Student Services Building
A majority of Walters State students receive financial aid to help pay for college. A variety of resources are available from federal, state institutional and private sources including grants, scholarships and work study programs. One of the first steps in the financial aid process is filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).
A local counselor from the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will be available to assist students with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the Walters State Morristown Campus each Wednesday beginning December 4th. There is no charge for this service. Please call 423-585-6811 to schedule your appointment now. The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be available starting January 1, 2014 and appointments will go quickly.
EOC counselors are available to assist students with FAFSA in our entire service area. Click here to learn more.
The priority deadline for Spring 2014 is November 1, 2013. In order to have aid packaged by fee payment deadlines the FAFSA must be filed and all verifications documents submitted to our office by this date. Be proactive by submitting all required documents and checking your StarNET account frequently. Students that fail to meet the financial aid priority deadline should make other arrangements to pay fees. Failure to pay fees by the appropriate deadline may result in a student schedule being deleted.
The scholarship application for the 2014-2015 academic year will open on Sept. 1, 2013. Please click here to apply. All students are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
The college does offer a provision to allow students an opportunity to purchase books and supplies. Click here for more detailed information, including updates on when all balance of aid funds will be released.
It's not too late, Apply Now! The 2013-2014 FAFSA application is available. This application must be completed each year as it is required for all federal and state programs, including the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship.
Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. This option allows tax return information to be transferred electronically from the IRS database directly into the FAFSA.
Reminder: some students and parents may not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool based on filing status or type of return. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to provide the Financial Aid Office a copy of an official IRS tax return transcript if selected for verification.
The FAFSA is only the first step in the financial aid application process. The financial aid office may need additional information to complete the processing of your application. Have you checked your StarNET account? Click here to log into your StarNET account now.
Students are encouraged to check their STARmail and StarNET accounts at least on a weekly basis for updates.
tnAchieves provides an opportunity for Tennessee public high school graduates to receive assistance for community college tuition. Because tnAchieves is a “last dollar” scholarship, it fills the gap between what the student is expected to pay in tuition after all federal and state monies have been awarded.
To become a tnAchieves scholar you must comply with the following requirements and deadlines as listed below:
Should you decide to drop classes after the 100% refund period without consulting with tnAchieves, you will be responsible for tuition payment. Furthermore, should you decide not to attend classes, you will be responsible for tuition payment.
Effective with the 2013-2014 academic year Walters State Community College will no longer be participating in the William D. Ford Direct Stafford Loan Program. As a result, we encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2013.
Alternatives for funding your college education cost are available here. Also, the college does offer a deferred payment plan. Click here for information on the college’s deferred payment plan.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant Funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be equivalent of six years (600%) of Pell Grant Funding or receipt of a Bachelor's degree whichever is sooner. A student whose Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is equal or exceeds 600% is no longer eligible to receive Pell funding.
The Department of Education keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding. This change in the duration of students' Federal Pell Grant eligibility is not limited only to students who received their first Federal Pell Grant on or after the 2008-2009 award year, as the HEA previously provided when the duration of eligibility was 18 semesters.
The purpose of the Financial Aid Office at Walters State Community College is to provide access to higher education for all students by providing comprehensive financial assistance through quality service and timely processing of aid for all eligible students.