Scholarship Opportunities for First-Time Incoming Transfer Students

Preparing to qualify for MTSU scholarships begins long before you enroll. Our Transfer Scholarship Checklist will help you plan ahead to position yourself to qualify for grants and scholarships available to academically strong transfer students.

Scholarship Checklist  MTSU Transfer Academic Scholarships 
 Application-Based Transfer Scholarships  MTSU Foundation and Departmental Scholarships

Incoming transfer scholarship checklist

Freshman year

If you plan to complete a two-year degree at a community college then transfer to MTSU, take the following actions during your first year to help you qualify for scholarships after your second year:

  • All Year: Focus on earning high grades. A great start will help you reach your academic goals and qualify for more scholarships!
  • Take an average of 15 hours per semester. To qualify for most transfer scholarships, you will need at least 45 earned hours after the fall semester of your second year.
  • Fall and spring: Start searching for scholarship opportunities! Visit our Private Scholarships webpage for suggestions on where and how to search. Begin a scholarship folder with information about scholarships in which you are interested. Note the source of the scholarship, requirements, application process, and deadline to apply.
  • Summer: Begin applying for Private scholarships.

Sophomore year (or the year you plan to transfer to MTSU)

  • All year: Continue to focus on your grades. The strength of your GPA is an important factor in distinguishing you from other students.
  • Fall: Continue searching and applying for private scholarships.
  • Early January: File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    This is the application for federal grants and loans, the lottery scholarship, and other aid. File your FAFSA in early January to qualify for need-based aid, or by April 1 if you do not expect to receive need-based aid.
  • February 15: Deadline to apply for admission in order to be considered for a Transfer Academic Service Scholarship or Transfer Raider Scholarship.
  • February 15: Deadline to submit online applications for other transfer scholarships.
  • Early spring: Check with your academic department to learn about scholarship opportunities and application requirements for students in your major.
  • Early summer: Request that your final transcripts be submitted to the MTSU Admissions Office as soon as possible after the end of the spring term. (If you will enroll in the summer term at either your current school or MTSU, please note that there may be delays in applying your aid and lottery scholarship until we receive your final transcript and verify your eligibility.)
  • Mid-summer: Expecting a lottery scholarship, TSAA Grant or other state aid? Notify the state that you plan to attend MTSU. You may do so by visiting College Pays TN's Student Portal or by submitting a Change of Institution Form.
  • Mid-summer: If you are expecting a lottery scholarship, you must complete and submit an MTSU Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Transfer Notification Form. Please submit as soon as you see your final semester's grades showing on your MTSU transcript. You'll need to allow 2-4 weeks from that date for your lottery eligibility to be reviewed.
  • Mid-August: Expecting a lottery scholarship but not seeing your transfer grades on your MTSU transcript yet? Check with your Enrollment Counselor to ask whether you are eligible for a deferment based on the expected award.
  • August 15: One-Semester Scholarship Applications available for students who were not selected as recipients for other MTSU scholarships.

Questions? Please contact your Enrollment Counselor.

MTSU Transfer Academic Scholarships

MTSU provides an array of academic merit scholarship opportunities which are awarded to incoming transfer students joining the university in the summer or fall semesters. MTSU Transfer Scholarships are generally awarded based on transfer credits earned and established GPA. Awards range from $1000 to $3000 per year. You must meet a minimum requirement of at least a 3.0 cumulative college GPA and 45 to 105 earned credit hours after the fall term previous to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU.  

If you are planning to first enroll in the spring term, please be aware that these awards cannot be guaranteed. The number and amount of scholarships awarded for spring enrollees will depend on the amount of scholarship funding remaining for the current academic year after all fall enrollees are awarded. For spring consideration, all materials must be received by October 1.

Recipients of MTSU Transfer Service Scholarships are required to complete 75 hours of service to MTSU each semester as a condition of their scholarship award. We believe that the service requirement provides valuable work experience to students, as well as helping scholarship recipients make important connections with students, staff, and faculty of the university. For more information, visit the Scholarship Service Program webpage. Please note there is no service requirement with the Raider Scholarship.

