Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi Students will see help with the cost of their education through grants and scholarships.

 

Federal grants and many scholarships are offered for college students in order for them to be able to attend college without the constant worry of money being an issue. Although many students are uninformed of these opportunities. This is why some financial aid directors want to set up reminders to make students more aware.

Financial Aid Director Jordan Huetell said, “A federal Pell Grant is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it to attend post-high school educational institutions.” Many students at Pellissippi receive this grant because the only requirement is to complete a FAFSA.

Huetell says, “The Pell Grant gives students a higher chance of attending college and earning their degree because it is awarded for 12 full-time semesters or until a bachelor’s degree is achieved.”

Although federal grants are easily awarded, students are not taking the time to fill out scholarship applications to make school more affordable, says Huetell. For example, with the Edscholar Scholarship one can earn up to $2,250 for the academic year. Huetell says, “This scholarship focuses primarily on expanding access to higher education for qualified post-secondary students in Tennessee.”

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Enroll in a degree program at Pellissippi State
  • Be a Tennessee resident
  • Have a 3.25 GPA for seven semesters or ACT composite score of 23
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA
  • Show community service and leadership
  • Meet college standards of admission

 

Overall, Huetell says that it is extremely important for students to do their research and realize that there are so many scholarships available to make college more affordable. He also stresses that advisors need to go over all of the scholarship opportunities with first-time college students as well.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Student Loans

By: Lauren Wallace

 

Student Loans seem to be causing students a major debt.

 

An elevating number of Pellissippi State students have been taking out student loans without realizing that the cons outweigh the pros.

 

There has been a slight rise in the amount of student loans taken by students, says Financial Aid Director Melanie Mcammon. Although Mcammon agrees that loans for students who do not qualify for grants or scholarships are necessary, the consequences can be detrimental. Mcammon says the biggest issue she has seen is students taking out a loan for easy money, and then forgetting that they even have to pay it back.

In order to be eligible for a federal student loan the student must:

  • Submit a FAFSA
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards
  • Be degree-seeking
  • Enroll/attend at least six credit hours per semester

 

One of Mcammon’s worries is that students are not thinking long term. The two federal loans, a subsidized direct loan and an unsubsidized direct loan, both have an interest rate of 4.29% according to the Federal Student Aid Website. [https://studentaid.ed.gov] Even though that is a very low interest rate students are not realizing how much debt they are racking up.

 

Overall, Mcammon stated that she wishes students would do their research and realize how to take out student loans the right way, because the program is great when it works as it was designed.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Huge HOPE Scholarship numbers

by: Lauren Wallace

 

Pellissippi State reported one of the largest numbers of students who received the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship this year.

 

The Hope Lottery Scholarship is a great opportunity for students to get the majority of their college education paid for, said financial aid director Jordan Huetell. According to Huetell, 1,753 students at Pellissippi State received all or part of the Hope Scholarship. The number of students who earned the scholarship has jumped since previous years.  However, part of the rise is because of the vast number of students enrolled at Pellissippi State.

 

Hope Lottery Scholarship general requirements are deemed fairly simple:

-Students must have earned a 21 or higher on the ACT or have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

-In order to maintain the scholarship a student must be enrolled in at least six hours and cannot stop attending a class.

-Although a large percentage of Pellissippi students have received the Hope Scholarship, Huetell said many lose their scholarship due to inability to keep up their GPA.

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

By Lauren Wallace

 

Pellissippi State secured the No. 1 spot for biggest community college in Tennessee after the Tennessee Promise Scholarship was put in place.

 

The last-dollar scholarship, which covers total tuition not covered by the HOPE scholarship or a Pell grant is, a great opportunity for students to attend college said Jordan Huettel, financial aid coordinator. The enrollment spiked 2.2 percent at the start of this year, stated Huettel. Although 1,700 students qualified, only 900 received the Tennessee Promise scholarship this term due to other scholarships, said Huettel.

 

The Tennessee Promise is also used as a mentoring program where each participant received advice and guidance about higher education. Requirements to maintain the Tennessee Promise are to uphold a 2.0 GPA, complete eight hours of community service before each term and complete the FAFSA by Feb. 15 each year in the program.

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Dr. Anthony Wise explains the Tennessee Promise

Pellissippi expects an increase in enrollment in the fall of 2015 due to the Tennessee Promise.

What does the Tennessee Promise mean for Pellissippi? It is estimated that 2,200 additional students will attend Pellissippi in the fall semester of 2015. President Anthony Wise said that the college will be prepared for the influx of students. He said that the college will increase faculty members to meet the demands of growth.

