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TN Promise Scholarship

High School Class of 2016 Seniors Must Apply by November 2

More about student requirements and deadlines.

TN Promise at NSCC Logo High school Class of 2016 seniors have from August 17–November 2, 2015, to enroll in Tennessee Promise for Fall 2016. The state’s program provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school. It is a last-dollar scholarship to cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds and contains a mentoring component to assist scholarship recipients.

2014-2015 TN Promise Student Handbook (PDF)

The Power of Free Community College
By Nancy Cook, The Atlantic

TN Promise Scholarship Overview

Tennessee Promise offers two years of tuition-free community college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015. Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with a last dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds.

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 a 2.0 GPA at their institution.

Awarding Process
All tuition waivers and discounts for which a student or parent qualifies shall be deducted from the student’s balance before any gift aid or Tennessee Promise award is credited. If the Federal or State financial aid that is awarded is enough to cover the cost of mandatory tuition and fees, the student will not receive the Tennessee Promise award for that semester; however, they will remain eligible as long as they meet the requirements.

Since the Tennessee Promise scholarship covers mandatory tuition and fees, it’s important to remember that this does not include program specific fees, RODP technology access fees, or books/supplies. If the student is only receiving an award from Tennessee Promise, these fees will be out of pocket expenses.

Students must enroll at an eligible postsecondary institution and begin attending the fall semester after high school graduation. Students must be continuously enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship.

More Information
High school seniors can apply for Tennessee Promise during their senior year. High school seniors can apply online at www.tnpromise.gov. If you are not certain about the deadlines for Tennessee Promise, you can view the “Student Checklist” online at tnpromise.gov/students.shtml.

Students who have applied for the Tennessee Promise scholarship can view more information concerning Tennessee Promise at tnachieves.org/whats-next.

Checklist for Applying for TN Promise Scholarship

Checklist for Applying Printable PDF

High School Class of 2016 Seniors: Apply Aug. 7–Nov. 2
Deadline for Applying is November 2, 2015
More about student requirements and deadlines.

Step 1. Go to TnPromise.gov and Click “Apply Now”

Step 2. Create TSAC Login; Write Down Answers to Challenge Questions

    If you've taken Dual Enrollment classes, you already have a login.
    For assistance with the login process, call 800-342-1663.
Step 3. Select “Click Here to Log In”

Step 4. Enter Username and Click “Log In”

Step 5. Answer Challenge Questions and Click “Continue”

Step 6. Enter Password and Click “Log In”

Step 7. Click “Apply for Scholarships”

Step 8. Select “Tennessee Promise Application”

Step 9. Read and Click “I Agree”

Step 10. Answer Any Remaining Unanswered Questions

Step 11. Choose Nashville State as Institution

Step 12. Select your Student Type, HS, Graduation Date

Step 13. Click “Continue” and You’re In!

Step 14. Click “OK” to Print or Save App.

Finished? Now Apply to Nashville State

Step 1. Apply for Admission to Nashville State here.

Step 2. Fill out your FAFSA here.

Step 3. Visit tnpromise.gov to learn more.

TN Promise at Nashville State

Tennessee Promise at Nashville State Video

The first group of TN Promise students started college this fall semester. TN Governor Bill Haslam visited Nashville State's main campus on the first day of Fall 2015 classes to talk with these students. In July, many of the students participated in the Summer Bridge program to get a jump start on being successful.



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