Financial aid helps balance tuition costs

Colt Phelps, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Applying for some type of financial aid is a process almost 100 percent of students went through this fall. About 95 percent of students who applied in the spring and summer applied for need-based financial aid, said Diane Cox, director of Financial Aid. Of that 95 percent, Cox said 62 […]

Tennessee Promise may increase transfer students


By Ashley Closson, Chattanooga, Tenn., — More  than two-thirds of high school seniors, about 56,000 students, have applied for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, setting up a potential lift in enrollment for the state’s two-year colleges and potentially impacting four-year universities like UTC. The Tennessee Promise is guaranteed to cover the costs of any two-year college […]

Chattanooga Technology Council awards students scholarships

By Sarah Grace Battles, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Students Jackson Stone and Breanna George were awarded scholarships from the Chattanooga Technology Council (CTC) to assist in developing a strong workforce in the Chattanooga region. The application process consisted of an essay as well as an evaluation of coursework, GPA and extracurriculars. “Scholarships help our students to […]

Women only scholarships should be based on intellect not physical looks

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By Emily Bostic, Chattanooga, Tenn. — In case you missed it, we have a new “Miss America,” as of the middle of September. I have nothing against beauty pageants or the Miss America competition. However, after this year’s winner was crowned, I read a few articles about the Miss America organization as a whole — something […]

Tennessee Promise helps high schoolers transition to college

By Ciara McCall, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Tennessee Promise needs mentors for the upcoming semester for a program that helps give Tennessee high school graduates the chance to attend community or technical college for free. The nonprofit organization tnAchieves is supported by Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise to boost the amount of students with graduate degrees across the state. […]

New semester, same problem—books, course codes costly for students

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Lauren Cozart, a Nashville freshman, waits to receive her books at the start of the semester.

By Andrea Tetreault, Chattanooga, TN—Most students are familiar with the stressful costs of books but as more teachers integrate technology into courses, books are no longer the only school supplies that will break the bank. Some courses, such as language, math and science, require online course codes that give students access to course materials, online […]

Financial Aid Department helps students build budgeting skills

By Sarah Cooksey, Chattanooga, TN— The Financial Aid Department is providing students with different ways to celebrate financial literacy month. Planned events include implementing financial literacy workshops with various on-campus organizations, providing confidential one-on-one financial counseling and promoting financial stress awareness with several financial institutions and organizations at the UTC Stress Fair, according to a news […]

Federal spending cuts to lead to increased student loan fees

By Aaron Wells, Chattanooga, TN—Students who accept certain federal loans can expect increased fees due to recent government spending cuts, commonly known as the “sequester.” Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law a series of federal spending cuts which will amount to $1.2 trillion over a 10-year period. The first cycle of cuts took effect March […]

Obama introduces ‘Scorecard’ aimed at ranking college value as sequester threatens financial aid cuts

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State of the Union: President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address, which he mentioned issues concerning colleges and universities nationwide, such as the yearly increases in school tuition.

By Emily Gurchiek, Chattanooga, TN—With college and university tuition rising every year, President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union speech he wanted to find a way to hold schools accountable by grading them on their affordability and value. The president’s message was delivered as the sequester, a series of automatic budget cuts […]

Financial aid office hosts events to help students manage money, complete FAFSA

By Sarah Cooksey, Chattanooga, TN—Although as pop star Jessie J says, “it’s not about the money-money-money,” the UTC Financial Aid office has various events to have students thinking about money. The office, located on the second floor of the UC, aims to please, Jeff Rector, assistant director, said. Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25, […]