Tennessee Promise

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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!

If you are not eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, you may be eligible for other financial aid! Tuition and mandatory fees might be covered by other scholarships or financial aid funding.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 731-286-3350 or financialaid@dscc.edu to determine your financial aid eligibility.


Contact Information:

Micki Poe
Financial Aid
Tracie Keith
Enrollment Services

High School Class of 2022 Seniors - The TN Promise Application is open now!

  • Start Now! Submit your application by registering on the TSAC Student Portal.  
  • October 1, 2021: Submit your free 2022-2023 FAFSA.
  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022: Attend a mandatory meeting coordinated by your assigned partnering organization. Details about the mandatory meeting requirements will be provided to applicants following the application deadline in the fall.
  • September 1, 2021: Apply to DSCC for the upcoming fall 2022 semester.
  • July 1, 2022: Complete and submit 8 hours of community service here. Community service must be completed on or after November 2, 2021 in order to be considered.
  • Fall 2022: If selected, provide requested documentation to complete FAFSA verification.

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 beginning 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.

Visit www.tn.gov/tnpromise to view the TN Promise Student Checklist and other information regarding the scholarship.


Students can request a leave of absence for non-continuous enrollment. Requests for a leave of absence need to be submitted by the appeal priority deadlines of July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer semesters. To complete a leave of absence request, complete the TN Promise appeal form.