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High school seniors in Tennessee may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not met by Pell, Hope or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization, provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process, and complete the community service requirement.
For scholarship eligibility, students must meet the following deadlines and requirements:
- Follow this link to apply for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship by November 2, 2020. Application opens on August 1, 2020.
- File the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2021 at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA will be available beginning October 1, 2020.
- Attend a mandatory meeting led by the local partnering organization. Failure to attend the mandatory meeting will result in loss of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. Follow this link to find your meeting date by high school. The meeting schedule for tnAchieves student's will be available in the fall.
- Complete and submit 8 hours of community service for each semester to maintain eligibility for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. The initial community service must be completed and submitted by July 1, 2021. Partnering organizations will assist students in finding community service opportunities in their area.
- Apply to and enroll in an eligible institution. Some partnering organizations may ask students to apply to an eligible college program by February 15, 2020. Though this deadline is not an official requirement, it is highly encouraged.
- If selected, provide all requested documentation to complete the process of FAFSA verification.
Once in the program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at a community college or four-year institution (or satisfactory academic progress at a TCAT), complete and report eight (8) hours of community service before the start of each term enrolled, and file the FAFSA by the required deadline each year. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or university once enrollment is confirmed.
It cannot be emphasized enough that each phase of the Tennessee Promise will require students to complete their requirements, and failure to do so will result in loss of the Scholarship.
CollegeforTN.org is a website offering an array of resources for students interested in learning about higher education. From getting college advice to career planning, students use this website to help them navigate the college-going process.
Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible for the Tennessee Promise. The FAFSA is required for a student to qualify for any governmental financial aid for higher education.
Tennessee has 13 community colleges located across the state, with multiple satellite campuses. These colleges offer two-year associate’s degrees and other certification programs.
Tennessee has 27 colleges of applied technology located across the state, which provide technical training for workers to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in the job market. Students completing a program at a TCAT can receive certificates and industry certifications.
TSAC is a state agency that provides financial assistance for postsecondary educational opportunities to Tennessee residents and other students who have established eligibility in accordance with program guidelines. TSAC administers Tennessee Promise with assistance from the partnering organizations.
Tennessee Transfer Pathways are advising tools designed to help community college students plan to transfer to a Tennessee public or private four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. Tennessee Transfer Pathways constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges and universities to assure that community college courses will transfer seamlessly and meet major preparation requirements.
Fall 2016 marks the first time the FAFSA will be available starting October 1. High schools and colleges across the state will be hosting TN FAFSA Frenzy events to provide support to students and families completing the FAFSA. Check out TNFAFSAFrenzy.gov to find FAFSA resources as well as information about FAFSA events across state.