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Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in you and your future. We believe students shouldn't be barred from a quality education because of limited resources. Our financial aid specialists will make every possible effort to provide you with the maximum amount of assistance.


More than 85% of TWU students receive some form of aid, including work study programs and a large variety of scholarships.


Grants and gifts received by the college through the generosity of the United Methodist Church, foundations, friends, alumni and others help to reduce the difference between the actual costs of providing a quality education and the tuition charged. Use the True Cost Calculator to estimate your actual cost. 


Our student financial services team works to make it possible for students to receive a Tennessee Wesleyan education without taking on a large financial burden. Altogether, we distribute more than $11 million a year in institutional aid to qualified students.


Meet the Team

Lacey Weese is the Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services. Lacey graduated in 2008 from Tennessee Wesleyan with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Accounting and Finance and then went on to get her Master of Accountancy degree from Golden Gate University in 2011. Lacey started working in 2008 as the Student Accounts Manager at TWU and later became the Director of Financial Aid in 2014. She has now come full circle and is over both areas. As a graduate, Lacey understands the needs of TWU students and parents and cannot wait to help you realize your dream of obtaining your degree from Tennessee Wesleyan!
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Stefanie Lones graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Learning (Education with an emphasis in K-4) and Church Vocations with an emphasis in Church Business Management and a minor in Psychology.  She received her Master of Science degree in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Leadership from Capella University in 2011.  Stefanie began working in the Financial Aid office at Tennessee Wesleyan in 2001 and is currently the Associate Director of Financial Aid.   Stefanie has a passion for helping students with their financial aid so they can finish their education and better their future.
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Ariel Forbes is the Financial Aid Counselor in Student Financial Services. She graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2020 and joined the full-time staff a month later. She is no stranger to Student Financial Services, though, as she served in the office as a student worker for the majority of her academic career. Ariel loves questions, and she's happy to help you figure out your future at TWU!
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Cynthia Ballard is the Student Financial Services Cashier. She is a 2019 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She started part-time as an Administrative Assistant in the Social Work Department. After graduating, she began working full-time in Student Financial Services. She is excited about being a part of students pursuing their future and achieving their goals, and looks forward to helping students and answering questions about TWU. 
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Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, the following Code of Conduct was written in respect to the Title IV Stafford Loan program. Financial Aid employees are held to the following standards:

1. Prohibited from conflicts of interest in respect to loans.
2. Prohibited from revenue sharing arrangements with any lender.
3. Prohibited from the soliciting or accepting of gifts from a lender, guarantor, or servicer. Gifts include an "gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or any other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimus amount," including services, transportation, lodging, and meals. A gift does not include the following:

Standard materials, activities, or programs related to a loan being provided.

Food, refreshments, training, or informational materials provided as part of a training session conducted by the lender in order for the institution to improve services.

Favorable terms, conditions, or borrower benefits provided to a student employed by the institution if comparable terms are provided to all students of the institution.

Entrance and Exit Counseling services provided to borrowers as long as a covered institution's staff is in control of the counseling and the counseling does not promote one specific lender.

Philanthropic contributions to an institution unrelated to education loans.

State education grants, scholarships, or financial aid funds.

4. Prohibited from receipt of any fees, payments, or any other financial benefits for consulting services by anyone with responsibilities in respect to education loans.
5. Prohibited from assigning first-time borrower's loans to a particular lender and not delaying certification of any loan regardless of the lender or guaranty agency the borrower selects.
6. Prohibited from accepting any funds to be used for private education loans in exchange for the institution providing concessions to the private lender.

 In general, Tennessee Wesleyan University Financial Aid employees hold themselves to the following standards:

Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.

Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation , or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.

Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.

Disclose of his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.