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High school seniors in Tennessee may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide for 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 costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from Pell, HOPE, or state grant awards. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization and provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

High school seniors can apply for Tennessee Promise here between August 1 and November 1, 2016.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following deadlines and requirements:

Once in the program, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA at a community college), complete 8 hours of community service before the start of each term enrolled, and file the FAFSA by required deadline each year. Scholarship funds will be given directly to the school once his or her 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.

Materials for Counselors

Updates and Changes to Tennessee Promise as of October 1, 2015

Updates and Changes to Tennessee Promise as of September 19, 2014

Tennessee Promise School Resource Guide

Student Roster Template

Communication Template for Students

Communication Template for Parents

Useful Links 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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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 Community Colleges

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 Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT)

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.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC)

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 Pathway

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 to find FAFSA resources as well as information about FAFSA events across state.

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