Federal Pell Grant and Other Grants

Grants are similar to scholarships in that they are financial awards that do not have to be repaid. However, unlike scholarships, they are typically awarded based on financial need rather than on demonstrated academic achievement.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is funded by the government and does not have to be repaid. The Federal Pell Grant may only be awarded to undergraduate, degree-seeking students who have not already obtained a bachelor's degree. The award amount is based on a student's financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrollment status.

Award amounts vary based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution resulting from the FAFSA and the student’s enrollment status. Awards will be adjusted if the student is not enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours). The Federal Pell Grant may be available in the summer semester if you did not attend full-time during the fall AND spring semesters. 

The Federal Pell Grant does not require any separate application. Eligible students may receive the Federal Pell Grant until the completion of the bachelor’s degree OR until the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of the grant. For more information about the Federal Pell Grant, please visit the Federal Student Aid website

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is a grant funded by the federal government for undergraduate, degree-seeking students with exceptional financial need. The amount of FSEOG funds is limited. Priority is given to students who receive maximum Federal Pell Grants, are in good academic standing, and meet MTSU's priority deadline of March 1 for filing the FAFSA. The FSEOG Grant does not require a separate application. 

A FSEOG grant does not have to be repaid. The average FSEOG award is $600 per academic year. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive a FSEOG award. For more information about the FSEOG, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Federal TEACH Grant Program

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000 per academic year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Students interested in applying for the Federal TEACH Grant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year and submit a Federal TEACH Grant application to the MT One Stop.

In exchange for receiving a Federal TEACH Grant, you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received Federal TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. If you do not meet your obligation requirements, your Federal TEACH Grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and interest will accrue from the date you received the grant.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen must have a final cumulative high school grade point average of 3.25
  • Currently enrolled undergraduates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 as of the last completed semester
  • Students entering a graduate program must have a final cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.25
  • Currently enrolled graduates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 as of the last completed semester
  • Current or former teachers are eligible to receive the TEACH Grant for their first graduate high need program only. Retirees from other professions are also eligible for the TEACH Grant for their first graduate high need program only These types of TEACH Grant candidates are not subject to the GPA requirement.

To apply:

For more information regarding the Federal TEACH grant, please visit the Federal TEACH website.

Tennessee State Assistance Award (TSAA)

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) provides a need-based grant program for  in-state undergraduate students attending eligible Tennessee institutions. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, meet Tennessee residency requirements for state student aid, be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and meet TSAC's need requirements based on FAFSA results. Awards vary based on need and enrollment status.

The TSAA does not require a separate application. If awarded the TSAA, the first eligible Tennessee school listed on your FAFSA will be notified. You can update your school of choice by updating your TSAC profile via the Student Financial Aid Portal. For more information about the TSAA, please visit the TSAC website.