Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant (Lottery Grant)
Most Tennessee citizens 18 years of age or older are eligible for up to $2,000 a year for full-time enrollment from the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship program to attend a Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
Federal Pell Grant
This program makes funds available to help pay for education after high school. Students who have a four-year college degree are not eligible to receive this grant. Students are limited to receiving PELL payments for no more than 100% of the length of the program they are enrolled in.
Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant, or state student assistance funds.
While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled.
TN Reconnect Grant
Tennessee Reconnect Grant is a “last dollar” scholarship that pays the remaining balance after other state and Pell Grants have been applied. This Grant is available for students who want to attend Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.
- Tennessee resident, U.S. Citizen
- Have a FAFSA dependency status of independent
- Enroll full time at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology
- Be in pursuit of a certificate or diploma
- Maintain continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress
You do not fill out a separate application for the Reconnect Grant. The process for applying for the grant is handled by us. For this, and any other aid you need, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This ensures that you will receive all the federal aid you will qualify for. The Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship is a last dollar scholarship, so it funds the remaining tuition after the federal government, and any other eligible state programs chip in. The result for qualifying students is the same: Tuition-free education at TCAT.
Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA)
This is a state program that provides non-repayable financial assistance to students who demonstrate need and who are Tennessee residents. Eligibility is determined by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, based on information reported in the FAFSA.