November 18, 2021

Dear Chattanooga State Family,
You’ve worked hard this semester. Now, it is time to take a week-long break to reflect on all we have to be grateful for in our lives. When we return, there will be only one week left in the semester to focus and work hard to finish the semester strong.  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! 

Student Spotlight: Riley Collins
Student of the Year Regional Competition Winner: Zennia Nesmith
Registration is Now Open
ChattState’s Literary Journal is Now Accepting Student Submissions
TN Promise Community Service Deadline, December 1
Complete Your FAFSA
Student Resources—We’re Here to Help
Student Life Events and Activities

We are resilient. We are innovative. We are united. We are ChattState.

Rebecca Ashford, Ed.D.

Student Spotlight: Riley Collins

Riley Collins is a full-time student at Chattanooga State, pursing her degree in Art Studio. She works as a Student Tour Guide in the Recruiting and Orientation Office and has her own photography business! Riley joined the Student Tour Guide Team halfway through the semester, but hit the ground running, ready to learn and welcome visitors to Chattanooga State. Riley is a hard worker, dependable, and always has a smile on her face when on campus. Her hobbies, in addition to photography, are drawing, listening to family, and helping people. When asked what her favorite thing about Chattanooga State is, she said it’s the diversity on campus and getting to connect with so many people. It has been a pleasure getting to know Riley and having her work on campus. 

Student of the Year Regional Competition Winner: Zennia Nesmith

Congratulations to Zennia Nesmith for winning the Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Regional Interview competition on November 12th.  Zennia will represent Chattanooga State at the TBR State competition in Nashville on March 29, 2022. 

Registration Is Now Open

Be sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor to get your PIN so that you can register for the courses and times you want. 

ChattState’s Literary Journal is Now Accepting Student Submissions

The Phoenix is now accepting submissions! For those who are unfamiliar, The Phoenix is Chattanooga State's Literary/Art Journal. Founded in 1982, the purpose of The Phoenix is to showcase the best work of Chattanooga State students. We are currently accepting poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, drama, art, and photography, and especially interested in works that explore what it means to live during turmoil, such as we’ve experienced in 2020. Students can submit up to 3 poems, 6 photos or art pieces, and 1,500 words of prose to The submission deadline for this issue is January 31, 2022.  

TN Promise Community Service Deadline, December 1

Attention TN Promise Students! Your community service hours must be completed and submitted by December 1

Complete Your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year, 2022-2023 opened October 1. If you will be enrolling in classes at any school as of July 1st, 2022, you will want to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to have the best chance at any first come, first served scholarships, grants, or loans. Submitting the FAFSA early also gives you a head start on completing any financial aid requirements or determining your financial aid eligibility. Some schools also use the summer semester or period as the start of their financial aid award year, so you will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA for next summer, if you find out that it is needed at whatever school where you plan to enroll. 

 The Federal Student Aid website gives you a lot of information about filling out the FAFSA, and about how financial aid works. For the 2022-2023 year, you will use your 2020 tax and income information for both you and your parent(s) or step-parent(s), if you are under 24 years old, or you and your spouse if you are considered “independent” on the FAFSA by age or special circumstances. If something in your family or financial situation has changed since filing taxes in 2020, and your household income is different, contact the Financial Aid Office after completing the FAFSA (using your 2020 financial information) about possible adjustments to the information in your federal aid application.

Student Resources—We’re Here to Help

  • Tutoring: ChattState offers in-person and virtual tutoring services.  
  • Emergency Aid: The Student Support Center is available to assist students struggling to meet their basic needs. Please use the Wellness Check on TigerWeb to let us know if you need assistance. 
  • Technology Support: Devices (laptops, hotspots, etc.) are available through the College. To request a device, complete the technology request form. Technology will continue to be available for students as long as they remain enrolled. 
  • Support Services: Chattanooga State is dedicated to delivering support services and resources to assist our students. Visit the virtual Student Support Center to learn more about the many services offered.
  • Academic Resources: Visit the Fall 2021 Update page for a listing of academic resources, including links to the Math Center, Andrews Reading and Writing Center, the Testing Center, Kolwyck Library, and more.
  • Student Assistance Library Campus Guide: We now have a Campus Guide for students to provide assistance with eLearn / Virtual Classes / Proctoring / Accessibility / etc.
  • Career Services Center: The Career Services Center is available to provide services online or by phone to Chattanooga State students, alumni, faculty and staff. Services include career counseling & assistance with selecting a major, job search planning, resume writing assistance, interview skills, and more. Visit JOBlink to view job and internship opportunities. To schedule an appointment for any service, please call 423-697-4421 or email The Career Services Virtual Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Food: The Tiger Cupboard provides supplemental food and other necessities for students in need.
  • Tennessee Board of Regents Student Resources: We know that the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has been causing a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety, and stress for students across Tennessee. Please know that you are not alone.
  • Ride CARTA for Free: Chattanooga State students may ride CARTA for free with a valid ChattState ID through August 31, 2022. This agreement covers all routes.

Student Life Events and Activities

All students are welcome to join! Check out your Student Life Calendar of Events—we have lots of events scheduled—join us!