Prospective students who plan to apply for scholarships at Tennessee Tech University have an easier way to do so, but they need to act fast.
The university recently added features to ease the process and ensure applicants are considered for every possible award, but it also advanced its deadline for applications. Prospective students must now apply before Dec. 15 to be considered for any scholarship funds.
"We've advanced the deadline to help us serve the students better," said Rebecca Tolbert, TTU's associate vice president for Enrollment Management. "The earlier deadline will allow us to make all of our scholarship offers to students sometime in February. This will help them to carefully consider all of their options and make an informed choice about their college decision with plenty of time before the school year begins in the fall."
To apply for a scholarship, students must first apply for admission to Tennessee Tech by filling out and mailing a completed form (available through the guidance counselor's office, from TTU, or downloaded from the TTU web site at www.tntech.edu) or by applying online at the university's web site.
By applying for admission before Dec. 15, students are automatically considered for the University Service Scholarship, which is based on the student's academic performance and Tennessee residency. However, to apply for one of TTU's other 200-plus scholarships, students will need to complete an online ScholarWeb scholarship application located at www2.tntech.edu/scholarships. There they'll also find PDF versions of the application to print, but the online applications will receive earlier consideration. Most of the other scholarships require more information, including income data, planned major, activities, etc.
TTU is also encouraging students to complete an on-line financial aid estimate called the Smart Student Guide for Financial Aid. By doing so, they may qualify for even more scholarships based on financial need. A link to the estimator page is provided on the TTU ScholarWeb site.
While the university offers hundreds of scholarships, plenty of students who don't qualify for TTU scholarships still receive other types of financial aid like federal grants, loans and work-study programs. Some 67 percent of TTU's students receive some form of financial assistance to attend school, the highest percentage among Tennessee Board of Regents universities.
It's important for students to understand the difference between university-funded scholarships and federal financial aid, however.
"Our estimate form shouldn't be confused with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is required for students to receive financial aid separate from our scholarships," said Tolbert. "Students should always complete the FAFSA whether they think they're eligible to receive federal aid or not. Oftentimes they're surprised by what's available to them."
Students can also complete the FAFSA on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The FAFSA should be completed after January 1, but before March 15, the deadline for priority consideration.
To qualify for any scholarships — separate from financial aid — students must submit any and all applications to the university before Dec. 15.
Tennessee Tech was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the Top 10 Public Schools in the South and among the Top Tier of Best Universities (Master’s category) for the South. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, TTU also ranks first in student satisfaction and alumni satisfaction among all TBR universities. The Cookeville-based comprehensive university offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and 19 graduate degree programs, including the Ph.D. in engineering, education and environmental sciences.
For more information, call TTU's Admissions Office at 800-255-8881 or 931-372-3888.