Parents and students should apply for a federal PIN. This enables students to apply for federal and state aid more quickly than using a paper form. The PIN will be used each year in completing the FAFSA, checking out aid previously received, looking at the student's loan history, etc. It's quick and easy to apply at www.pin.ed.gov. If you've applied previously for a PIN and forgotten it, this site will tell you how to find it again.
There are very few hard and fast DEADLINES for need based financial aid. There are types of financial aid that have limited funds and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This is the reason that it is important to fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible and send it to the government, and to turn in all requested paperwork to our office as soon as possible.
Complete your federal tax forms (preferably before mid-March) - It's important that you complete your federal tax forms as early as possible. This information is needed to complete the FAFSA form. Be sure to keep a paper copy of both parents' and student's forms - even if you apply by telephone or over the Internet.
Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. (mid-March is a good time to have processed by the government) - To apply for federal aid for the coming academic year, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to have both tax forms and Federal PIN handy for both you and your parents. TTU's school code is 003523.
Send documents to Financial Aid Office. The priority "deadline" to have your paperwork turned in to our office is March 15th, but remember that this is just a ballpark date that we estimate would allow you to be considered for all aid that you are eligible to receive - even those with limited funds. After we receive the information on your FAFSA from the federal government, we may contact you and ask for supporting documentation - such as tax return transcripts from the IRS. If you are asked for specific forms, please send them to us as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered complete until we have all documents needed to process your federal aid. Remember that some types of aid are limited, so don't be late!
If your parent is a licensed public school teacher, State of Tennessee employee, Tennessee Board of Regents System employee or a UT System employee, send our office a copy of the appropriate fee discount form early in the summer so we can get this type of aid processed. You can print out a copy of the discount form: Teacher-State Discount Form. This must be completed before EACH semester you attend. Please fill out this page and print it so you can obtain the necessary signatures each semester.