Seniors 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 both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.
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. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.
The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) is the administrative agency for the Tennessee Promise program, working in partnership with local, non-profit partnering organizations that coordinate the mentoring and community service component. Once a student applies to the Tennessee Promise program, his or her respective partnering organization is responsible for coordinating regarding program requirements, mentorship connections, and determining if a student remains eligible for the Promise.
The following partnering organizations will work with students across the state: