Grants are need-based aid that does not have to be repaid. They are reserved for students with the highest financial need.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number generated by the FAFSA determines your eligibility. Some awards have limited funding, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. FAFSA applications are available each October 1. Figures can be estimated and updated after taxes are filed.
Apply for Grants Annually
Your first step is to complete the FAFSA. The priority deadline is February 1 (NOTE: the deadline for the 2022-23 FAFSA has been extended through March 1, 2022). UT’s federal school code is 003530.
Keep Your Grants
Find out about the requirements you need to meet to keep receiving your grants.
Types of Grants
Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. However, in some cases a student in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. To get a FSEOG, you must fill out the FAFSA so UT can determine how much financial need you have. Students who will receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need will receive FSEOGs first. The FSEOG does not need to be repaid.
If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. However, these grants have special eligibility criteria.
Tennessee Student Assistance Award Grants are funded by the state and awarded to undergraduate Tennessee residents with exceptional financial need. The funds are awarded on a first come, first-served basis. Your FAFSA application determines your eligibility.
More on State Grants
The state of Tennessee posts information on other available grants.
More on Federal Grants
The federal government provides more information on grants and scholarships you might be eligible to receive.