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Financial Aid

Please note: The Financial Aid office is currently located in C1102 in the General Studies building while the former location is under construction.

The goal of the Financial Aid Office at Northeast State is to provide you with accurate, confidential, and complete information in a courteous environment.

Our staff will make every effort to address your specific situation and, even if your questions require expertise outside our office, we will attempt to put you in contact with the person who can provide the assistance you need.

Effective with the 2013-2014 academic year, Northeast State Community College will no longer be participating in the Direct Loan Program.

Financial Aid refund checks

Disbursement of federal and state grant funds to student accounts will occur approximately two weeks after classes begin for the semester. A notification of the disbursement date will be posted on the Northeast State website. Students may expect to receive their refunds via direct deposit or check after tuition, fees, books (only if charged to the account) and any other approved charges are deducted. Checks will be mailed to the permanent address of the student listed in Banner.

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Degree Programs

Northeast State primarily offers Associate Degrees. These degrees are designed to be complete with two to three years if you attend full time each semester. All current Associate Degrees are eligible for Federal Title IV aid.

Degree Programs
Gainful Employment

Some Northeast State Certificate Programs are eligible to receive Title IV Federal aid. These programs are considered Gainful Employment programs.

Gainful Employment
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.​

Financial Aid Deadlines

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is unique with respect to the purpose it serves. The program offers students an opportunity to earn a portion of their college cost. Students have an opportunity to integrate their classroom education with actual work experience and hopefully develop the skills and attitudes they will need to succeed in future employment positions. As community college students, many are in college specifically to prepare for the job market. Organized work-study training can have a positive impact on their futures.

For more information about the FWS program, email April Allen at or call 423.354.5360.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a set of standards for financial aid progress. All financial aid recipients are required to meet satisfactory academic guidelines established by Northeast State as well as financial aid standards of progress, pursuant to Federal regulations.

The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal and state aid are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree, certificate or diploma program in a reasonable period of time and a reasonable number of credit hours attempted. The policy looks at all credit hours attempted, not just those taken while receiving financial aid.

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Friendly Reminder

The financial aid process takes time, so start right away. Financial aid funds are often limited, so it is important that you apply early. Though we continue to award financial aid throughout the year, the students who apply early usually receive larger grant awards.

Please read all of the information you receive from the Financial Aid Office. If we request information from you, return it quickly as failure to do so may result in delays in your financial aid. Should you have questions about anything we send you, please call us so we can address your concerns.

If a student is selected for verification, he/she must complete a Verification Worksheet, submit copies of the parent(s)/student/spouse Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Federal Tax Return Transcript, copies of W-2s from all employers, and any other untaxed income documentation to Northeast State. For more information click here.

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.