EVEA

Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act

This act (TCA 4-58-101 et seq.) was passed by the Tennessee legislature on October 1, 2012 and is effective for all students applying for admission for terms beginning Spring 2013 and later.  The EVEA requires state public institutions of higher education to verify that persons seeking a “state public benefit” are either a “United States citizen” or “lawfully present” in the United States.

The term “state benefit” includes in-state tuition, lottery scholarship, academic scholarship, common market, or any other form of tuition assistance or waiver funded with state-appropriated dollars.  State benefit does not include tuition assistance funded privately, such as a scholarship from the institution’s foundation or a privately endowed scholarship.

If you are not interested in receiving a state benefit you are not required to verify your citizenship or lawful presence.  This act in no way affects your admissibility to Tennessee Tech University and only affects your fees to attend Tennessee Tech University.


If you are applying to receive a state benefit your citizenship or lawful presence may be verified in several ways.  The primary and recommended way to have your U. S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status verified is by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application data will be used to confirm U. S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status via the federal government (“Citizenship-Confirmed FASFA”).

There is no immediate need to verify your citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status only that this needs to be completed before you plan on paying your fees for an upcoming semester.

If you have no plans of completing a FAFSA but would like to receive a state benefit, there are several documents that you may submit to verify your U.S. citizenship:

If you are an undergraduate domestic student you may simply scan and email one of these documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Once again, please do not submit these documents if you plan on completing a FAFSA before your fees are due.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 931-372-3888.

 

If you are not a U.S. citizen but would like to verify your status as an alien lawfully present in the United States, you must verify your Alien Registration Number (A#) or I-94 Admission Number via TWO of any of the following documents:

If you are an undergraduate domestic student you may simply scan and email one of these documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Once again, please do not submit these documents if you plan on completing a FAFSA before your fees are due.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 931-372-3888.