Financial aid & scholarships

We’re here to help

We’re committed to assisting you and your family in finding ways to fund your educational goals at Watkins. Each year, approximately 96 percent of our full-time, first-degree-seeking students receive some kind of funding from student aid and/or loan programs. Consult with us to explore funding options and to understand the federal, state, and institutional guidelines for various aid programs.

Your next steps for financial aid

Here’s what you need to do if you are interested in applying for student financial assistance:

  • Create an FSA ID. You, your parents, and other borrowers are required to use an FSA ID (with user name and password) to access U.S. Department of Education (USDE) websites.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Use the Watkins school code 031276 when you file your FAFSA. You can submit your FAFSA as soon as October 1 of the year prior to the year you plan to enroll.
  • Review for accuracy the Student Aid Report that FAFSA issues and keep a copy for your records. Watkins will receive an electronic copy of the Student Aid Report automatically.
  • Contact us to confirm that we have all the information we need to determine your student aid eligibility. If you have submitted conflicting or questionable information, we may require you or your parents to submit additional documents before we can determine your eligibility. This process is called verification.
  • If you are a non-degree or special-status student, or for any other reason do not meet the eligibility or citizenship status on the FAFSA, you may not be eligible for federal student financial assistance.
  • If you are a Tennessee resident and a recent Tennessee high school graduate, the FAFSA serves as your application for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarships. The state also uses the FAFSA to determine if you qualify for the Tennessee need-based grant program Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). Get details from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
  • Find out more about FAFSA requirements and how the information is used to determine your eligibility for aid.

How we award student aid

Once your FAFSA has been processed and we have all the information we need, we’ll work with the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for various aid programs.

To qualify for financial aid, you must be admitted to Watkins as a degree-seeking student in an undergraduate or graduate program, maintain good academic standing, and meet all other general eligibility requirements for student financial assistance.

We use these factors when we award student aid from various programs:

  • cost of attendance (COA)
  • expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated by the USDE (based your FAFSA information)
  • year in school
  • enrollment status (full-time, part-time, etc.)

Watkins offers financial assistance through a variety of federal, state, and institutional funds and programs. Learn about loans, work opportunities, and scholarships. [links respectively to Financial aid & scholarships/Loans, work, and other programs and Financial aid & scholarships/Scholarships]

Financial Aid Deadlines

Semester Priority Late
Fall April 1 July 1
Spring April 1 October 1
Summer April 1 May 1