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Advising - Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program that covers community college tuition and fees for graduating high school seniors. Students who participate in the program are paired with mentors and must be enrolled in an associate degree program full-time (at least 12 credit hours). Tennessee Promise students also must complete and submit 8 hours of community service each semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA. If you fail to meet any of these requirements by the deadline, you will lose the Tennessee Promise scholarship.


Complete PAWS to help you learn about your occupational personality.

Purposeful Advising With Students (PAWS) is a module designed to help you choose a career goal that matches your interests. When it directs you to take an assessment, be sure to take the 60 question version in order to get the best results. PAWS must be completed before meeting with an academic advisor. They will ask you about your results and provide resources for additional exploration.


Meet with an academic advisor.

Tennessee Promise students are required to meet with an advisor before registering for classes. To schedule an appointment, log in to myPellissippi and check for the “Ready to Register” alert. Contact the advising office at your campus.


When you meet with an academic advisor, you will discuss the type of degree you wish to earn and what you intend to do with it — like transferring to another college or joining the workforce. Your advisor can help you select the correct classes plus special options that may be available, like weekend or evening classes or degrees offered as part of a cohort. Be prepared by researching this information:


Decide if you’re a Career or a Transfer Program student.

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Get familiar with all of our Career and Transfer pathway options.

  • Transfer Guides are special agreements with specific higher education institutions that we’ve worked out for you to make transferring credits easier. If your degree program has a Transfer Guide, you can transfer your credits seamlessly to that other institution.

  • Tennessee Transfer Pathways are a type of transfer program. Specifically, you can transfer TTP concentrations (and there are lots) to any other Tennessee Board of Regents institution, public state university or University of Tennessee institution.

  • Loading... are flexible transfer paths that let you take the classes that will fit your intended major at another institution. This is a great deal, but there’s important fine print — you are responsible for ensuring that all the credits you choose to take will transfer and are appropriate for your major. We’re happy to help you, but the responsibility is yours.

  • Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association pathways help you seamlessly transfer credits to private or independent four-year institutions in Tennessee. TICUA pathways might be fully transferable or transferable with modifications.


Decide how you want to take your classes.

We not only have traditional class times during the day, we have lots of options to fit your schedule and your preferences: evening classes, weekend classes, online classes and even hybrid classes, which are offered partially online and partially on-campus.

Find out more about each option:
Evening Classes
Weekend Classes
Online Classes


Determine if you fall into a special student population.

Do you want to be a teacher?

If you’re an education student, you have special advising requirements. All education students — in our Associate of Science in Teaching, Early Childhood Education and General Transfer Degree programs — go to one place for advising. Contact Cindy Sauer for all the details.

Do you want to be a registered nurse?

To enter Pellissippi State’s Nursing program, you must apply to the competitive program after you’ve been accepted to Pellissippi State. Additionally, Nursing students have unique advising requirements once they're accepted into the program. Most students must complete pre-nursing prerequisite courses before they apply for the Nursing program. Speak to an advisor for more details.

Are you interested in a cohort pathway?

Some Transfer degree programs are offered as Guided Pathway Cohorts, which means they are block-scheduled.

If you’re a cohort student, you have special advising requirements. All cohort students go to one place for advising. Contact Celeste Evans for all the details.


Register for classes.

When you meet with an advisor, he or she will help you to register for classes in myPellissippi. Once you’re registered for classes, remember to confirm your schedule and pay any fees before the appropriate deadline each semester.

Everyone must confirm their attendance. Even if you receive financial aid that covers tuition and fees you must confirm your schedule, or it will be deleted.


Maintain Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise students are required to complete community service for each semester they attend college. If you do not complete and submit community service hours to tnachieves.org by the deadline, you will lose Tennessee Promise. Deadlines are specific for each semester:

  • Fall Semester — July 1
  • Spring Semester — December 1
  • Summer Semester (eligible for TN Promise funding for full-time students only) — April 1

Tennessee Promise students must maintain a full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours) and a 2.0 GPA. If you withdraw from class, or simply stop attending class, and drop below 12 credit hours, you will lose Tennessee Promise. Any other financial aid you may receive could also be affected.

Always talk to Financial Aid before you withdraw from or stop attending a class.

If your enrollment drops below full-time, or if you have an official or unofficial withdrawal date due to a documented personal hardship or medical reason, you may submit an appeal to keep Tennessee Promise to the Institutional Review Panel. A dependent or independent student whose appeal is based on financial reasons must provide all supporting documentation attributable to the student. A student cannot appeal for missing the GPA requirement. To appeal, students must submit an appeal form in myPellissippi and provide professional documentation that supports their appeal. If documentation is not provided, your appeal will be denied.

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