Dec 05, 2019  
2019 -20 Academic Catalog 
    
2019 -20 Academic Catalog

Financial Aid and Scholarships



www.southwest.tn.edu/financial_aid/
(901) 333-5960

Federal/State Grants

Financial Aid Priority Deadlines

Students must submit all documents by the priority deadline date in order to guarantee that their files will be processed and awarded for the following semester. 

Summer 2019: April 17, 2019  
Fall 2019: June 28, 2019  
Spring 2020: November 29, 2019  
Summer 2020: April 30, 2020  
Fall 2020: June 12, 2020  

Southwest TN CC School Code: 010439

The federal government, the state of Tennessee, and Southwest offer eligible degree/certificate-seeking students a range of financial aid opportunities. Most student financial aid is provided in the form of grants through federal and state-funded programs. This money is specifically awarded for education-related expenses including tuition, fees, and books. A student or applicant who needs financial aid should apply as early as possible, so that financial aid arrives before tuition and fees need to be paid.

How to apply for both federal and state grants

To be considered for all federal, state and Southwest institutional funds, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No other application is required. The FAFSA form must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

Apply for admission to the College. Financial aid will not be awarded until you have completed all admissions and financial aid requirements and are admitted into a degree/certificate program.

Gather the information needed to apply:

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can submit the FAFSA beginning October 1st annually.
  • Filling out the FAFSA form online is the fastest way to apply. Please note that the Department of Education is using the Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password. To create an FSA ID, please access https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm  Instructions are provided for the creation of the ID at this website. Make sure you enter Southwest’s school code, 010439, as a school that will receive the results of your FAFSA. Keep this information in case you need to login to the FAFSA website.
  • Make sure your Social Security number and name is correct on all forms.
  • We recommend you file the FAFSA no later than January 1st annually to be considered for State of Tennessee grant and scholarship assistance. The FAFSA must also be submitted for renewal of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
  • Allow five (5) business days for your FAFSA to process. Check your financial aid status on the Student Dashboard account, accessible via My.Southwest, regularly to ensure you have no outstanding “To Do” items. Your financial aid award will be displayed online when it is available.
  • Respond immediately to any request for verification of the information reported on your FAFSA. If you are selected for Verification, you are required to complete a Verification Worksheet and other financial forms before any financial aid can be processed or disbursed.
  • Make sure you turn in all the required forms that are available on the Student Dashboard account. Failure to complete this request will cause processing delays.
  • Financial aid awards are only offered to fully admitted, degree-seeking students.
  • Please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) link inside the FAFSA to help avoid discrepancies in processing your eligibility for federal student aid.

Federal Assistance Programs

www.fafsa.gov
1 (800) 4FEDAID (433-3243)

Federal Pell Grant Program (FPELL)

The Federal Pell Grant Program, a federal student aid program, provides money to help undergraduates pay for their education. Eligibility is determined by the federal government, using a standard formula to evaluate the information provided on the FAFSA. These grants provide the “foundation” of financial aid to which other aid may be added. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

The FSEOG provides assistance to exceptionally needy undergraduate students.  Students are exceptionally needy if they have the lowest Estimated Family Contributions (EFCs). 

Federal College Work-Study Program (FWS)

The FWS provides part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students who need the earnings to help meet their costs of postsecondary education.  The FWS Program encourages students receiving FWS assistance to participate in community service activities.  This program gives students an opportunity to work up to 20 hours per week and earn a part of their educational expenses.  Students are paid for the hours they work each pay period.  In order to maximize state and federal aid received, plese apply by January 1st annually.

State Assistance Programs

www.tn.gov/collegepays
1 (800) 342-1663

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to financially needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee.  Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment, at least half time, at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary institution in Tennessee.  All Tennessee residents who complete the FAFSA will automatically be applying for this grant.  In order to maximize state and federal aid received, please apply by January 1st annually. 

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (HOPE - Traditional and Non-Traditional Programs)

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program is available to students who meet the criteria determined by the Tennessee General Assembly. Generally, a student graduating in May 2003 or after, and a student age 25 or older who is attending college for the first time, may be eligible for the scholarship.

All Tennessee students interested in this scholarship must complete the FAFSA each academic year by the deadline set by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). Certification by TSAC and Southwest’s Records and Financial Aid Offices is also required.

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (Tennessee Promise - Graduation High School Seniors)

High School Seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award.

All Tennessee students interested in this scholarship must complete the FAFSA each academic year by the deadline set by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). Certification by TSAC, Southwest’s Records and Financial Aid Offices is also required.

