Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act
Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act
Approved in fall 2012, this new Tennessee law applies to students interested in enrolling at a college or university within the State of Tennessee. Students who wish to receive any form of state or federal benefits must provide documentation that proves they are eligible for those benefits. The types of benefits that are directly impacted include, but are not limited to: in-state tuition, Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarships, state-funded waivers and scholarships, Academic Common Market tuition benefits, and financial aid packages that make Southwest more affordable. State benefits do not include privately funded tuition assistance such as those supported through Southwest's Foundation or another private endowed scholarship. This law applies to all levels of collegiate study (undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools) and applies to both Tennessee residents and non-residents.
Satisfying the Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) can be accomplished in many ways. See the list of options below. The need to verify your eligibility does not affect your admissibility to Southwest, but it can play a significant role in determining your tuition.
The following documents satisfy this requirement:
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - preferred
- A valid state issued driver's license or photo identification license (except for Utah and New Mexico)
- An official birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory, except for Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010
- A U.S. government-issued certified birth certificate
- A valid, unexpired U.S. passport
- A U.S. certificate of birth abroad (DS-1350 or FS-545)
- A report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S. (FS-240)
- A certificate of citizenship (N560 or N561)
- A certificate of naturalization (N550, N570, or N578) or U.S. citizen identification card (I-197, I-179)
Please submit one of these documents to the Admissions and Records Office.
If you have questions, feel free to email Admissions or call 901-333-5924.