No separate scholarship application is required for the MTSU Transfer Service scholarships and/or the Raider Scholarship. All incoming transfer students who apply for admission and pay the application fee, submit transcripts and other required admissions documents, meet minimum GPA and credit hour requirements, and who will first enroll in the summer or fall term will be considered. Priority consideration will be given to students who establish eligibility for a scholarship by February 15 prior to summer or fall term enrollment.

TBR Community College Academic Service Scholarship

Transfer students from TBR community colleges will be considered for a TBR Academic Service Scholarship if they have at least a 3.0 cumulative college GPA and 45-105 earned hours after the fall semester prior to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU. The scholarship is $3,000 per academic year and is renewable for up to four (4) semesters. The scholarship is guaranteed to any student who applies for admission and meets all scholarship requirements by February 15.

Non-TBR Academic Service Scholarship

Transfer students from schools other than TBR community colleges will be considered for a Non-TBR Academic Service Scholarship if they have at least a 3.0 cumulative college GPA and 45-105 earned hours after the fall semester prior to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU. Most recipients will have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship is competitively awarded at the level of $3,000 per academic year and is renewable for up to four (4) semesters. The scholarship is guaranteed to any student who applies for admission and meets all scholarship requirements by February 15.

Raider Scholarship

Transfer students from all colleges and universities will be considered for a Raider Scholarship if they have at least a 3.0 cumulative college GPA and 45-105 earned hours after the fall semester prior to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU. The scholarship is competitively awarded at the level of $1,000 for one academic year and is not renewable. Priority is given to students transferring from a school other than a TBR community college who apply for admission by February 15, and have a GPA of 3.0-3.49 and 45-105 earned hours at that time.

The fine print 

  • Deadline for priority consideration is February 15. The deadline for spring enrollees is October 1.
  • Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, service (except Raider Scholarship recipients), and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. For more information about SAP requirements, please visit MTSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Only students who receive scholarships will be notified. Award letters will be sent beginning in late fall 2014 and will include a Scholarship Agreement which must be signed and returned.
  • The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student,(including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Honors Transfer Fellowship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
  • A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance.

Continuing eligibility criteria

  • Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after each semester.
  • Students must enroll at least full-time every fall and spring semester.
  • Recipients of both the TBR and non-TBR Academic Service Scholarship are required to complete 75 hours of service to MTSU each semester. Five service hours per week will be completed in an academic or administrative department. Please visit Scholarship Service Program for information about the Scholarship Service Program at MTSU.

 Application-Based Transfer Scholarships

In addition to receiving automatic consideration for the three designated MTSU Academic Scholarships (TBR Academic Service, Non-TBR Academic Service, and Raider Scholarship), transfer students who will be joining MTSU for the first time in the summer or fall semester may also apply separately for consideration for competitive scholarships based on additional criteria.

Honors Transfer Fellowship

The highest award given to a transfer student in the University Honors College. A minimum of 60 earned hours with a GPA of at least 3.5 is required for consideration. Honors Transfer Fellows will receive $7,000 per year for 2 years; a limited number of recipients incurring out-of-state tuition costs may receive $14,000 per year. Recipients may additionally receive consideration for study-abroad scholarships. For more information and an application, please visit. http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/pdfs/Transfer%20Student%20Scholarship%20Web%20Version.pdf. (15 scholarships per year: 12 in-state and 3 out-of-state)

Transfer Diversity Scholarship

The Transfer Diversity Scholarship is available to incoming transfer students who meet financial need, diversity, and academic requirements. Diverse students are broadly considered to be members of underrepresented groups such as first-generation college applicants, members of a minority race or ethnicity, students who have disabilities or have overcome hardships, and students with special talents and/or abilities. Recipients will be awarded $4,000 per year for 2 years. 

