Scholarship Opportunities for First-Time Incoming Transfer Students

 MTSU Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship  Transfer Finish Line Scholarship
 Honors Transfer Fellowship Transfer DREAM Scholarship Phi Theta Kappa ScholarshipMTSU Foundation and Departmental ScholarshipsTennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS)State Scholarships, Grants, & Loan Forgiveness Programs

The 2017-2018 Scholarship Guide provides an outline of all scholarships, and is suitable for printing for your review or to share with family members

MTSU Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship

$3,000 per year for two years (maximum of 4 semesters).

To be considered for a Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship, students must be a first-time incoming transfer who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer or Fall semester. Students must have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by February 15 to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee paid
  • Official college transcripts (through the fall semester) reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement 
  • Official high school transcript if applicable 
  • Must be US Citizen or permanent resident

Requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • 45-105 earned hours after the fall semester prior to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU.

No separate scholarship application is required for the Transfer Promise scholarship. Student will receive notification of the scholarship award offer by April. To take advantage of the scholarship offer, students must accept the scholarship by June 1! Instructions of how to accept the scholarship will be included in the scholarship award notice.

The fine print 

  • Deadline for priority consideration is February 15.
  • Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. For more information about SAP requirements, please visit MTSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.
  • The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Honors Transfer Fellowship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
  • A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance. 

Continuing eligibility criteria

  • Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative MTSU GPA as measured at the end of each fall/spring semester.
  • Students must enroll at least full-time every fall and spring semester. 

 

Honors Transfer Fellowship

The highest award given to a transfer student, fellowships are awarded by the University Honors College. Honors Transfer Fellows will receive $7,000 per year for 2 years; a limited number of recipients incurring out-of-state tuition costs may receive $14,000 per year. Recipients may additionally receive consideration for study-abroad scholarships. For more information and an application, please visit the Honors website

Requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 earned hours with
  • at least a 3.5 college GPA.

 

Transfer Finish Line Scholarship

The Transfer Finish Line Scholarship is designed to encourage students to complete all requirements and successfully graduate from MTSU in 5 semesters (fall/spring). Research conducted nationally provides evidence that students who take 15 or more credits per semester earn better grades, are more likely to stay enrolled in school, and most important of all, are far more likely to graduate.

The Transfer Finish Line Scholarship is a tangible motivation for MTSU students to enroll in course loads of 15 credit hours each term, and/or to use summer sessions wisely to ensure that all degree requirements are met within 5 semesters (fall/spring) after transferring. Students who successfully meet this benchmark will become eligible for a Transfer Finish Line Scholarship in their fifth semester (or final semester if earlier) that reflects tuition increases which occurred during the period of their studies.

To enroll in the Transfer Finish Line Scholarship, simply sign into PipelineMT, select the RaiderNet tab, Student tab, Student Records link, and finally the Finish Line Scholarship link.  This will provide you all the details related to the scholarship, and you can then just click the SUBMIT button. There are no negative consequences, and if you go ahead and accept today you will have your scholarship waiting on you in two years.

 

Transfer DREAM Scholarship (Diverse Representation and Educational Access at MTSU)

Middle Tennessee State University values the richness of learning opportunities brought to our campus through diversity in our student body and faculty. For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity is considered to include (but is not limited to) any of the following: Veterans, Non-traditional students, Disability status, First-generation college students, Gender identity/expression, Personal hardships, Race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or Special gifts or talents. Through a combination of state and University funds, recipients of the DREAM Scholarship will receive $2,000 per year for 2 years.

To compete for a Transfer DREAM scholarship an applicant must:

  • Be enrolling for the first time in the summer or fall semester.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 and 45-105 earned credit hours after the fall semester prior to their enrollment at MTSU.
  • Submit a FAFSA by February 15. 
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 12,000 or less on FAFSA.
  • Enroll full-time for every fall and spring semester.
  • Complete the online Scholarship Application by February 15 to be considered for an award for the following year. The scholarship application is currently closed. The scholarship application will reopen around October 1st. Please check back then for information.
  • Meet diversity requirements. 