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (Tennessee Reconnect Grant - Tennessee Adults Only)

Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help more of our state’s adults enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. Students may apply for the Tennessee Reconnect Grant @ TNReconnect.gov, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community college. The TN Reconnect is available to students who have not previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree, are independent according to the FAFSA rules, and are enrolled part-time in an eligible program of study.  It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award.

All Tennessee students interested in this scholarship must complete the FAFSA each academic year by the deadline set by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). Certification by TSAC, Southwest’s Records and Financial Aid Offices is also required.

Financial Aid Refund and Repayment Policy

The United States Department of Education requires an institution to determine the last day of attendance for federal financial aid recipients who withdraw, stop attending, or never attend a class during a semester. A student who withdraws, stops attending, or never attends a class during a semester may owe a refund to the College or the federal financial aid program from which the student received the aid.

Return of Federal Funds (RTIV)

Refund calculations are performed to determine if financial aid funds will be returned to the Department of Education by Southwest or repaid by the student. If the student has received federal financial aid such as a Federal Pell Grant (FPELL) or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), the institution must calculate the amount of financial aid the student earned based on class attendance. Department of Education software is used to determine the amount of aid that a student was entitled to receive based on class attendance. The amount is then subtracted from the total financial aid disbursed. The unearned amount will be returned to the Department of Education.

The portion of the unearned amount that paid institutional charges is repaid by the institution. A percentage of the unearned amount that was disbursed to the student must be repaid by the student. Any amount returned by the institution will be charged to the student’s account as “unpaid tuition.”

Federal regulations require that repayment of Title IV financial aid funds be disbursed in the following order:

  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  3. Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Grant
  4. Other state, private, or institutional aid
  5. The student

Examples of refund and repayment calculations are available upon request.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Southwest Tennessee Community College students receiving federal financial aid are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards according to federal and state laws and regulations. Progress is measured by the student’s term, grade point average, credits earned in relation to attempted credit hours (67%) and the length of the academic program.

In order to continue to receive federal financial aid, a review of a student’s academic progress is conducted each semester after the posting of grades. The entire academic record is reviewed including semesters of enrollment when a student did not receive financial aid, all developmental courses and transfer credits being accepted by the College.

A student may not make SAP for any one of the following reasons.

Reason 1: Failed Grade Point Average (GPA)

Based on the chart below, a student’s overall GPA must correspond to the number of credits attempted.

Total Credits Attempted Minimum Grade Point Average  
1 - 14 No minimum  
14.1 - 26 1.0  
26.1 - 40 1.4  
40.1 - 48 1.7  
48.1 - 56 1.9  
56.1 and above 2.0  

Reason 2: Failure to meet the 67% Rule

At least, two-thirds (67%) of all credits attempted must be earned (passed) during an award year. Cumulative two-thirds completion rate will be evaluated at the end of each semester Grades of A, B, C, or D will be considered as hours attempted and earned. Grades of F, FA, W, or I will be considered as hours attempted, but will NOT be considered as hours earned.

  All credits earned      
  All credits attempted = 67% (how it is calculated)  
         
Ex. 25 credits earned      
  50 credits attempted = 50% (did not meet SAP)  
         
  40 credits earned      
  50 credits attempted = 80% (met SAP)  

Reason 3: Exceeded MAX Hours

The number of credit/hours to complete a degree or certificate must not exceed 150% of the total credit/hours in the program of study. Transfer credits accepted by Southwest will be counted towards the 150 percent total and all credit/hours attempted including those from a change of major but excluding developmental credit/hours.

For Associate Degrees Total of credit/hours in the Program of Study up to 150% of the program hours (not including developmental/learning support credits)  
Eligible Certificate Total of credit/hours in the Program of Study up to 150% of the program hours  

A student who has exceeded MAX hours must file an appeal with a degree audit each semester.

Review of Academic Progress

First Review

A student who fails to meet SAP (failed GPA and/or 67% Rule) will be contacted via email and will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for ONE semester. The student may continue to receive Title IV aid (Ex. Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, and Federal Work-Study if eligible) for one semester without having to complete a financial aid appeal form. A student who has Max Hours must file a financial aid appeal form with an attached degree audit each semester.

Second Review

If the student fails to regain eligibility at the end of the warning semester, they will be ineligible to receive financial aid and must pay for their enrollment until they meet both the 67% hours attempted AND the cumulative GPA requirements. However, a student has the option of filing a financial aid appeal form. A student who has exceeded Max Hours must file a financial aid appeal form with an attached degree audit each semester.

