Important Information for All Financial Aid Students

Financial Aid Eligibility

  • In order to receive Financial Aid, students must be in a degree-seeking program such as Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, General Transfer, eligible Certificate program, or eligible TCAT program.
  • You Will Not Be Eligible For Aid If You Are Classified As "Special," "Transient," Or "Undecided."
  • Any necessary Program or Major changes must be made at the beginning of the semester. Contact the Records Office for additional information.
  • Students may receive Financial Aid for up to 30 remedial/developmental attempts (I's, E's, F's, W's, audits and letter grades count as attempts).
  • There is a lifetime limit for the Federal PELL Grant. Students eligible to receive the Federal PELL Grant may only receive PELL for an equivalent of 12 full-time semesters for their entire educational career. Students attending in a part-time status will receive a pro-rated amount, until their awards equal 12 full-time awards. Student's may check their PELL lifetime eligibility at http://nslds.ed.gov (you will need your FSA ID)
  • Students cannot receive Federal Title IV financial aid for a 3rd repeat of a previously passed class. 
  • Students cannot receive Federal Title IV financial aid if they have past loans that are in DEFAULT. Check your loan status at http://nslds.ed.gov (you will need your FSA ID)
  • Your schedule must be finalized by the 14th day of classes (census date).
  • Your financial aid cannot be increased after the 14th day of classes (census date). You will be responsible for payment of additional classes after this date.
  • You must be enrolled in at least six (6) eligible semester credit hours to be eligible for student loans and many scholarships. (TN Promise requires full-time enrollment at 12 credit hours)

You Must Officially Withdraw From Classes If You Do Not Plan To Attend

  • We accept your financial aid for you to confirm you in your classes, unless you are offered loans. Loans are offered in your TigerWeb and you must accept them. 
  • If you decide not to enroll at Chattanooga State, it is your responsibility to withdraw/drop ALL courses before the first day of the session to avoid any fee-related charges. 
  • If you fail to complete your classes for any reason, you may have to repay a portion of your funds.

Student Federal and State Financial Aid Award Provisions

  • The awards listed on the award letter are tentative offers based on full-time enrollment. Most financial aid awards are pro-rated based on number of credit hours the student is enrolled in each semester. If a student has received their excess financial aid check and drops or adds a class during the drop/add period, they will be responsible for the change in amount of monies owed. Financial aid funds will be adjusted to reflect actual enrollment after the drop/add period. (14th day of class - census date) 
  • Students must attend all classes for which they register. If a student withdraws on or after the first day of class, but never attends the class, that class will not count when calculating financial aid eligibility.

Important Annual Dates for Financial Aid 

  • Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA now for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. 
  • Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017 for the upcoming academic year. (Fall 2018 semester) 
  • January 16th - Deadline for TN Promise to complete the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year (Fall 2018 semester)
  • March 1st - Priority date for scholarship applications for the upcoming academic year (Fall 2018 semester) *Scholarship application is located in TigerWeb. 
  • *March 1st - Priority date for summer 2018 semester financial aid documents for verification *Check Financial Aid Status in TigerWeb
  • *April 1st - Priority date for summer 2018 semester financial aid appeals (SAP appeals)
  • May 1st - Deadline for TN Promise to submit 8 hours of community service *if attending full-time in summer 2018 semester* 
  • July 1st - Deadline for TN Promise to submit 8 hours of community service for the Fall 2018 semester. 
  • July 1st - Priority date for Fall 2018 semester financial aid documents for verification *Check Financial Aid Status in TigerWeb
  • *July 15th - Priority date for Fall 2018 semester financial aid appeals (SAP appeals)
  • October 1st - The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available for students to fill out for the Fall of 2018 aid year. 
  • *November 1st - Priority date for Spring 2018 semester financial aid documents for verification (transfer and new students). *Check Financial Aid Status in TigerWeb
  • November 1st - Scholarship application opens in TigerWeb for the Fall 2018 semester
  • *December 1st - Priority date for Spring 2018 semester financial aid appeals (SAP appeals)
  • December 1st - Deadline for TN Promise to submit 8 hours of community service for the spring semester.

*4 to 6 weeks are required for appeal decision and financial aid documents processing (priority date indicates appeal will be reviewed for the upcoming semester eligibility prior to the fee payment deadline)