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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 1, 2017.  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 1, 2017

Apply to the Tennessee Promise program at

By January 16, 2018

File the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Attend a mandatory meeting coordinated by your assigned partnering organization. Additional details will be sent in the future regarding these meetings.

Find your meeting date by high school

Spring 2018

Apply to Pellissippi State Community College

By July 1, 2018

Complete and report your first 8 hours of community service.

By August 1, 2017

Complete FAFSA verification.

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, 2018.