Paying for College

Financial Information for Families

Transition Tennessee has put together a Financial Aid Chart for colleges in Tennessee. Download the chart chart here: PSE-Financial-Aid-Chart

Federal Financial Aid

All five of Tennessee’s programs are federally approved Comprehensive Transition Programs. This status enables eligible students to apply for Federal Financial Aid. The Federal Student Aid website outlines funding streams and eligibility requirements on it’s website. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Tennessee Assistance

Step UP Scholarship

Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who attend Comprehensive Transition Programs also may qualify for the Tennessee STEP UP Scholarship. The STEP UP Scholarship will award $1,750 per semester for up to four years, and is available to Tennessee residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have received a diploma or certificate from a Tennessee high school within 16 months of enrolling in a qualified inclusive higher education program. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Department

Vocational Rehabilitation Services recognizes the valuable job readiness training and experiences that inclusive higher education provides. VR can award $3,000 per semester in Transitional Learning Services funds for two academic years. Eligible students must apply for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

Students who graduated from a Tennessee high school, and completed Promise program requirements during final year of school are eligible for this award. Maximum award time is five semesters. https://www.tnpromise.gov/

Tennessee Reconnect Grant

Students that are Tennessee residents, have been out of high school for longer than 16 months, have not already earned a higher education degree, and have Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) status of “independent” are eligible for this grant. https://www.tnreconnect.gov/

Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA)

TSAA was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate urgent financial need and who are residents of Tennessee. Students must complete FAFSA application early for consideration. Approx. $4000 per year. Please note that students that receive TSAA would not also get TN Promise of Reconnect. https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/grant-programs/tennessee-student-assistance-award.htm