Financial Aid Policy

Graduate students who are taking at least three (3) hours of course work in a degree-seeking program and are in good standing on past federal student loans are eligible to apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

Students are expected to be making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students receiving federal student loans must be enrolled for at least three (3) hours at the beginning of each semester. Failure to enroll will result in all or a portion of the loan being returned to the lender.

To meet federal regulations regarding enrollment status pertaining to loan disbursements and refunds from loan proceeds, the University must delay the disbursement of loan proceeds until at least three weeks into each semester.

Students must submit a new application for federal aid (FAFSA) each year they are enrolled and want to receive federal loans. This can be done online at Students must monitor their funds and call the Office of Financial Aid when additional funds are needed.

Information concerning financial aid is available on TNU4U. You may also call the Office of Financial Aid at 615-248-1242 or email