Joint MTSU/TSU Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program

Academic information about the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) / Tennessee State University (TSU) Joint Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Degree Program is located in the online Graduate Catalog.

Because the MTSU/TSU Joint Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Degree allows students to enroll at MTSU and/or TSU, a student’s school of enrollment may change each semester. The Institution where a student is enrolled each semester will determine who will process and pay federal graduate student loans. Students cannot receive loans from MTSU and TSU for the same semester. To apply for federal graduate student loans, please note the following information:The joint Master of Criminal Justice Degree (MCJ) between Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Tennessee State University (TSU) is a 36-hour program. Participants are required to complete 18 graduate credit hours at MTSU and 18 graduate credit hours at TSU. Because you will be paying tuition and fees at two different schools over the course of your program, please be aware of the information below.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If students are enrolled exclusively in a minimum of 5 graduate MCJ credit hours per semester at MTSU, they may receive federal graduate student loans from MTSU, if eligible. A FAFSA must be completed each year and the school code (003510) for MTSU must be entered. Students have the option of enrolling at TSU; therefore, the school code (003522) for TSU may be entered on the FAFSA also.

Federal Graduate Student Loans

Typically, the Institution where a student is enrolled at least 5 graduate credit hours will be the Institution that processes and pays the federal graduate student loan. (Enrollment exceptions are included in the Consortium Agreement Section below.) A student may request a one-semester only loan at the beginning of each semester. To apply for a federal direct graduate unsubsidized student loan at MTSU, a student must submit a completed MCJ Federal Direct Student Loan Request Sheet. The amount of the loan requested cannot exceed $10,250. Students cannot receive loans from MTSU and TSU for the same semester.

Consortium agreements

Students enrolled in 3 graduate credit hours at MTSU and 3 graduate credit hours at TSU during the same semester must complete a Consortium Agreement and loan application at their Home Institution to receive federal graduate student loans from their Home Institution. The Home Institution is defined as the school where students will receive their MCJ degree. If a Consortium Agreement is required, the Agreement is initiated and processed by the Home Institution.

Students who complete a consortium agreement with MTSU as the Home Institution, must also complete a MCJ Federal Direct Student Loan Request Sheet at MTSU. Federal graduate student loans are subject to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

MTSU Home School students who complete a consortium agreement must also complete a MCJ Federal Direct Student Loan Request Sheet at MTSU. Financial aid, including Federal Direct Student Loans, is subject to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

If MTSU is the Home institution, contact your Enrollment Counselor for assistance. If TSU is the Home Institution, contact the TSU Financial Aid Office at 615-963-5701.

Additional information

MTSU loan funds will not be sent to TSU. Refunds will be directly deposited to students' bank account, provided students have signed up for direct deposit. For refund dates, refer to tuition website.

It is the students' responsibility to pay the balance owed to TSU.