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Welcome to the Financial Aid Office

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The purpose of the Motlow College financial aid office is to make sure that our students and their families know that assistance may be available to help offset the cost of paying for college. We are available to explain how to successfully navigate the financial aid process and to ensure that you receive the maximum funding available within an appropriate time frame.

Thank you for choosing Motlow College to reach your educational goals. Financial aid representatives are always available to assist you in any way to simplify your financial aid experience.

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid refers to funding that is intended to help you offset the cost of paying for college.

Sources of financial aid may include grants, scholarships, work programs and/or student loans. Funding for these programs are provided by the Federal government, the State of Tennessee, private/outside organizations and/or the College and its Foundation.

What is Financial Need?

Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attending college and the family's ability to contribute toward that cost.

To the extent possible, the primary source for funding a college education is the responsibility of the student and/or their families, although most families require some form of financial assistance.

Most federal and state funded financial aid programs are awarded to students on the basis of proven financial need. While financial aid is not intended to cover all of your college expenses, funding can help you achieve your educational goals without placing the full financial burden on you and your family.

The family's ability to contribute toward the cost of education is determined yearly, by the Department of Education (DOE), from information that is submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Let's Get Started!

Every student will begin by completing the U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Before you begin the FAFSA, please be sure to watch this short video. It will provide you with valuable information on where to find the FAFSA and will explain the application process.

Once you file the FAFSA, please watch for information in your Motlow student e-mail and MyMotlow accounts. These will be our main sources of communicating and requesting information from you. Also, keep your student ID number handy. You will need this every time you speak to a financial aid representative about your financial aid status. You will use these three tools almost daily for access to financial aid communications that pertain specifically to you.