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Financial Aid

The financial aid program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is designed to aid students who would find it difficult or impossible to attend without financial assistance.  The financial aid staff welcomes the opportunity to assist students in the application process and discuss financial needs for education.

With the ever-increasing cost of post-secondary training and education, it’s necessary many times to secure financial assistance to pay tuition, books and even other school-related expenses.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology does not offer student loans.

Obtaining financial aid for training and education isn’t a complicated process, but it is detailed. It all starts with the application process.

Application Process

To apply for federal Title IV or state-based financial aid, a student must:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the financial aid office must have received a valid record for the student from the U.S. Department of Education. Students must complete the FAFSA application each academic year.
  2. Submit signed copies of all required documents to the financial aid office if selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.
  3. Have a completed financial aid file, as verified by the financial aid office.

Submit your materials to or contact the Financial Aid office with questions at:

TCAT McMinnville Financial Aid Office
241 Vo Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN  37110
(931) 473-5587
Email:  Financial Aid

General Eligibility

To apply for federal or state financial aid programs, a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a regular certificate- or diploma-seeking student in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident).
  • Be making satisfactory progress and meet attendance requirements in accordance with policy.
  • Have a high school diploma, high school equivalency diploma, approved home school certification, or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Tennessee and establish the ability to benefit for training in a way set forth by the Department of Education.
  • Not be in default on a Federal Perkins/National Direct Student Loan, Federal Family Education Loan, Federal Direct Student Loan, Income Contingent Loan, or a Consolidated Loan, or must have documented satisfactory repayment arrangements if in default.
  • Not owe a refund or repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or a Byrd Scholarship.
  • Have a federal confirmation statement of registration compliance indicating either that the student has registered with the Selective Service or that the student is not required to register.
  • Have completed a statement of educational purpose saying that the student will use the money only for expenses related to attending the school (usually collected on by the FAFSA).
  • Not have been convicted of any offense involving possession or sale of a controlled substance while receiving Title IV financial aid.

Learn More About Federal and State Grants/Scholarships