Frequently Asked Questions
- If you are receiving Pell Grant, then you may attend any number of hours as long as you are degree-seeking.
- If you are receiving a student loan, you must maintain at least half-time enrollment. (6 hours)
- If you are receiving TN Promise, then yes, you must enroll and attend full time (at least 12 hours).
- If you are receiving TN Reconnect, then you must enroll and attend at least half-time (6 hours).
- If you are receiving the Hope Scholarship, you must enroll in at least half-time (6 hours)
Before dropping any classes that will change your enrollment status, talk to the Financial Aid Office first. Dropping your enrollment status could result in losing all eligibility for financial aid.
The verification process varies in the time it takes it to be completed, but typically takes 2-3 weeks after the Financial Aid Office has received all the requested documents. Processing is performed on a first-come, first-serve basis and is done as quickly as possible. You will be awarded any eligible financial aid once the verification process is complete. You can log into the MyDSCC Student Portal to check the status of your financial aid award. Once in the system you will need to follow these instructions:
- Click on the Student Tab
- Click on Financial Aid Awards
- Select the Aid Year you would like to view.
Click on the Award Overview tab.
- Award descriptions, amounts, and the status will display.
- Funds displayed on this page are based on full-time enrollment and may be adjusted based on enrollment.
You can log into the MyDSCC Student Information System to see if the Financial Aid Office has received your verification documents. Once in the system you will need to follow these instructions:
- Click on the Student Tab
- Find Financial Aid Requirements
- Select Award Year
View Student Requirements
- There will be a red flag beside any document still needed, and a green check beside any document that has been received.
- The 'verification' requirement refers to the entire process, and will not turn to a green check until the entire process is complete.
After the financial aid process has been completed, an email listing your award will be sent to your DSCC email address. This email will indicate the amount of aid you can receive based on a full-time enrollment status.
- Yes, we do have scholarships. You must file a FAFSA and meet all admissions requirements to be eligible. Eligible students are ranked using a formula where financial need is the primary consideration. March 1 is the priority date for scholarships. Additionally, performance scholarships are awarded by the individual departments. Please contact the applicable department for scholarship requirements (e.g. athletic, music).
- All institutions are required to develop a maximum period of time for students to receive aid at their institution, as well as monitor their progress along the way. Students may receive aid for no more than 150% of the hours required for the degree (90 for associate degree students). As a minimum, you must complete 67% of the classes you attempt. A grade of A, B, C, D, or P will be required for successful completion. In addition, you must meet the institution's minimum standards as you progress toward your degree. Failure to meet these requirements will place a student on suspension. View the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
- The maximum amount a first-year student can receive is $3500 not to exceed $1750 per semester. A second-year student may receive a maximum of $4500 or $2250 per semester.
- Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov and include the DSCC School code 006835.