TN Promise Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to December 1

TN Promise Deadline Nov 1

Tennessee Promise provides Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and mandatory fees. Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program.

The application deadline for Summer/Fall 2021 has been extended to December 1, 2020.

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It will provide students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the College System of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology.  

While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. 

Who is eligible?

  • Tennessee resident
  • Graduate from eligible TN high school or home school program, or, prior to 19 years of age, obtain GED or HiSET diploma

What are the initial requirements for Tennessee Promise?

  • Complete the Tennessee Promise application
  • Apply for admissions and enroll in an eligible community college or college of applied technology
  • Work with an assigned mentor
  • Meet all deadlines and requirements
  • Begin college the fall after graduation
  • Attend full-time

What fees are covered by the Tennessee Promise?

  • Maintenance Fee
  • Student Activity Fee
  • Technology Access Fee
  • Program Services Fee
  • International Education Fee (waived for the 2020-2021 academic year)

What are the requirements for keeping Tennessee Promise?

In order to keep Tennessee Promise, students must meet all deadlines and requirements, including the following:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment with a minimum of 12 hours per semester.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete eight hours of community service prior to each semester of enrollment.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.