Tennessee Promise is a state-funded scholarship that is given to students for their first two-years of college. Students must begin their post-secondary education the semester following high school at a Tennessee community or technical college in order to be eligible for the TN Promise scholarship. This scholarship allows eligible students to attend college tuition-free for two-years!
What is Tennessee Promise?
Tennessee Promise is an initiative to help students right out of high school enter into a community or technical college to gain new skills and earn their degree or certificate that will help to prepare them to enter the workplace.
The Tennessee Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship that will allow students to attend an eligible institution the semester following their high school graduation free of tuition and mandatory fees. The Tenneessee Promise Scholarship will pay the tuition and mandatory fees on a student's bill after the Federal Pell Grant, Hope Scholarship (TELS), and Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) has been applied. Please see the TN Promise Covered Fees for more informaion regarding what the Tennessee Promise Scholarship will cover.
What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to recieve the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, student must:
- Complete an initial applications by November 1 of their senior year in high school.
- File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1 at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
- Attend meetings. Students are required to attend the first mandatory meeting coordinated by tnAchieves, the second meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.
- Graduate from a Tennessee high school and enroll at an eligible Tennessee community or technical college.
- Complete 8 hours of community service for each semester, including the summer before begining college. Check with tnAchieves for community service options. Complete hours for Fall semester before July 1 each year and for Spring semester before December 1 each year.
- Apply to DSCC and complete all admissions requirements.
- Complete Financial Aid Verification, if applicable.
- Enroll and attend at least 12 credit hours per semester.