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Types of Financial Assistance

Grants and Scholarships can be awarded from a variety of sources including Vanderbilt, federal, state and private entities. These funds are considered "gift" assistance and do not have to be repaid.

Grants and Need-Based Scholarships available by completing the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE:

  • University Need-Based Grant
    Grant assistance to undergraduate students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree and awarded based upon financial need. Amounts vary based upon need.
  • University Restricted Scholarships
    Grant (gift) assistance to undergraduate students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree and awarded based upon financial need and academic performance. Amounts vary based upon need. Dollars for this assistance are provided by generous alumni and friends of Vanderbilt. Eligible students will be matched with appropriate scholarship funds by the staff of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Grants available by completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Federal Pell Grant
    For families with low incomes. (Undergraduate Only)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    For those with exceptional need. $200 to $2,500 per year (undergraduates only).
  • Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)
    File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1, which will then allow for information to be made available to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). However, we recommend filing much earlier as funding allocations by the state may be limited. Eligibility for this program is determined annual by TSAC. Awards range from $2,000 to $4,000 (undergraduate, Tennessee residents only).
  • Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS)
    Undergraduate students are required to complete the FAFSA each year to qualify for the TELS programs. Additional eligibility requirements are determined through the program rules. The filing deadline for fall eligibility is September 1 and for spring eligibility is February 1 of each year. View additional information and eligibility requirements for this program (undergraduate, Tennessee residents only).

Loan assistance is available and it must be repaid, with interest, based upon a certain payment schedule. For more loan information, please see the section, "Loan Information & Payment Plan Options"

Academic Year Student Contribution:  AYSC

  • As the primary beneficiary of a Vanderbilt education, you are expected to participate in paying for a portion of your college costs.  Your financial aid package for the academic year will typically include an Academic Year Student Contribution.  For most students, the Academic Year Student Contribution is currently no more than $ 2,700 each academic year.
  • It is our initial expectation that you will cover all or part of your Academic Year Student Contribution from part time employment while in school.  Employment information for both on and off-campus job opportunities may be found at:  www.vanderbilt.edu/studentemployment.   Vanderbilt does not place or guarantee students employment.  If you receive an outside scholarship it will be used first to replace or reduce your Academic Year Student Contribution before reducing Vanderbilt need-based assistance.

Student employment opportunities offer students a chance to gain valuable work experience in addition to receiving a paycheck for their hours worked. Employment positions are not assigned; students must initiate the job search and application process. Visit Student Employment website.

  • Federal Work Study
    Students must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for this program. Eligible undergraduate students may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus. Eligible graduate/professional students may work up to 29.5 hours per week on-campus. There are a variety of work locations and settings. Wages begin at $7.25, but vary depending on type of job. Most undergraduate students are awarded $1,000-$2,500 per year. Students are normally paid bi-weekly for hours worked.
  • Vanderbilt Institutional Employment Program
    Vanderbilt has an institutional employment program for those students who do not qualify for the Federal Work Study program. Most positions are obtained through the HireADore job website. Eligible undergraduate students may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus. Eligible graduate/professional students may work up to 29.5 hours per week on-campus. There are a variety of work locations and settings. Wages begin at $7.25, but vary depending on type of job. Students are normally paid bi-weekly for hours worked.

Outside Scholarships are available from sponsoring organizations including parents' employers, religious organizations, fraternal societies, women's clubs and veterans groups.

  • Information and advice regarding outside sources of assistance can be obtained through high school guidance counselors, publications, and the internet. FastWeb (www.fastweb.com) and the College Board opportunities offer students a chance to gain valuable work experience in addition to receiving a paycheck for their hours worked. Employment positions are not assigned; students must initiate the job search and application process. 

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