Applicants must be enrolling for the first time in the summer or fall semester, and must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and 45-105 earned credit hours after the fall semester prior to their enrollment at MTSU. Applicants must also have demonstrated financial need, as demonstrated by a designation of an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000 or less on the FAFSA. For consideration, the Consolidated Application for Scholarships through Financial Aid & Scholarship Office must be submitted via ScholarX by February 15, and a FAFSA must be submitted by March 1. 

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is available to transfer students who are members of PTK and who will be enrolling at MTSU for the first time in the summer or fall semester. Priority is given to transfer students who have been selected as members of the All-Tennessee Academic Team. Recipients will be awarded $4000 per year, and the scholarship is renewable for a second year. For consideration, the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Application must be submitted via ScholarX by March 1. Please contact the Admissions Office at (615) 898-2111 for additional information.

2+2 Scholarship

The 2 + 2 Scholarship Award provides $1,500 for one academic year and is renewable for up to an additional year. Transfer students from Columbia State Community College or Motlow State Community College will be considered for a 2+2 Scholarship if they have at least a 3.0 cumulative college GPA, will participate in the 2+2 Program beginning with the 2014-2015 year (including taking MTSU courses at the community college campus), and submit a Consolidated Application for Scholarships through Financial Aid & Scholarship Office via ScholarX by February 15. 

Applicants who have completed one year at MTSU through the 2+2 program but did not apply, or were not selected in their initial year, may also be considered.

The fine print

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 4 semesters. Scholarships are not available during the summer term.
  • Award letters will be sent beginning in late April and will include a Scholarship Agreement which must be signed and returned. Applicants who were not selected as recipients will be notified via e-mail in late April.
  • The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Honors Transfer Fellowship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
  • A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance.
     

Continuing eligibility criteria

  • Honors Transfer Fellowships have renewal requirements which are different than those listed below; please contact the Honors College for further details.
  • Recipients of the Transfer Diversity Scholarship must earn an overall combined cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 after each semester; recipients of other scholarships must maintain an overall combined 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
  • Students must enroll at least full-time every fall and spring semester.
     

MTSU Foundation and departmental scholarships

MTSU offers approximately 700 endowed and other scholarships to approximately 2000 students each year through special programs sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Application processes vary from department to department. Many of these Foundation and departmental scholarships require online applications or paper applications, while others are awarded based on academic achievement or other factors and do not require an application.

What is a Foundation Scholarship?

A Foundation Scholarship is an endowed award, with funding that initially came to MTSU from an outside benefactor. The scholarship donor, often an MTSU alumnus or a local charitable organization, gives funds to MTSU and designates that the funds be used to offer scholarships to students meeting certain criteria. MTSU uses the available funds to award scholarships to students who match each donor's preferences and requirements. For example, a donor might ask that a scholarship be given to students in a particular major, or to students who have financial need. These scholarships are usually assigned to the departments which are best able to identify eligible students; for instance, a scholarship for chemistry majors will be awarded by the chemistry department, while a scholarship for art students is assigned to the art department. 

What is a departmental scholarship?

A departmental scholarship has funding that comes from within the budget of a specific academic or other department, and that department selects the recipients. These scholarships are often performance-based, with specific performance requirements which must be completed for the student to continue to receive the scholarship. For example, a music departmental scholarship may require a student to register for certain classes and to participate in specific music ensembles; an athletic scholarship may require the recipient to play on a certain athletic team. 

How do I search for and apply for Foundation scholarships?

MTSU Financial Aid and Scholarships maintains a database of most MTSU Foundation scholarships. To search for and apply for Foundation scholarships, take these easy steps:

  • Go to the 'ScholarX Search Tool', then click on a search button to indicate how you wish to search. Press Submit to start the search.
    • Use the Category Search feature to find scholarships which match a certain profile, such as major, county, or classification.
    • Use the Description and Name Search feature to find scholarships which contain a certain word in the name or description. The Keyword Feature is not in use at the current time.
    • Read the descriptions of the listed scholarships to find awards in which you are interested.
    • For awards of interest, read the "How to Apply" instructions carefully.
      • If the scholarship uses an online application through ScholarX, a link will be provided in the instructions.
      • Otherwise, the instructions will include a website, phone number, office location, or other information about how to get an application.
      • Please note that some scholarships do not require an application but are instead awarded based on academic achievements or other factors.
      • Important: Disregard the "Apply!" link at the top of the page. MTSU does not use this feature.
         

