Cumberland University


Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or talent and generally do not require repayment unless an over-award has occurred or incorrect information has been provided.
  • The Federal Pell Grant Program is the largest Federal student aid program. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all eligible students have at least a portion of the necessary money to meet college expenses. The amount of each Federal Pell Grant depends on the student's financial need, the cost of education, and the enrollment status of the student.
  • A Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is an award to help undergraduates pay for their education. The amount that a student receives depends upon financial need, the amount of money the school has for the program, and the amount of aid the student receives from other programs. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority in FSEOG awards.
  • Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a need-based grant provided by the State of Tennessee. Any Tennessee resident who is or will be enrolled as an undergraduate is eligible, and the actual amount of time the student will be enrolled during the year. Students are encouraged to apply early.
  • Athletic Grants at Cumberland University support intercollegiate athletic teams in various sports for men and women. Athletic Grants are available for some, but not all, of the sports depending on the division in which the University participates. Awards are based on need and/or talent. Students must meet the NAIA requirements, as well as the Cumberland requirement of a 2.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Fine Arts Scholarships support several areas of fine arts. Areas include band, chorus, art, theatre and dance. Scholarships are awarded by the directors of the area of interest with the direction of the department chairperson. Awards are based upon need and/or talent and participation.