The FAFSA should be completed in October for the following fall. Aid is awarded on a rolling basis, first come-first served, with January 16th serving as a priority date. Late filers have fewer chances of getting aid. Only one application is required to determine eligibility. For Tennessee residents, the FAFSA will also determine eligibility for a Tennessee Student Assistance Award and the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. Applications should be filed in October or November, whenever possible. Awarding for first-time students begins in November. Returning students are awarded after the end of the spring semester.

A family’s ability to contribute may fluctuate from year to year. Therefore, awards are made for one academic year only. Each applicant must apply annually. The FAFSA can be completed online at All inquiries and requests should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.