Financial assistance is available through a combination of various programs that are funded through federal, state, local and private sources. The aid is designed to assist those students who find it difficult or impossible to attend school without financial assistance. A brief description of the programs is listed below. If you believe you will require financial aid while attending TTCJ, please visit our Student Services Office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Financial Aid Handbooks are also available to help you apply for a variety of aid packages.
To learn more about federally funded aid programs and to apply online, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's Funding Your Education website. A brief description of several aid programs is provided for your review. You may apply online for Federal Aid by visiting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website.
Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills (Lottery) Grants
Any Tennessee citizen aged 18 or older who wants to attend the Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro is eligible for up to $2000 from the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant funded by the new Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program. Unlike the HOPE scholarships for high school graduates, the Wilder-Naifeh grants do not require a high school diploma, a minimum grade point average, or taking the ACT or SAT college entrance tests. Students can enroll as either full or part-time students at TTCJ and can receive up to $2000 per year to complete their chosen program. All individuals interested in applying for a Wilder-Naifeh Skills Grant need to submit and have processed a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) form. Hard copy applications may take up to 4 to 6 weeks for processing, while online applications may take up to 7 days. FAFSA forms may be obtained at the TTCJ, from high school counselors, from college and university financial aid offices, and from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation or online at Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
To maintain the Wilder-Naifeh grant, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, meaning a grade of "C" or better, and meet normal course completion requirements. Individuals who accept HOPE scholarships are not eligible for a Wilder-Naifeh grant. HOPE scholarship recipients who enroll in a community college or 4-year institution and drop out before competing their program, or complete their program, then decide they need further technical training cannot receive Wilder-Naifeh grants. To be eligible for a Wilder-Naifeh grant, students must have been Tennessee residents for 1 year as preceding enrolling at a Tennessee Technology Center.
To learn more about the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant, visit the Tennessee Scholar Dollars website. While at the site, you may wish to visit the Tennessee Technology Center page if you are currently enrolled at one of the Tennessee Technology Centers and wish to apply for the Grant.
Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, as long as the student completes the required number of hours of training. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree.
The maximum Pell Grant for the 2011-2012 award year is $5,550. The amount you get will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Federal Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
One year grants-in-aid, valued at $150 to $300 depending on the extent of documented need, are designed to assist students of exceptional financial need, who, for the lack of financial means of their own or of their families, would be unable to obtain such a grant. Funds for these grants are provided from Federal appropriations and they may not exceed the lesser of $300 or one-half the total amount of student financial aid provided by the institution. The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant may be renewed annually upon application, providing the recipient continues to meet eligibility requirements. The TTCJ administers these funds which are generally limited.
Tennessee State Assistance Award (TSAA)
The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a state grant program established to assist eligible Tennessee residents who will be enrolled at eligible Tennessee colleges, universities and technology centers. The grant is based on financial need, and in NO case may the grant be more than the amount of tuition and fees assessed by the institution. Students must be a Tennessee resident and meet TSAA eligibility requirements. Repayment is not required. The deadline for applying is usually February 15.
Federal Work Study Program
This program enables eligible students to earn a portion of their educational expenses through part-time employment at the Center. For additional information, contact the TTCJ Student Services Office.
The Rehabilitation Division of the Tennessee Department of Human Services provides assistance to students who qualify under the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Students with certain mental or physical handicaps may receive assistance with Maintenance Fees, book fees, etc. Contact a local Rehabilitation Service Office for more information.
Veterans, disabled veterans and dependents of certain veterans are eligible for financial assistance while attending the Center. For more information, contact the Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551.
Please note that students receiving aid from any of the Title IV Programs listed above will be required to maintain "satisfactory progress" as described in a separate brochure available to all students applying for financial aid.
For additional information on financial aid opportunities, contact Rita Broyles at 423-566-9629, Ext. 117 or Stacey Long at 423-566-9629, Ext. 119, or visit our Student Services Office at 265 Elkins Road, Jacksboro, TN between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.