Dr. Wise explained that the college has experienced a similar influx in the past. “This is not a new occurrence for us, as we experienced this a few years back when the economy was struggling.”

To receive the Promise students have to abide by a checklist that will ensure the students’ success in seeking a degree. “High school students will have a mentor and will be required to attend two team meetings” said Wise.

Wise also stated that the overall advantage of this plan assures us that students will most likely graduate because of the elimination of tuition cost. “Pellissippi Scholarships that were associated with tuition will now possibly go towards students’ books and nontraditional students.”

 

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on PSCC

by Roxann Buckles

Federal financial aid for military veterans and federal educational grant programs have been adversely affected by the government shutdown. President of Pellissippi State Community College, Dr. Anthony Wise, gave details on the process and consequences of the government shutdown on Pellissippi.

“Financial aid to military veterans will be postponed, not eliminated,” said Wise.

Federal grants such as the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or SEOG and other similar grants have been suspended.  This is due in part to slower processing, communication and response among governmental officials.  Military veterans living, housing and educational finances are directly affected.

The state of Tennessee and Pellissippi have been proactive in helping military veterans during this uncertain time.  Wise confirmed that Pellissippi is creating a veteran success center.  It will offer programs directed towards continuing education.

Larger federal financial aid opportunities, such as the Pell Grant, have not been impacted.  However, federal educational grant programs may.

Wise said the Department of Labor recently funded the creation of Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium, a grant program, at Pellissippi. The program will offer classes in welding, machining and manufacturing. The SEELC grant will fund the faculty and staff for the program.  The equipment and classroom training will also by supported by SEELC.  The students and staff participating in SEELC at Pellissippi have not been affected by the government shutdown yet.

Wise stated that the suspension of financial aid and educational programs would be “disheartening to our students.”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Open House at Blount County Campus

by Brandon O’Neal

The new Blount County Campus is hosting an open house April 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Holly Burkett said that there will be tables set up to help anyone with admissions, financial aid, and to discuss information about students with disabilities.

Blount County Campus photograph by J.J. Kindred

Burkett also said that there will be tours given to people who are interested. Most of the classrooms will be accessible, including the nursing labs and biology labs.

The open house will have refreshments and is open to the community for anyone who was not able to attend the grand opening.

Organizers of the event say that this is a good chance to view the new facilities at Blount County and get a taste for what they have to offer.

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Colleges ramp up financial aid counseling

by Chris Williams

Over 70 percent of students in the 2009 freshman college class may be looking at big changes in their education plans due to economic pressures.

A nationwide study was released today by Longmire & Co., Inc, an educational consulting firm. Nearly half of the families participating in the study say they will definitely modify their children’s college plans, and another 26 percent are in a state of flux because of the uncertainty surrounding the economy.

Adding to their anxiety is an overall frustration in understanding the complexities of the financial aid system, the study showed.  More than 22 public and private institutions from across the country participated in the Economic Impact on College Enrollment study.

Both large and small colleges were represented, and only families of students already expressing an interest in college attendance were surveyed. In total, the students represented all 50 states and a wide range of socio-economic classes.

Only 28 percent of the participants said their college plans had not been influenced by the current economic situation. Conversely, 46 percent said their plans are being modified, ranging from “somewhat” to “drastically.” The remaining 26 percent expressed uncertainty as to the impact of the economy on their college plans.

Topping the list of likely changes facing this year’s freshman class: attending a less expensive college; a heavier reliance on financial aid; attending an in-state institution or one that is closer to home; working while attending school; and living at home.

Borrowing more heavily to finance their child’s higher education is a viable option cited by 38 percent of respondents. With 24 percent of respondents, consideration is being given to switching from enrolling in the private school that topped their list to enrolling in a lower-cost public university.

Another 11 percent are considering enrolling in a community college where prices are generally much lower instead of the 4-year institution originally on their radar screen.

“What we are seeing is a great deal of anxiety and confusion on the part of parents as they try to navigate today’s economic uncertainty,” said Longmire.

“The good news for colleges, and for students, is that the study points out some specific actions colleges can take that will help make higher education a reality for many students.”

Specifically, the study shed light on one of the areas of most concern to parents: the lack of understanding they have on available financial aid.

Some schools will actually fare better in these difficult times, Longmire predicted.

“Colleges that provide the highest level of customer service out of their financial aid and admissions offices stand the best chance of enrolling the highest percentage of students they’ve admitted,” he said. “In this period of economic uncertainty and stress, families are simply demanding an unprecedented level of advice and counsel on financing a college education.”

Saturday, April 25th, 2009