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Policy Provisions
Performance Evaluation
Subject Experts
Outside Grants and Scholarships

Document Number: SFS--118 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Date Last Updated: 07/20/2016
Primary Author: Executive Director of Enrollment Services Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 11/30/2011

General Description

Information about outside grants and scholarships relative to student financial aid.


Delineation of policy.



Responsibility: Student Financial Services

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
Federal statutes
Local statutes
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice
State statutes

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions

Outside Grants and Scholarships


Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or talent and generally do not require repayment unless an over-award has occurred or incorrect information has been provided. A scholarship is a form of financial aid given to students to help pay for their education. Scholarships are a form of gift aid and do not have to be repaid.



The Federal Pell Grant Program 


The Federal Pell Grant Program is the largest Federal student aid program. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all eligible students have at least a portion of the necessary money to meet college expenses. The amount of each Federal Pell Grant depends on the student's financial need, the cost of education, and the enrollment status of the student.



Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)


Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is an award to help undergraduates pay for their education. The amount that a student receives depends upon financial need, the amount of money the school has for the program, and the amount of aid the student receives from other programs. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority in FSEOG awards. 



Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) 


Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a need-based grant provided by the State of Tennessee. Any Tennessee resident who is or will be enrolled as an undergraduate is eligible to apply by filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount of the award depends upon financial need, the cost of education, and the actual amount of time the student will be enrolled during the year. Students are encouraged to apply early.



Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship or Hope Scholarship


Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship or Hope Scholarship is awarded by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) to Tennessee residents who are recent high school graduates who meet minimum GPA and ACT/SAT score requirements. For eligibility requirements, the specific types of Lottery Scholarships, award amounts, GPA and ACT/SAT score requirements, please refer to the information available from TSAC at



Tennessee Promise Scholarship (TPS)


The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) awards the Tennessee Promise Scholarships to Tennessee residents who are recent high school graduates. The program provides eligible students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS), or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA).



TELS or TPS Appeal Process


The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) and the Tennessee Promise Scholarship (TPS) are awarded based on policies set forth by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). TSAC's TELS policy allows an appeal process for students who fail to meet enrollment requirements due to extenuating medical or personal circumstances. An appeals process is not available to students who fail to meet GPA or other requirements. Lottery scholarship recipients who fail to meet continuing eligibility requirements will have their scholarships cancelled beginning with the next semester.


1.Any student who has been determined ineligible by the Student Financial Services (SFS) office to receive their TELS and/or TPS award may appeal to the university’s Institutional Review Panel (IRP) in writing. A letter including the following:

· Student’s name

· Student ID, and

· reason for appeal along with supporting documentation for the semester(s) that the student failed to meet requirements must be provided to the SFS office by mail, in person or electronically. The SFS office is located in Memorial Hall, room 103 on the Cumberland University Campus. Complete contact information can be found on the university website.


2.The University’s IRP consists of the following 5 members:

Executive Director of Enrollment Services (or Director of Admissions)

Director of Student Financial Services

Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

Director of Institutional Research

Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations or a member of the Academic division as available.


3.The IPR panel will meet with 10 business days of the receipt of an appeal. Once the appeal is reviewed and a decision made the IRP will notify the student in writing to their home address within 7-10 business days of the meeting.  The letter will contain the information necessary should the student choose to appeal the IRP’s decision to TSAC.


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure
Compliance with federal mandate

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Executive Director of Enrollment Services

VP for Advancement

VP of Business and Finance

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