Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Loans


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available ON-LINE beginning October 1st. This is the form you will need to complete in order to be eligible for financial aid and most college scholarships. It also serves as the application form for the Tennessee HOPE (lottery) Scholarship!  This financial aid form cannot be submitted until October each year, but complete it as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss out on available state funds.  You may want to LOOK at the site, however, to familiarize yourself with the process. This must be completed with the custodial parent and both the student and parent will need FAFSA ID’s. Learn more at the workshops listed below.


We strongly discourage parents and students from using other FAFSA-related websites, such as; they will charge you money to do what YOU should be able to do for free!

The CSS Profile is another financial aid document that SOME colleges require. Please make sure that the colleges on your list require this, because the process will cost you money for EACH college that the CSS Profile sends your information to; it is not free like the FAFSA.


Important FAFSA Dates

September 14thFAFSA/Senior Parent Night6:00pmCentral High Auditorium
September 15thCoffee with the Counselors
(For those who could not attend Parent Night)
8:00amCentral High Library
October 2ndFAFSA Workshop2:30 PM – 4:00 PMCentral High Library
October 3, 2017
PTSA Meeting
* Senior parents will be in a Financial Aid workshop-Rm108
6:00 PM Central High Library
October 18thFAFSA Workshop8:00am-12:00pmCentral High Library
October 26thFAFSA Workshop3:00pm-5:00pmCentral High Library



Scholarships and financial aid information is communicated through announcements using the school announcement times, social media, and will be listed below.

  • The HOPE Scholarship is awarded to graduates attending a Tennessee college or university who have earned a 3.0 SCS cumulative un-weighted GPA or a 21 ACT composite. Amounts vary based on FAFSA and degree program. This is automatic through the FAFSA. More information September 14.
  • The majority of scholarships are awarded from the institutions themselves. It is extremely important to adhere to those deadlines.
  • There are several free scholarship searches online. NEVER pay for assistance with this process.
  • Look for local scholarships available through churches, community organizations, and employers.

Websites We Like

Scholarship Information/Deadlines
 TSAC The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation administers a number of scholarships and grants, including the HOPE Scholarship. Application can be made by  completing the FAFSA application, but some require an additional application.
(click on “For Students”, then “Money for College”, and check them out)
FAFSA Deadlines

Central Students: December 15th, 2017

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology

Deadline: October 1st for Central seniors

**Must complete FAFSA by December 15th and attend required meetings to remain eligible

Tennessee HOPE

Administered through FAFSA and activated only when the student meets the 3.0 unweighted GPA or 21 ACT requirement AND lists a Tennessee institution as the first choice on the FAFSA

FAFSA Deadlines

Central Students: December 15th, 2017

Tennessee Strong

The Tennessee STRONG Act creates a four-year pilot program for members of the Tennessee National Guard. Eligible members will qualify for tuition reimbursement toward a first time bachelor’s degree. The bill is part of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.


  • 19 ACT Composite
  • Enlist in Tennessee National Guard

Additional Information through Mr. Allred or SGT Joseph Lane.


 United Negro College Fund UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.

We also manage a variety of scholarship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship and the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program.

Each of these programs—as well as dozens of other internships, fellowships and faculty development opportunities—comes with its own eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

Burger King Scholars Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program has awarded $32 million in scholarships to more than 30,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2017 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.5 million to more than 3,200 students in North America.

Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

The application period for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2017 and closes Dec. 15, 2017

 Horatio Alger Scholarship


Deadline: October 25, 2018

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
HBCU Common Application  Recommended HBCU Scholaships 


Ron Brown Scholars  Ron Brown

Click above to download and print application


 Federal Student Loans

All federal student loans are part of FAFSA award packages. Loans are sometimes necessary, but you should know the different types as well as the repayment options. Click the link below to learn more:

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