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About Path to College Events

Sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Path to College events are designed to help promote a college-going culture in elementary, middle, and high schools and provide increased insight to the college-going process as students approach high school graduation. Last year, 984 Tennessee schools participated. Path to College events also provide students with the opportunity to master a variety of the TN School Counseling standards. A crosswalk is available here.

Materials Registration

Path to College Materials Registration for 2021/2022 runs through August 18, 2021. Registration for the 2022/2023 school year will be available in the spring of 2022. Register your school here.

TN Path to College Events

TN Path to College Events are made up of the following four events:

TN College Application and Exploration Month: Scheduled for the entire month of September, the goal of this event is to build excitement and knowledge around the college-going process at all grade levels and provide every graduating senior an opportunity to apply to college. 

TN FAFSA Frenzy: Created with the goal of increasing statewide FAFSA-filing rates, TN FAFSA Frenzy is a statewide campaign to encourage and support seniors filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At elementary and middle schools, students can participate in TN FAFSA Frenzy by exploring financial literacy concepts and reviewing the basics of financial aid.

TN College and Career Planning Nights: Originally designed for high school juniors and their parents, this after-school event provides crucial information about college search, application, and financial aid processes. For younger students and parents, college planning includes resources for career exploration and planning for the student’s future.

TN Signing Day: This school wide celebration recognizes and commends seniors in the community that have made the decision to continue their postsecondary education. Elementary and middle schools can get involved by joining the high school celebrations or signing graduation pledges of their own.

TN Path to College School Designation

Schools that host all four Path to College events during the upcoming school year and complete post-event survey by the stated deadlines will be eligible to receive the Path to College school designation. More information and links to the surveys can be found on the Path to College School Designation tab. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Path to College Designation schools!  Check out the award recipients here!