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Financial Aid Steps to Success

1. Apply for admission

Whether you are a new student, transfer student or returning student, click "Apply Now" to complete an online application.

To be eligible to receive financial aid at Motlow, students must be seeking an Associate's Degree or federally approved certificate from Motlow State, and the courses taken must count toward that degree or certificate.

2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to complete online. Be sure use Federal School Code 006836, no matter which Motlow State campus you plan to attend

For TN Promise, TN Reconnect, Lottery and TSAC awards, Motlow must be listed first on FAFSA.

To sign and submit the FAFSA electronically, students and parents (if a dependent student) will need their own FSA ID (User Name and Password). Create your FSA ID online and keep it in a safe place. You will need it each year.

When Motlow receives your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will send an email to your Student Email Account to inform you of the next steps.

3. Monitor your student email account daily

The financial aid process is not complete until you receive an email in your Student Email Account that informs you of your eligibility status.

Always use your student email account when corresponding with the college and be sure to include your name on all correspondence.

You will miss deadlines and important information if you are not checking your student email account regularly and keeping your inbox clean.

4. Monitor your MyMotlow account daily

Motlow utilizes MyMotlow, a self service account, so that you can have access to your financial aid information 24-7.

You must check your status regularly by logging in to your MyMotlow account, click the Financial Aid tab, then click Financial Aid Status. Read the info, and follow the instructions and links for specific details.

You will miss deadlines and Student Requirements if you are not checking your Financial Aid Status in MyMotlow regularly.

5. Complete Student Requirements on MyMotlow

It is the responsibility of the college to verify your final FAFSA eligibility. To do this, the Financial Aid Office may need additional information from you that we call Student Requirements.

To view YOUR Student Requirements, log in to your MyMotlow account, click the Financial Aid tab, then click Financial Aid Status. Read the info, and follow the instructions and links for specific details.

If Student Requirements are not completed, submitted and processed by the appropriate Financial aid deadlines you must be prepared to pay for your classes in full or set up a payment plan, prior to the tuition due date.

Important dates and deadlines

6. Confirm Enrollment on MyMotlow

You cannot confirm enrollment (save your schedule) until your balance is zero; either because you have paid the balance out of pocket or your financial aid award was enough to cover the balance or because you have set up the payment plan.

If your financial aid award is not enough to cover the balance due, you will need to pay the remaining balance or set up a payment plan prior to the tuition due date. Check your balance due by logging in to your MyMotlow account, click the Student tab, then click Student Account, then click Account Detail/Confirm Enrollment.

If you have questions about the payment process, you may contact the Business Office at businessoffice@mscc.edu.

7. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress simply means that a student must be making adequate progress toward the specific degree that they are seeking. Poor grades, poor attendance and dropping classes can cause a student to lose financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office will check your progress at the end of each semester to determine continued eligibility. All financial aid funds are subject to change or termination based on your enrollment status, your GPA, the number of classes you've attempted versus the number you've completed and maximum timeframe. For specific details, view the complete Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

Additional Financial Aid Info

  • Student loans are not available at Motlow
  • Motlow does not certify private student loans
  • Motlow does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program
  • Motlow does not participate in the Federal Work Study program
  • View Motlow scholarship opportunities