Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

Federal Grants

A grant is a need-based award that does not have to be paid back. Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students and provide a foundation to which other forms of financial aid may be added. To determine if you are eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report on the FAFSA. The maximum Pell Grant award for 2011-2012 is estimated to be $5,550.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and receive Pell Grants in that award year. The average FSEOG award at Lincoln Memorial University is $600-$1,200 per year.

State Grants and Scholarships

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is awarded to Tennessee residents with an Expected Family Contribution of $2,100 or less. The maximum TSAA award is $4,000, and the TSAA is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (Hope Scholarship) is available to Tennessee residents with a minumum 21 ACT, 980 SAT or 3.0 final high school GPA. For additional information and rules and regulations governing the lottery scholarship program, please visit the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship website.

The Tennessee General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)- This is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; students must be HOPE eligible, Minimum 29 ACT (Composite)/1280 SAT (Math + Critical Reading ONLY) on a national or state test date AND 3.75 final weighted GPA for entering freshman graduating from eligible public or category 1, 2 or 3 private high schools. Please se TSAC website for further information about Homeschooled students.

The Tennessee Aspire Award- This is a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; students must be HOPE eligible. Students may receive either Aspire Award of GAMS, but not both. Parents or independent student's (and spouse's) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form.

Please go to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation's website to find out more about the deadlines for these an other grants and scholarships.

LMU Scholarships

General Academic Scholarship Eligibility Chart – 2012-13


Eligibility Chart – New Students
ACT Score

SAT Score








High School GPA        
3.50-4.0 $10,000 -*Full Tuition $7,000 $5,000 $3,000
3.21-3.49 $7,000 $5,000 $5,000 $3,000
2.81-3.20 $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $3,000
2.00-2.80 $5,000 $3,000 $3,000 $0
*Limited number of full tuition scholarships; please contact the
Office of Admissions to be considered.
Valedictorians and Salutatorians are eligible for $10,500

Eligibility Chart – Transfer Students

College GPA





  $5,500 $4,700 $2,500 $1,000
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are ½ the cost of tuition.
Limited number of PTK Scholarships; please contact the
Office of Admissions to be considered.

In order to apply for need-based financial aid, there is only one application to fill out: Apply after January 1 (LMU School Code - 003502).

March 1 is the priority date for scholarship consideration. All students who have been accepted to LMU prior to this date will be considered for academic awards. All scholarships are renewable for three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.7 GPA.

NOTE: All academic awards must be applied toward tuition, books, fees, room and board expenses. All other financial aid including federal, state, outside scholarships and institutional grants will be credited to the student's account first, with the academic award picking up the balance of the student's institutional aid eligibility. No cash refunds will be made.

Academic award recipients are expected to take an active part in student life by becoming involved in at least one of the University's recognized student organizations (for which you are not receiving scholarship money) each semester. Recipients are also required to do 10 hours of campus/community service each semester.

Diversity Grant is available for undergraduate students who live on-campus, based upon the student’s qualities that make Lincoln Memorial University a more diverse student body.  Other criteria when considering students for the Diversity Grant will be grade point average, activities, leadership qualities, etc.  The grant will equal $3,000 per student for 2012-2013 to be used toward on-campus tuition, room and board expenses (after application of other aid).  U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens must complete a 2012-2013 FAFSA form in order to qualify for the Diversity Grant.  All recipients must maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order for the award to be renewed annually.  No application is necessary for renewal of the Diversity Grant. The application for this grant program can be printed here.

Lincoln Memorial University believes students who have exhibited academic excellence should be rewarded for their achievements. For this reason, we have established an academic scholarship program dedicated to recognizing and supporting the continued success of outstanding students.

The Lincoln Grant is a need based grant based on the FAFSA results that students may qualify to receive. Students that still have unmet need after federal, state and an academic scholarship may be eligible to receive this grant. The amount awarded to students is determined by their need. The FAFSA must be completed each year in order to be considered for the Lincoln Grant.

The Legacy Scholarship is given to students who have had immediate family members attend and graduate from LMU. This award is typically $1000 for the year or $500 for the semester.

The Special Exceptions Grant is awarded to students after review of the Professional Judgment Form or some other type of appeal. This grant is awarded on an individual basis and the amount can vary, given the student's situation. This grant must be approved by the Executive Director of Financial Aid and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services to be awarded.

Athletic Awards are awarded through the specific athletic teams.

Outside Scholarships

Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 3 Scholarship Program- Business Majors only. About the ACBSP Scholarship. Application for the ACBSP Scholarship.

Free Scholarship Searches is an outstanding website that provides many free scholarship searches for students.  Many of these searches may require some basic demographic information about the student and will automatically send relevant scholarships for students to apply.  As always, please contact the LMU Financial Aid Office with your specific financial aid questions at 423.869.6336.

The John Gyles Education Awards are available each year to students in both Canada and the United States. They are the result of a private, benevolent endeavor established in 1990. Full Canadian or American citizenship is a requirement. Awards are available to both male and female students in all areas of post secondary study. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Criteria other than strictly academic ability and financial need are considered in the selection process. Selected students will receive up to $3000. The 2010 deadline for mailing applications is May 1. Applications are available online.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering Degrees - Undergraduate Academic Award
A $1,000 academic award given to a student pursuing a degree in computer science or computer dngineering. Areas of study that will be considered include computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, software engineering, database management, computer networking, computer programming and information technology management.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Degrees - Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 academic award given to a student pursuing any associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing criminal justice or law enforcement. Areas of study that will be considered include criminal justice, law enforcement, homeland security, sociology with law/criminal emphasis, corrections, computer forensics and forensic psychology, among others.

Liberal Arts and General Studies Degrees - Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 academic award given to a student pursuing an associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing liberal arts, general studies or humanities.

Nursing GrantsNursing Grants
CampusRN has $15,000 in Scholarships Available to Nursing & Allied Health Students.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, The Bell County Extension Homemakers Association will be awarding two scholarships of $500 each to two deserving students in Bell County. A student must take at least 12 credit hours in order to be eligible for the scholarship and may apply annually. Applications will be judged on the following criteria: Financial Need – 75% & Potential/Character – 25%. Applications and guidelines for this scholarship may be picked up in the Financial Aid Office. Applications are due April 16, 2011.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact our office. Financial aid counselors are assigned to students based on the first letter of the student's last name.

Front Desk: 423.869.6336

(A-F) Jonah Scent: 423.869.6274 or 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6274
(G-M) April Disney: 423.869.6491 or 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6491
(N-Z) Chad Robbins: 423.869.6824 or 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6824

Bryan Erslan, executive director: 423.869.6465 or 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6465