As a senior in a Marshall County School, your student may be eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, which provides two years of tuition-free education at a community college or college of applied technology. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship for tuition and mandatory fees, meaning it will cover costs not met from Pell, TELS, or TSAA. As part of the program, your student will be paired with a partnering organization and mentor who will support them during the college application process. Your student must participate with a partnering organization to access Tennessee Promise dollars.

 

Students can apply here for Tennessee Promise by November 1. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following deadlines:

 

1. Follow this link to apply for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship between August 1 and November 1,

 

2. File the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 16, 2018 at www.fafsa.gov.

 

3. 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.

 

4. Complete and report eight (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, 2018. Partnering organizations can assist students in finding community service opportunities in their area.

 

5. Apply to and enroll in an eligible institution in the fall semester following graduation from high school or completion of GED/HiSET program. Some partnering organizations may encourage students to apply to an eligible college program by February 15, 2018. Though this deadline is not an official requirement, it is highly encouraged.

 

6. If selected for FAFSA verification, provide all documentation as requested by the postsecondary institution.

 

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.

 

Remember, if your student does not complete the Tennessee Promise application and all other requirements, but still chooses to attend a community college, college of applied technology, or two-year program at an eligible four-year institution, he or she will be responsible for all tuition and mandatory fees not covered by other scholarships or financial aid.

CollegeforTN.org

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.

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.

Resources for Parents & Counselors for the Tennessee Promise

Students in Tennessee may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA. 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. High school seniors may apply here.

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.

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