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Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program which covers community college tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors. Students who participate in the program are paired with mentors and must complete 8 hours of community service each semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

If you’re a current high school student interested in using Tennessee Promise to attend Pellissippi State, your steps to enrollment are pretty simple — but you have to start early.

Visit our Tennessee Promise website for more information.



1. In fall of your senior year of high school, you must apply for Tennessee Promise at

The application deadline for the scholarship program is in November of your senior year. If you miss this deadline, you won’t get another opportunity to take advantage of Tennessee Promise.



2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by January 17 of your senior year. Be sure to list Pellissippi State as your chosen college.

Just a note: when you file the FAFSA, you may be randomly selected by the Department of Education for verification. If this happens, the DOE requires Pellissippi State to verify the financial information you submitted. After you submit the FAFSA, if you’ve been selected for verification, Pellissippi State will notify you through your myPellissippi account. If you are selected for verification, submit any additional paperwork as soon as you can so that your financial aid is not delayed.


3. When you file the FAFSA, also apply to attend Pellissippi State.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide

After applying, you will receive an email with instructions for how to access myPellissippi. Be sure to check your myPellissippi regularly for updates. 

Application deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar in the current College Catalog.


4. Attend the first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting at your high school.


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5. Attend the second mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting at your high school.



6. RSVP to attend a New Student Orientation at Pellissippi State. Be sure to select a Tennessee Promise session.

7. Schedule an advising appointment and register for classes.

8. Confirm your attendance and pay any outstanding fees.


9. Complete and report your first 8 hours of community service by the appropriate deadline of your college freshman semester.