Frequently Asked Questions
If I received a merit based scholarship my freshman year, does it automatically renew?
- It depends upon the criteria for the scholarship; however, most scholarships are awarded for one academic year or one semester. Usually, the best recommendation is to visit the Financial Aid Office before the end of your most recent semester, and inquire about the scholarship criteria. The student will want to prepare a personal thank you to those individuals involved with providing the scholarship.
Who do I contact regarding VA tuition benefits?
- Contact James Beel at 901-475-3147 for information on VA benefits. Information is also available on VA homepage.
How do I apply for a student loan?
- The instructions for completing a student loan are available online: Apply for a Student Loan
How much loan money can I borrow?
- 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. A review of a student's progress toward their degree is made at $16,000 ($3500 for two years at the freshman level and $4500 at the sophomore level). The $16,000 benchmark will apply to transfer and returning students. Reviews are made on a case-by-case basis by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee to ensure that students are not incurring excessive debt without progressing toward their degree.
What is a MPN?
- MPN stands for Master Promissory Note which is an agreement to repay loan funds.
Can I get a loan if I have bad credit or have filed bankruptcy?
- If you have bad credit, it will be up to the Department of Education whether or not they allow you to borrow additional funds. If you have filed bankruptcy, you will need to get approval from the bankruptcy trustee verifying the amount of additional debt you will incur. The letter is valid for 10 days and must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
What is the difference between a subsidized and unsubsidized loan?
- Subsidized loans are need-based loans where the government pays the interest due on the loan while the student is in school and during the grace period. Unsubsidized loans are non-need-based loans where the student is responsible for paying the interest due on the loan while they are in school and during the grace period.
Who is the lender for my loan?
- The lender for the Federal Direct Loan program is the U.S. Department of Education.
Why do I have to wait 30 days to receive my loan check?
- Federal regulations require that all first-year, first-time borrowers must wait 30 days from the first day of class to receive loan funds.
When are my fees due?
- All applicable fees are payable at the time of registration each semester. Failure to pay or make arrangements to pay your fees can result in being purged (removed) from your classes. If you are purged, you will have to re-register and may not be able to get the classes you need.