Tennessee Promise (TN Promise)
The Tennessee Promise provides Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend Southwest Tennessee Community College tuition free. Students must meet all Southwest and tnAchieves deadlines in order to receive the Tennessee Promise Scholarship. On our website, you will find instructions and resources on how to apply for, receive, and keep your Tennessee Promise Scholarship.
Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. 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 state student assistance funds. 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 assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight (8) hours of community service each semester they are enrolled, as well as maintain a 2.0 GPA at their institution.
High School seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two (2) years of tuition-free starting in November of each year.
High School Senior Class Requirements
In order for current Tennessee high school seniors to participate in the program, they must meet the following requirements and deadlines:
- Apply for the Tennessee Promise by November 1, of each calender year, at TNPromise.gov
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Southwest application
- Attend first mandatory meeting coordinated by your partnering organization (meeting dates)
- Attend second mandatory meeting coordinated by your partnering organization (meeting dates)
- Upon receiving your admissions letter, log into the My.Southwest student portal and view and complete all Financial Aid student requirements. Failure to submit all financial aid requirements will result in the delay or loss of the TN Promise Scholarship.
- Complete and report your first eight (8) hours of community service by July 1 of each calendar year to tnAchieves.
Current Southwest Tennessee Promise Students
In order for current Southwest TN Promise students to maintain their Promise scholarship, they must meet the following requirements and deadlines:
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Complete and report eight (8) hours of community service by July 1 for Fall, by December 1 for Spring, and by April 1 for Summer
- Complete the FAFSA between October 1 and January 17 every year
- Continue to review and submit/complete financial aid requirements as requested in the My.Southwest student portal by selecting the student dashboard tab.
- Enroll in a minimum 12 or more credit hours each semester
- Do not drop below 12 credit hours without first consulting your advisor. Failure to maintain 12 credit hours will likely result in the loss of your Tennessee Promise scholarship.
Note: The TN Promise can also cover the cost of a student's summer classes; however, a student must complete and report eight (8) hours of community service by July 1. Students must also be enrolled full-time during the summer term in order to receive Tennessee Promise funds for the summer semester.