Loan assistance is available for graduate students in the form of subsidized and unsubsidized loans through the Federal Stafford Loan program, the Federal Perkins Loan program, and certain alternative/private loan programs. Eligibility for the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Perkins Loan is based on financial need, but the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is available regardless of need. (However, students are required to complete the need-based application process before a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan may be awarded.) Alternative/private loans are available from private sources that are not based on financial need. We recommend that students apply for federal loans first and then pursue additional sources of funding if necessary.
In order to be considered for the Federal Loan programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This may be done online.
Detailed information on eligibility criteria and application procedures may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1725.