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Helping Heroes Grant

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 The Helping Heroes Grant is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to US veterans who were honorably discharged or who are a former or current member of a reserve or TN National Guard unit. 

The award amount is $1,000 per semester for a student who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.

The Helping Heroes Grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to be eligible, the student must:

  • Be an honorably discharged veteran who had formally served the armed forces of the United States, or a former or current member of a reserve or Tennessee National Guard unit who was called into active military service of the United States
  • Be a Tennessee resident for one year preceding the date of application for this grant
  • Be awarded the following:
    • Iraq Campaign Medal;
    • Afghanistan Campaign Medal; or
    • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Enroll at an eligible 2-year or 4-year postsecondary institution (Click Here for a listing.)
  • Have not earned a baccalaureate degree;
  • Not be in default on a federal Title IV educational loan or Tennessee educational loan;
  • Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a Tennessee student financial aid program;
  • Be in compliance with federal drug-free rules and laws for receiving financial assistance;
  • Not be incarcerated;
  • Meet each qualification relating to this grant and applicable to the student; and
  • Not be required to meet any academic standard at the time of enrollment in order to be eligible for this grant.
  • Award of a Helping Heroes Grant shall be made after the completion of a semester, so long as the student successfully completes the course with a non-failing grade as the final grade for the course.
  • Successful completion of six (6) or more semester hours while enrolled at an eligible 2-year or 4-year postsecondary institution with no failing grade as the final grade for the courses 
  • Grant may be awarded for a maximum of eight (8) “full” semesters; 6-11 semester hours completed constitutes ½ semester
  • Grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis

Complete the application for a Helping Heroes Grant for each academic year. The application processing deadline are: September 1 (or the following business day) for fall enrollment, February 1 (or the following business day) for spring, or May 1 (or the following business day) for summer enrollment. Please mail your DD-214 to the address below or fax it to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation at (615) 741-6101.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1510
Nashville, TN 37243

  • Receive the award for eight (8) full semesters have passed; or
  • Eighth anniversary of the veteran’s honorable discharge from military service; whichever comes first; or
  • Earning a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first