Foundation and departmental scholarship deadlines

Most scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. After a scholarship deadline has passed, the application for that scholarship will no longer be available or accepted. After all deadlines have passed for the upcoming year, the scholarship search page will be available but students will not be able to apply for any of the listed awards. 

Departmental scholarships of special interest

Information regarding four of our most popular areas of interest are noted below. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, so you should additionally contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and follow the instructions above to search the ScholarX website for other opportunities.

  • Army ROTC Scholarships - Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
  • Music Scholarships - Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
  • Scholarships through the June Anderson Center Scholarship for Women and Non-traditional Students
  • Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaches of that particular sport. For more information, please contact the appropriate coaching staff.
     

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships

If you are currently receiving a Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (TELS) scholarship at another college or university, you will need to be sure that you complete the following steps so that your scholarship will follow you when you transfer to MTSU.  

  1. Submit your prior college transcripts to the MTSU Admissions Office
    Submit all of your prior college transcripts to MTSU's Admissions Office, and monitor your RaiderNet account to insure that all transfer credits are showing on your MTSU transcript.

    Here is how to check your MTSU transcript:

    • Go to pipeline.mtsu.edu and log in
    • Click on the 'Student' tab
    • Click on 'Student Records'
    • Click on 'Transcript', then on 'Submit'
    • Scroll down to the bottom to check for the most recent semester's grades

  2. Notify the Financial Aid Office at your current school
    Inform your current school's Financial Aid Office that you are planning to transfer, so they can cancel your future aid (including the lottery scholarship and any other grants, loans, or scholarships you are receiving there). 

  3. Add MTSU to Your FAFSA
    If you did not list MTSU on your FAFSA as one of the institutions to receive your information, you will need to add our school code. The Federal School Code for MTSU is 003510.

  4. Notify TSAC that you are changing schools
    It is important that you inform the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) of which school you plan to attend. You may do so by visiting College Pays TN's Student Portal or by submitting a Change of Institution Form. It is recommended that you use the Student Portal, since it is processed by TSAC immediately. If you choose to send the paper form, please allow 2 weeks for processing. If you have any questions you can contact TSAC by calling them at (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346.

  5. Submit a TELS Transfer Notification Form to the MT One Stop
    When you see all your transfer credits on your MTSU transcript, and you have made MTSU your school of record with TSAC for the applicable award year, complete an MTSU TELS Transfer Notification Form. Complete the form and submit it to the MT One Stop.

  6. Are you transferring to MTSU mid-year?
    If you are transferring to MTSU in the middle of the academic year (for example, if you transfer in the spring after attending another school in the fall), please be aware that you may not receive your lottery award prior to the fee payment deadline and the beginning of classes, depending on the timing of when you complete all steps for eligibility processing. MTSU is required by state policies to verify your initial and continuing eligibility, and this process cannot be completed until you have taken all steps noted above.

  7. Are you transferring back to Tennessee after attending an out-of-state college or university?
    If you were initially eligible for a TELS award upon completion of high school requirements, and were enrolled at a regionally accredited out-of-state post-secondary institution within 16 months after graduation, and are now transferring to an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive the TELS award.

    If the above scenario applies to you, please contact your MT One Stop enrollment counselor.
     

Other grants and loan forgiveness programs

Tennessee residents may qualify for a variety of state-based aid programs, which include a need-based grant, several scholarships based on merit or other factors, and loan forgiveness programs for students in certain majors. These programs are administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/ 

Questions?

Please contact your Enrollment Counselor!