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Tennessee Promise


The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015.  It will provide 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).

Need To Change Your TN Promise School To Pellissippi State?

You may change the school via the TSAC Student Portal. You may also print the TELS Change of Institution Form (PDF) and fax to the number provided. For assistance, please call TSAC at 800-342-1663.

Program Requirements

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

November 1, 2014 Apply to the Tennessee Promise program at
February 15, 2015 Apply to Pellissippi State Community College (
February 15, 2015 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
By March 1, 2015 Attend first mandatory meeting coordinated by tnAchieves (
By May 31, 2015 Attend second mandatory meeting.
June 30, 2015 Complete FAFSA verification.
Before start of term Complete eight (8) hours of community service by the first day of class.

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 February 15 every year they are in the program.

Fees Covered and NOT Covered by TNPromise

Fees Covered by TNPromise

Fee Cost

Maintenance Fee

$147 credit hour


$8/five credit hours

Technology Access

$112.50 semester

Campus Access Fee

$13 semester

Sustainable Campus Fee

$10 semester

International Education


Fees NOT Covered by TNPromise

Applied Music

$55 credit hour

Credit for Exp. Learn No Group Ctrt

$15 hour ($90 max)/$45 assessment





Culinary Arts Fee

$725/credit hour

Nursing Specialized Academic Course Fee