Appeal Process

If circumstances prevent a student from meeting the standards, a student may file a financial aid appeal. A student may get the appeal form on-line. The appeal form can be submitted to the Financial Aid Office any time after grades are posted for the last semester attended.  Documentation must be attached to substantiate the reason for the appeal. The appeal may not be based upon the need for financial aid assistance or the lack of knowledge that the financial aid assistance was in jeopardy. Only complete and legible appeals will be considered. Submitting an appeal does not constitute approval nor will classes be held while the appeal is under review.

Appeal will be considered for the following reasons:

  • Prolonged illness, medical condition, or injury to student or immediate family member
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Family trauma which occurred during the semester in question
  • Circumstances beyond the student’s control

Appeal must include the following information:

  • Completed appeal form (link)
  • Circumstances and how the circumstances affected academic performance
  • Dates and time periods involved
  • Explanation of how your situation has changed and the steps you are taking to resolve the circumstances

Documentation may include:

  • Physician’s letters and hospital records (must include dates of illness and recovery time)
  • Death certificate or obituary
  • Court or police documents
  • Letters from third party professionals on his/her letterhead
  • Students who have exceeded maximum hours must include a degree audit signed by a professional academic advisor.

Notification

An approval or denial response will be emailed to the student within three weeks of submitting the appeal.

Appeal Denied

If the student’s appeal is denied, their financial aid will be suspended. A student’s financial aid will be reinstated the next semester of enrollment after they meet both the 67% hours attempted AND the cumulative GPA requirements.

Appeal Approved

If a student’s appeal for failed max hours is approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and will be required to submit an individualized Academic Plan which will include an academic plan by the students Professional Academic Advisor. The student will be eligible for continued financial aid. An appeal may be required every semester that a student does not meet SAP but does show progress.

Failure to maintain SAP or follow the academic plan will result in the loss of Title IV aid (Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, and Federal Work-Study, if eligible).  A student’s financial aid will be reinstated the next semester of enrollment after they meet both the 67% hours attempted AND the cumulative GPA requirements. All decisions are final and cannot be re-appealed.

Limitations

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

A student is only eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant for 12 semesters (or its equivalent). The calculation of LEU includes ALL years (fall, spring, summer) that a student has ever received Federal Pell Grant funding. The Department of Education will calculate the LEU of each of the annual percentages of a student’s disbursed award. When 600% is reached, a student will no longer be eligible to receive any Pell at any level of college (community college and/or university).

Developmental Courses

Students may attempt a maximum of 30 credit hours of developmental/learning support courses and receive Federal Pell Funds.

Repeat Courses

Once a student earns a grade of A, B, C, or D or N in a course, the Federal Pell Grant will only pay for one (1) more attempt.

Max Hours for Degree

The number of credit/hours to complete a degree or certificate must not exceed 150% of the total credit/hours in the program of study.

Grading

In addition to grade point average requirements, any student with the following grade and progress criteria may no longer be eligible for federal and state financial aid.

I An incomplete grade is viewed as an “F” grade until a grade is posted for the class.
F Failing: Students who receive a grade point average of 0.0 due to all “F” grades in one semester.
FA Failing: Students who receive a grade point average of 0.0 due to all “F” grades in one semester because of non-attendance or “stopped” attending.
W Withdrawn: Students who fail to complete any credit hours due to withdrawal from all classes in one semester.

Students receiving all “F” grades or all “W” grades in any semester may be required to repay federal financial aid funds based on the last date of documented attendance.

Service Awards

Southwest provides two opportunities for students to receive financial assistance through service to the College. Students who are selected will receive a work (Stipend) award in return for service hours given to the College.

Student Ambassadors

www.southwest.tn.edu/ambassadors/
(901) 333-4399

The Southwest Ambassadors are a group of students who serve as goodwill representatives of the College. They support college or community events scheduled by the Recruiting Office and help to promote Southwest.

Students must complete an application and interview process for selection. Those who are interested must be able to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Have a 3.0 grade point average
  • Be available to work at least 75 service hours per semester, if enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours)
  • Be available to work at least 50 service hours per semester, if enrolled part-time (6-8 credit hours)
  • Be available to work service hours on some evenings and weekends

Foundation Scholarships

www.southwest.tn.edu/scholarships/

Through the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations, the Southwest Foundation has been able to assist thousands of students attending the College. As scholarships are dependent upon availability of funds, not all scholarships can be awarded every year. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis for all types of financial aid awarded at Southwest, including scholarships. To learn more about scholarships for which you may qualify, visit the website. Applications must be completed online by March 15th annually for the upcoming academic year.

