Get the Most Out of Your FINANCIAL AID…File Early!

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The financial aid process can seem complex, but the following information will keep you on track. If you have concerns or questions, please call the Northeast State Financial Aid Office at 423.323.0252 and the staff can help walk you through the process or e-mail and staff will assist you via e-mail.

A new application for financial aid must be filed for each academic year as soon as possible after January 1. Completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications received by March 1 will receive priority consideration for limited financial aid funds. However, Tennessee State Assistance Awards (TSAA) are available only to Tennessee residents whose financial aid application is received and processed soon after January 1.


To be eligible to apply for State and federally funded aid programs, you must meet the following requirements:

U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. permanent residency who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C or refugee. If you are not in one of these categories, you may view more guidelines posted in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at in the Glossary Section

Regular high school diploma or successful GED.

Social Security number (name on FAFSA application must match the Social Security card).

No convictions for possession/sale of illegal drugs while enrolled in college.

Selective Service registration for males 18 to 25 years of age.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA), Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) and some institutional and local scholarships.

Include Northeast State’s Federal School Code Number 005378.

Submit your FAFSA information at

All students must obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at to electronically “sign” a submitted FAFSA. A parent must also obtain a PIN to sign a dependent student’s application.

Where to Use PIN

Students may use a PIN at the following Department of Education web sites:

FAFSA on the Web: The PIN may be used to electronically “sign” a submitted FAFSA, obtain a copy of a processed FAFSA, complete a Renewal FAFSA, and submit corrections to a processed FAFSA.

The National Student Loan Data System: This site provides a history of federal student financial aid received.

Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR is the notice of eligibility from the federal government for the Federal Pell Grant and the basis for eligibility for other need-based student aid programs.

Federal Work-Study Program

To be considered for the Federal Work-Study Program, students must complete a Federal Work-Study Application at and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.


The federal government selects a percentage of all aid applicants for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you must submit all documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.

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