How to Apply for Aid?

Completed applications received by March 1 will receive priority consideration for most financial aid funds. A new application for financial aid must be filed for each academic year. State funds are available only to students who are Tennessee residents and whose financial aid application was received and processed by TSAA's priority deadline, February 15.

  • State and federally funded aid program requirements are:
    • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. permanent residency who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C or refugee. If you are not in one of these categories click here to view more guidelines posted in the Student Guide for Financial Aid students .
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Social Security number (Be sure that the name matches the name on the Social Security card).  
    • No convictions for possession/sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.
    • Selective Service registration for males 18 to 25 years of age.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted for each academic year to apply for Federal Pell grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Tennessee Student Assistance Award(TSAA), Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) and some institutional and local scholarships. Keep in mind some of these funds are limited and students who apply by March 1st have a better chance of receiving those funds.
    1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted to the federal processor. Include Northeast State's Federal School Code Number 005378.

    2. For faster processing, complete and submit your FAFSA information directly to the Department of Education's Central Processing System (CPS) at . Continuing students may complete a renewal FAFSA online. All students must have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to electronically "sign" a submitted FAFSA; a parent will also need to obtain a PIN number to sign a dependent student's application.

      There are three options for signing the online FAFSA.

      • Signing with a PIN number, if you are a dependent student you will need you and your parents PIN number. NOTE: If you and/or your parent do not have a PIN and you are completing the FAFSA on the web you will be given the opportunity to apply for one; a separate screen will appear when you select the option to apply for a PIN. Your options will be to receive it instantly online, have it emailed to the address submitted, or have it sent via postal mail which takes 7–10 days. If you choose to have it displayed on the screen, you can sign your FAFSA as you complete it.

      • Sign electronically later: If you choose to have your PIN e-mailed to you or sent by postal mail you will have to select the option to process the application without a signature. If this is the case, you will need to save your FAFSA on the web and sign with your PIN when you receive it. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will then be emailed or mailed to you NOTE: Northeast State does not process applications received without signatures) .

      • Printing a signature page or signing the SAR: This option is not recommended as it is time-consuming and could cost the student to lose funding that has processing deadlines. The document could be lost in the mail and if received can take two or more weeks to process before the financial aid office receives it.

    3. For assistance in completing the FAFSA application, contact the Financial Aid Help Center.  The Financial Aid Help Center is located in Room C2403 of the General Studies Building on Northeast State's main campus in Blountville. To schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Help Center you may visit or contact the Center at 423-354-5157 or 423-354-5153 or by email For a list of items needed at time of appointment click here.

    4. Students and borrowers may use a PIN at the following Department of Education web sites:
      • FAFSA on the Web The PIN may be used to electronically "sign" a submitted FAFSA, obtain a copy of a processed FAFSA, complete a Renewal FAFSA, and submit corrections to a processed FAFSA.

      • The National Student Loan Data System provides a history of federal student financial aid received.

      • Access America for Students provides access to Access America for Students accounts and addresses a full range of financial aid topics from preparing for a college education all the way through repaying student loans.

      • Direct Loans Servicing Online enables borrowers to view or update information about Federal Direct Student Loans.

    5. Student Aid Report (SAR) . The SAR is the notice of eligibility from the federal government for the Federal Pell Grant and the basis for eligibility for other need-based student aid programs. This data is sent electronically to all colleges listed on the FAFSA. If Northeast State was not listed, call the federal processor at 1-800-433-3243 to add the institution on as a school - be sure to have the Student Aid Report (SAR) available when calling . Students may bring the SAR to the Financial Aid Office and have Northeast State (005378) added electronically. Call 423-323-0252 for more information.

      Financial aid does not automatically transfer from one school to another. To ensure that financial aid is in order, contact both current and new institutions and/or lenders if an educational loan had been requested.

    6. Federal Direct Loan Program. Students must complete a Direct Loan Information Worksheet. This form can be downloaded at the Financial Aid Forms or in the Financial Aid Office; C2406.

    7. Federal Work-Study Program. Students must complete a Federal Work-Study Application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office to be considered for the program.

    8. If an application is selected for verification , signed copies of parent's/student's/spouse's federal income tax returns, W-2's and other documents must be submitted as requested within three weeks of the date of notice or the student's file will become inactive.  
    NOTE: The Financial Aid Office has established a checklist to assist students with their application process for financial aid. To review and print this checklist .