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Graduate Student Grants

Federal and State Grants Overview

The Federal TEACH Grant is available to graduate students in the Master of Education and Master of Arts in Education programs.

Any questions you have regarding federal or state grants or scholarships may be directed to Betty Pennington, at (731) 661-5405, or bpenning@uu.edu.


To apply for the TEACH Grant, all students must file the FAFSA. Follow the appropriate steps in How to Apply for Financial Assistance.

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, created by Congress through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If a student fails to complete the teaching requirement, the grant will convert into an Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan. Recipients of the TEACH Grant MUST complete the TEACH Grant Application. Please visit www.teachgrant.ed.gov for additional information. For More Detailed Information

Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program

The Graduate Nursing Loan-Forgiveness Program is designed to encourage Tennessee residents who are registered nurses to become teachers and administrators in Tennessee nursing education programs. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Tennessee resident and a U.S. citizen, have an unencumbered Tennessee nursing license, and be enrolled in an eligible master's degree or a post master's degree in a nursing educational program.

Participants in this program incur an obligation to enter a faculty or administrative position at a college or university in Tennessee in a nursing education program. The obligation is four (4) years to have the loan forgiven, immediately upon completion of the education program. If recipients do not meet this obligation the award must be repaid.

Visit www.tn.gov/collegepays for additional information or to apply. TSAC must receive the application by the March 1 deadline.

Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program

The Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program is a five-year pilot program. To be eligible, the student must complete the program of study by the end of spring 2013, be a Tennessee resident for one year preceding the date of application for this program; enroll as a full-time student seeking to become a nurse practitioner. The student must agree to practice medicine or dentistry in a health resource shortage area one (1) year for each year of funding in this program after becoming a TN licensed nurse practitioner with a TN certification of fitness. Visit www.tn.gov/collegepays for additional information or to apply.