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Tennessee Promise

TN Promise logoThe Tennessee Promise provides Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community college free of tuition and fees.

Please pay attention to the Tennessee Promise deadlines. You must apply to participate by November 2, 2015.  If you miss this deadline, you will not get another opportunity to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise.


The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will provide guidance and assistance as the student enters higher education. In addition, students will be required to complete eight (8) hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA).

Program Requirements

In order for students to participate in the program, they must meet several requirements and deadlines:

By November 2, 2015

Apply to the Tennessee Promise program at

Spring 2016

Apply to Pellissippi State Community College (

By February 22, 2016

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

By February 15, 2016

Attend first mandatory meeting coordinated by partnering organization.

By April 15, 2016

Attend second mandatory meeting coordinated by partnering organization.

By August 1, 2016

Complete FAFSA verification.

By August 1, 2016

Complete eight (8) hours of community service.

Once in the program, students must do the following to retain their scholarship:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (at a community college that is the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA).
  • Complete eight (8) hours of community service per term enrolled, to be completed before the start of the term.
  • Complete the FAFSA by the February deadline every year they are in the program.
  • Complete the renewal application on by July 1, 2016.