Types of Aid – Grants

Federal Pell Grant

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determines if you can get the Pell Grant.
  • For the 2013-2014 award year, your EFC must be between $0 and $5,081 to be eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determines how much Pell Grant you can get each year.
  • The Dept. of Education puts a limit on how much Pell Grant you may get each year.
  • Not everyone gets a Pell Grant. It is meant for only the neediest of students.
  • The amount of Pell that you get is also determined by how many classes you are taking each semester.
For more information on the Federal Pell Grant CLICK HERE.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • The Office of Financial Aid at Columbia State awards FSEOG.
  • Funds are limited.
  • You must have a certain Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to get FSEOG.
  • The amount of money you may get depends on your EFC and how much FSEOG money Columbia State has to award.
For more information on the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, CLICK HERE.


Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (FIASG)

  • You cannot get both a Pell Grant and receive FIASG.
To see all the requirements for Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, CLICK HERE.


Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determines if you can get TSAA.
  • To be eligible for consideration your EFC must be $2,100 or less.
  • You must be a Tennessee resident to get TSAA.
  • You must be enrolled and attending at least 6 credit hours each semester to get TSAA.
  • The State of Tennessee awards TSAA based on when the FAFSA was completed by the student.
  • The deadline for being considered for TSAA is stated on the FAFSA each year. The State of Tennessee recommends that you file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
  • Funds are limited.
  • Students are awarded TSAA by the State of Tennessee on a first-come, first-served basis until all TSAA money is spent.
  • Filing the FAFSA before-or-on the FAFSA deadline does not guarantee that you will be awarded TSAA.
  • Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st of each year to help insure you are considered for TSAA.
  • It is not uncommon for the State of Tennessee to award all TSAA money before the deadline.
For more information on the Tennessee Student Assistance Award, CLICK HERE.


Tennessee Helping Heroes Grant (THHG)

  • The state of Tennessee awards THHG on a first-come, first-served basis until all money is THHG is spent.
  • You must fill out a state form to apply for this grant.
To see all the requirements that you must meet to get The Helping Heroes Grant, CLICK HERE.

To apply for The Helping Heroes Grant, CLICK HERE.


Tennessee HOPE Access Grant

  • You may only receive the Tennessee HOPE Access Grant for one year.
For more information on the Tennessee HOPE Access Grant, CLICK HERE.


Tennessee Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant

For more information on the Tennessee Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant, CLICK HERE.

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