Nashville GRAD

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Be A Nashville Grad
Be A Nashville Grad

We know that completing college can be a tough task, especially for students who already work hard to cope with many responsibilities while earning their degrees. And we want to help.

The Nashville GRAD program provides eligible students with financial and academic support while pursuing a full-time education at Nashville State. We will give you the support you need to complete your degree.

What You'll Get

  • Textbook assistance to reduce (or eliminate) costs with textbooks
  • At least $50 per month for Transportation costs
  • Financial support to pay for necessary tools and equipment*
  • Coverage for industry certification fees*
  • Special class scheduling, allowing you to create a schedule that fits your availability
  • Dedicated career development support services
  • Advisor support and personalized guidance to help you succeed at Nashville State
  • The chance to build a strong network by taking classes with other Nashville GRAD students

*applicable to certain courses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enroll full-time at Nashville State Community College in an Associate Degree or Technical Certificate program*
  • Reside full-time in Davidson County one year prior to completing the FAFSA
  • Not have previously earned an associate's or baccalaureate degree, and have less than 15 credits prior to applying to the program

*Some exclusions may apply based upon math placement and degree program. Contact a Student Success Advisor or for more information.

How to Join

  • Be fully admitted to Nashville State
  • Complete FAFSA
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Attend an Information Session
  • Meet with a Student Success Advisor
  • Sign NashGRAD contract*

*Get ahead of the game! Submit your contract by scanning and emailing it to or by faxing to (615) 353-3376. Once reviewed, a Student Success Advisor will contact you regarding eligibility and next steps.

To maintain eligibility, students must:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the FAFSA each year
  • Maintain eligibility for TN Promise or TN Reconnect, if applicable
  • Participate in Nashville GRAD's academic and personal success initiatives

Download the Nashville GRAD Fact Sheet (PDF)


(615) 353-3655