, and learn more at www.tnpromise.gov.

General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)

The GAMS is a merit-based scholarship. Students graduating from a qualified Tennessee high school may apply for GAMS. Must have at minimum a 3.75 weighted* GPA and 29 ACT score. Homeschoolers and non-qualified schools must also be enrolled in at least four college-level courses totaling at least twelve semester hours and achieve at minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

GAMS gives up to $1,500 (including Summer term classes) as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between school terms and prorated for part-time students.

Students must complete the FAFSA and apply by the deadline each year. Apply, view requirements, and learn more at https://tn.gov/collegepays/article/general-assembly-merit-scholarship

Aspire Award

The Aspire Award is a need-based scholarship. Students graduating from a qualified Tennessee high school may apply for the Aspire Award. Students must meet the TN HOPE requirements and have parent/independent student/spouse adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form/FAFSA.

Students seeking associate’s degrees may expect up to $250 per semester as supplement to the HOPE Scholarship, including summers.

Students seeking bachelor’s degrees may expect up to $750 per semester as supplement to the HOPE Scholarship, including summers.

Students must complete the FAFSA and apply by the deadline each year. Apply, view requirements, and learn more at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/aspire-award

 

For a complete list of scholarships and grants available through the state of Tennessee, please visit: www.tn.gov/collegepays/section/money-for-college.