Welcome students! The State of Tennessee has developed a wide array of resources to help you get to college and succeed once you're there. We encourage you to check out all of the resources available to you on CollegeforTN.org, Tennessee's one-stop college information web portal.
Below, we also have some additional resources that we hope will be helpful in your search for college knowledge and that they assist you in your college trajectory.
Next Guide: A Guidebook for Tennessee Seniors Class of 2021
Next Guide: A Guidebook for Tennessee Sophomores Class of 2023
Resources from Federal Student Aid/FAFSA
- Official FAFSA Website
- Federal Student Aid Website (Federal Student Aid is the official office that handles the FAFSA and all federal aid)
- Why Go to College? (printable PDF)
- The Benefits of College (infographic)
- Financial Aid Glossary and Terms (on the Federal Student Aid website)
- Financial Aid Checklist (printable PDF)
- College Preparation Checklist (printable PDF)
- Federal Student Aid at a Glance (printable PDF)
- Funding Your Education (printable PDF)
- The Financial Aid Process (infographic)
Additional College-Going Resources from the State of Tennessee
CollegePaysTN is the financial aid website for the State of Tennessee. Administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, CollegePaysTN has all of the information you need about Tennessee student aid, including state-based scholarships and grants, such as the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). You can also find the Tennessee Student Financial Aid Portal through College Pays; the Portal is where you can find personalized information about your financial aid status for state-based funds, such as the Dual Enrollment Grant, the HOPE scholarship, and Tennessee Promise.
Tennessee Promise is a financial aid program offering Tennessee high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college beginning with the Class of 2015. The program provides eligible students a last-dollar scholarship. While removing students’ financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor as the student enters higher education. Local partnering organizations will ensure that all Tennessee Promise students have a mentor.
Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. Through the Tennessee Reconnect grant, adults may attend a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) free of tuition and mandatory fees.