Graduate Financial Aid

  1. Apply for Admission
  2. Complete the FAFSA
  3. Complete the Federal Direct Loan requirements if needed



Eligibility for Federal Aid is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Federal Processor.

Applications for Federal Aid may be filed anytime during the school year; however, the results must be received before the last date of attendance. February 1 is the priority deadline. Other applications will be processed after all required documents are received (as long as the file is complete before the last date of attendance.) See the Lee University Catalog for more information.

Results are typically received within three to five business days after a student submits a completed online FAFSA.

Yes, however, if you are in the Department of Education’s computer system prior to October before the application academic year, then you should receive a Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Renewal FAFSA has the student’s demographic data i.e. name, social security number, date of birth etc. See the Lee University Catalog for more information.

The Department of Education selects approximately one third of the student body to go through the verification process. If your FAFSA has been selected for this review, Lee University has the authority to request copies of certain financial documents from you and, if married, your spouse.

You may get a transcript of your tax return by visiting the IRS Web site at and requesting a transcript OR you may use the IRS Data Retrieval tool by logging into the FAFSA. For more information, see the Forms page on our Web site and view the IRS Tax Transcript tab.

The process typically takes 2-3 weeks depending on when we receive the necessary documents.

Lee University does not have any general scholarships/grants for Graduate students at this time; however, it is recommended that any student interested in additional aid speak with their respective department head concerning any private scholarship opportunities within their respective field.

Grad PLUS is an additional federal Loan that can be applied for at

The Financial Aid Office is located in the Higginbotham Administration Building Room 217.

The doors are open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. We do close for chapel on Tuesday and Thursday. We also close from 12:00 – 1:00 for lunch during summer and school holidays.

First, you must be determined to be federally eligible. A Financial Aid Counselor can determine this from the results of your FAFSA and your Financial Aid award package. Second, you need to contact the Student Employment Office at (423) 614-8699; they will have you complete an application or submit a resume to Third, the Student Employment Office will try to place you in a position suitable to your skills and qualifications. Fourth, the Student Employment Office will try to find an office that is interested in hiring you. That particular office will contact the FAO and advise us as to how many hours a week you will be working. See the Lee University catalog for more information.

When a student has been awarded work-study, a Work Agreement must be signed by the student and the department supervisor before the student may begin working. Tax information such as a W-4 or an I-9 Form listing two official forms of identification (state or federal) are required for first time workers. See the Lee University catalog for more information.

Work-study jobs are normally based on 10 hours per week at minimum wage $7.25. Total award for the year is $2,320. See the Lee University catalog for more information.

No, students receive a paycheck for hours worked. They are encouraged to apply a portion to any outstanding school bill. For more information on student billing, you can contact Student Financial Services.

Yes. Student Financial Services requires a down payment of fifty percent of the school bill to be paid at registration. Financial Aid can be used in place of or as part of the down- payment; however, aid cannot be processed until the student’s file is complete with all required documentation. See the Lee University catalog for more information.

Book vouchers are handled through Student Financial Services. A Book Voucher may be issued when a student has enough financial aid (excluding work-study and loan fees) to completely pay his/her school account and still have a credit balance. For more information, see the Student Financial Services web site.

Your billing statement can be viewed and paid online at Portico, or in person with the Student Financial Services (423) 614-8100 or

Because of the large number of applications turned in at registration, 30 to 60 days should be allowed for processing time. The time may vary depending on the volume of loans.

Federal Direct loans in the amount of 10,250 per semester are available for full time graduate students. Federal Grad PLUS or alternative loans may be used to assist in paying for educational costs not covered by the Direct Unsubsidized loan. For more information, see the Financial Aid Programs offered on the Financial Aid web site.

Repayment begins six months after the student has ceased to be enrolled at least half time. If a student stays enrolled at least half time until graduation then repayment begins six months after graduation. The student will receive Direct Loan Exit Counseling material from Lee University and will receive repayment information from the Department of Education. See the Lee University catalog for more information on repayment.

For more information, you can view this informational video-Repayment: What to Expect.

The first step is going to the Hub. The second step is to go to the Financial Aid Office. Students are required to complete a withdrawal form and complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling on-line (if you borrowed Federal Direct Loans while attending Lee).

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Graduate Enrollment Office

750 Broad Street
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

(423) 614-8691
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Financial Aid Office

(423) 614-8300 or

Fax: (423) 614-8308
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
Tuesday/Thursday - Closed for Chapel 10:30 to 11:30 AM EST


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