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 for Tennessee Promise by November 2 at www.TNPromise.gov. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following deadlines:

1. Apply by November 2. Your student can apply for Tennessee Promise at www.TNPromise.gov.

2.  File the 2016-2017 FAFSA by February 15. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 at www.fafsa.gov. For families who have not yet filed taxes for the prior year, estimates can be used on the FAFSA and updated once taxes have been filed.

3.  Attend mandatory meetings set by the partnering organization in the spring. The first meeting will likely take place in January, February, or March and the second meeting will likely take place in March, April, or May. Your student will be required to attend both mandatory meetings coordinated by [insert mentoring organization name: tnAchieves/Ayers Foundation/REDI]. The meetings will be held at the high school.

4.  Your student will need to complete 8 hours of community service for each semester they receive Tennessee Promise funding, including prior to his or her first semester. The deadline for the first 8 hours of community service is August 1. (May 1 community service deadline for students enrolling at a TCAT the summer after high school graduation.)

5.  Apply to and register for classes at an eligible program. Before the fall semester begins, your student must apply to a community college, college of applied technology, or eligible program at a four-year institution. Some partnering organizations may ask students to apply to an eligible college program by February 15. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the school once his or her enrollment is confirmed.

Some students may also be asked to verify their FAFSA information. If a student is asked for verification, he or she should provide the necessary documentation to allow the institution to complete verification by August 1st to ensure timely receipt of funds.

For more information on Tennessee Promise and to apply, please visit www.TNPromise.gov.

 

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

Beginning with the Class of 2015, 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 for the Tennessee Promise scholarship before November 1, 2014.

Parents

STUDENT CHECKLIST

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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