Renewal requirements:  The Transfer DREAM Scholarship will be available for fall and spring semesters only and will be renewable for up to four semesters, dependent on available funding. Students must meet the following requirements to retain the award: 

  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 hours) every fall and spring semester
  • Complete the FAFSA annually, by February 15 and complete the verification process, if selected
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 15,000 or less on FAFSA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Meet financial need requirements

 

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is available to transfer students who are members of PTK and who will be enrolling at MTSU for the first time in the summer or fall semester. Priority is given to transfer students who have been selected as members of the All-Tennessee Academic Team. Recipients will be awarded $4000 per year, and the scholarship is renewable for a second year. To apply for this scholarship, complete the online Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for an award for the following year. The scholarship application is currently closed. The scholarship application will reopen around October 1st. Please check back then for information. Please contact the Admissions Office at (615) 898-2233 for additional information.

The fine print

  • Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 4 semesters. Scholarships are not available during the summer term.
  • If selected, applicants will be notified via e-mail in late April with further instruction regarding how to accept the scholarship offer. Applicants who were not selected as recipients will be notified via e-mail in late April.
  • The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Honors Transfer Fellowship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
  • A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance.  

MTSU Foundation and departmental scholarships

MTSU offers approximately 700 endowed and other scholarships to approximately 2000 students each year through special programs sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Application processes vary from department to department. Many of these Foundation and departmental scholarships require online applications or paper applications.

Foundation and departmental scholarship deadlines

Most scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. After a scholarship deadline has passed, the application for that scholarship will no longer be accepted. After all deadlines have passed for the upcoming year, the scholarship search page will still be available.

The scholarship application is currently closed. The scholarship application will reopen around October 1st. Please check back then for information.

Departmental scholarships of special interest

Information regarding four of our most popular areas of interest are noted below. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, so you should additionally contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and follow the instructions above to search the website for other opportunities.

  • Army ROTC Scholarships - Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
  • Music Scholarships - Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
  • Scholarships through the June Anderson Center Scholarship for Women and Non-traditional Students
  • Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaches of that particular sport. For more information, please contact the appropriate coaching staff.

Transferring your Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships

If you are currently receiving a Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (TELS) scholarship at another college or university, you will need to be sure that you complete the following steps so that your scholarship will follow you when you transfer to MTSU.  

  1. Submit your prior college transcripts to the MTSU Admissions Office
    Submit all of your prior college transcripts to MTSU's Admissions Office, and monitor your RaiderNet account to insure that all transfer credits are showing on your MTSU transcript.

    Here is how to check your MTSU transcript:

    • Go to pipeline.mtsu.edu and log in
    • Click on the 'Student' tab
    • Click on 'Student Records'
    • Click on 'Transcript', then on 'Submit'
    • Scroll down to the bottom to check for the most recent semester's grades

  2. Notify the Financial Aid Office at your current school
    Inform your current school's Financial Aid Office that you are planning to transfer, so they can cancel your future aid (including the lottery scholarship and any other grants, loans, or scholarships you are receiving there). 

  3. Add MTSU to Your FAFSA
    If you did not list MTSU on your FAFSA as one of the institutions to receive your information, you will need to add our school code. The Federal School Code for MTSU is 003510.

  4. Notify TSAC that you are changing schools
    It is important that you inform the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) of which school you plan to attend. You may do so by visiting College Pays TN's Student Portal or by submitting a Change of Institution Form. It is recommended that you use the Student Portal, since it is processed by TSAC immediately. If you choose to send the paper form, please allow 2 weeks for processing. If you have any questions you can contact TSAC by calling them at (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346.

  5. Submit a TELS Transfer Notification Form to the MT One Stop
    When you see all your transfer credits on your MTSU transcript, and you have made MTSU your school of record with TSAC for the applicable award year, complete the online MTSU TELS Transfer Notification Form.

  6. Are you transferring to MTSU mid-year?
    If you are transferring to MTSU in the middle of the academic year (for example, if you transfer in the spring after attending another school in the fall), please be aware that you may not receive your lottery award prior to the fee payment deadline and the beginning of classes, depending on the timing of when you complete all steps for eligibility processing. MTSU is required by state policies to verify your initial and continuing eligibility, and this process cannot be completed until you have taken all steps noted above.

  7. Are you transferring back to Tennessee after attending an out-of-state college or university?
    If you were initially eligible for a TELS award upon completion of high school requirements, and were enrolled at a regionally accredited out-of-state post-secondary institution within 16 months after graduation, and are now transferring to an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive the TELS award.

    If the above scenario applies to you, please contact the MT One Stop.

State scholarships, grants, and loan forgiveness programs

Tennessee residents may qualify for a variety of state-based aid programs, which include a need-based grant, several scholarships based on merit or other factors, and loan forgiveness programs for students in certain majors. These programs are administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Questions?

Please contact the MT One Stop!