List of Scholarships

Academic Departmental Scholarships
Allied Health Sciences Scholarship
Alumni Scholarship - Full-time Student
Alumni Scholarship - Part-time Student
Alvin O. Jackson Scholarship
Ashford-Ashworth Scholarship
Clara’s Heart Clara’s Heart presents Clara and Austin Hughes Book Scholarship
Dr.  & Mrs. Steve Ballard Endowed Scholarship
Baptist Memorial Health Care Scholars Scholarship
BancorpSouth West Tennessee Educational Scholarship
Bornblum Brothers Endowed Scholarship
Bornblum Brothers Scholarship Endowment for Nursing Students
Darrell Kenneth Brown Memorial Book Scholarship
Business, Accounting and Paralegal; Engineering Technologies; Hospitality; Environmental and Graphic Arts; Office Administration and Information Technologies Scholarship
Joe Y. Calhoun, Jr. Memorial Book Scholarship
Career Certification Scholarship
Paul & Carol Calame Scholarship
Pam Cobb Paralegal Endowed Memorial Scholarship
College Ready Full Time Scholarship
Complete College Scholarship
Delaware North Hospitality Technology Scholarship
Dr. David Darnall Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Fred L. Davis Scholarship
Department of Fine Arts Scholarship
Tommy Deutsch Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Dual Enrollment Fayette Scholarship
Education Over Poverty Scholarship
Emerging Scholars Scholarship
Endowed General Scholarship Fund
Drs. Nathan and Lorene Essex Scholarship
William W. (Bill) and Jimmie W. Farris Endowed Scholarship
First Tennessee Foundation Business and Commerce Endowed Scholarship
Follett General Scholarship
Frayser Exchange Club Book Scholarship
Sandra Thomas Halfacre Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Tracy D. Hall Endowed Scholarship
Hazardous Materials Mgmt. Memorial Scholarship (EH&S)
Margie Hobbs Memorial Book Scholarship
Honors Program Scholarship
Hospitality Scholarship
Russell W. Hughes Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Mildred Hunt Scholarship
IAAP Book Scholarship
ILS Endowed Scholarship
International Students Scholarship
Estelle Johnson and Archie Landey Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Randall E. Knowles Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Randall E. Knowles Endowed Memorial Scholarship Hotel Management
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
John A. Landey Memorial Book Scholarship
Frances Cleo Long Scholarship
Dr. Greg Maksi Scholarship
Paul Mason Scholarship
The Med Foundation/Kirk Franklin Scholarship
SSG Daniel DeWayne Merriweather Memorial Book Scholarship
MidSouth Association of Contingency Planners (MSACP) Scholarship
Dempsie B. Morrison Memorial Scholarship
Music Excellence Scholarship
NAREB/Lewis Harris Memorial Scholarship
Naval Air Arm Memorial Scholarship
Nursing Alumni Scholarship
Paramedic Book Scholarship
Nathaniel Parker, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Nathaniel Parker, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Osborne Chemistry Book Scholarship
Jess H. and Norma Parrish Scholarship Endowment
Project Finish Line Scholarship
Mandy C. Powell Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Luis C. Prieto Jr., M.D. Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Florence Randall Memorial Scholarship
Saint Francis Hospital Auxiliary Endowment Scholarship
David C. Scott Memorial Scholarship
SGA Book Scholarship
Earl and Gwen Sears Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Walter K. Singleton, U.S.M.C. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
SIM Scholarship
Brenda A.B. Smith Scholarship
Lilliette J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
Maxine & Vasco Smith Endowment Scholarship
Smith & Nephew Orthopedic Endowed Scholarship
Southwest Foundation Board Scholarship
Southwest Foundation Book Scholarship
Terrika Springfield-Thompson Radiology Memorial Scholarship
Donna T. Springfield Nursing Scholarship
Drs. Maxine & Vasco Smith Endowment Tribute Scholarship Fund
SunTrust Scholarship
Elsie Mae Swoboda AAS Acct Computer Concentration Scholarship
Carl E. Swoboda, Sr. Acct Technical Certificate Scholarship
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Tate Endowed Scholarship Fund
Robert Earl Tate Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Drs. Charles and Patra Temple Endowed Scholarship
Darrell & La Tina Thomas Endowed Scholarship
John L. Thornton Memorial Scholarship
Underwraps, Inc. Book Scholarship
Kelly Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Frank Wooten Endowed Scholarship