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Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

Chattanooga State School Code: 003998

Most Federal aid is need-based and requires you to demonstrate that your family income is within certain levels to qualify for federal assistance. To maximize your award possibilities complete documentation as soon after January 1 as possible.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA at Chattanooga State code: 003998.

  • Apply between January 1 and February 15 to ensure that your request receives an early review and that you receive the maximum amount of aid available to you.
  • Apply for a FAFSA PIN (personal identification number) through Remember your PIN to access your account.  Your PIN must be activated with each award year at

The Federal Processing Center analyzes your FAFSA information to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Based on a federally mandated formula, the EFC is the amount of support that you and your family are expected to provide for your educational expenses.

**You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program to receive financial aid.

Step 2: Apply to Chattanooga State and declare a major in an eligible degree or certificate program

  • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program to receive financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 423-697-4401 for questions concerning admission application or declaring a major./li>
  • Check with the Financial Aid Office - additional documents may be required to complete your Financial Aid Packet that are not required in the Admissions Office (i.e. transcripts)

Step 3: Complete the online scholarship application and provide additional information

Apply for a Chattanooga State scholarship by February 23. A FAFSA must be on file for you to be considered eligible for a Chattanooga State scholarship.

Step 4: Check the Status of Your Application

You will receive your User ID and password when your admissions application is complete.

  • Log on to TigerWeb
  • Select "Click Here to Enter"
  • Click "Financial Aid"
  • Click "Financial Aid Status"
  • Select the appropriate term
  • Review student requirements for the status of your application

An application is considered complete when all of the applicant items have been received.

Additional Information or documentation may be needed to complete your application. Review all "Active Messages" on your financial aid status page for additional items needed. Respond to all requests as quickly as possible. Any delay in submitting additional documents will delay your financial aid award.

Verification When the Central Processing System (CPS) processes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid it selects applications for a process called verification. If your application is selected for verification, additional documents (copies of federal tax returns, income information, etc) will be required to complete your financial aid application. If selected, the verification process must be completed prior to your financial aid being awarded. Depending on when all documents are turned into the financial aid office, the process takes three (3) to five (8) weeks before a student is awarded.

Step 5: Review and Accept Your Awards

The type and amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive will be posted on your self-service account. Your awards are based on an established cost of attendance and your expected family contribution.

The Federal Work Study, Loans and scholarship awards must be accepted or declined utilizing your " self-service account"

Step 6: Enroll and Pay your Fees

Register for classes in accordance with the instructions provided by the Admissions Office

Confirm your attendance to hold your classes

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