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Tennessee Promise

Tuition-Free COLLEGE

If you are a Tennessee high school graduate, or plan to be one, you might be eligible for five college semesters of free tuition. Sound too good to be true? It is a fact with the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

What Tennessee Promise Covers

This is a last-dollar scholarship. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. The scholarship may provide you with the opportunity to attend Motlow tuition-free.

Priority Processing Deadline: June 1

Complete your financial aid requirements by June 1 to receive the Tennessee Promise before the school semester begins.

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Summer 2021 Update

Eligible TN Promise students can enroll part-time for the Summer 2021 semester and remain eligible for the TN Promise Scholarship.

Below are several scenarios that students may face this Summer 2021 term and whether the student will need to complete a TN Promise appeal form.

Submit an Appeal

  • Students who drop from full-time (12+ credit hours) to part-time/less than part-time (1-11 credit hours) during Summer 2021 term
  • Students who drop from part-time (6-11 credit hours) to less than part-time (1-5 credit hours) during Summer 2021 term

No Appeal Needed

  • Students who drop from 9 credit hours to 6 credit hours during Summer 2021 term
  • Students who enroll part-time (6-11 credit hours) during this Summer 2021 term and who don’t change their enrollment status (i.e., does not drop any classes)
  • Students who enroll less than part-time (1-5 credit hours) during this Summer 2021 term and who don’t change their enrollment status (i.e., does not drop any classes)

Gap Year Information

Eligibility Criteria

Tennessee Promise now allows for a gap year for TN Promise applicants from the class of 2020 who initially met the following criteria:

  • Submitted an initial application on or before 11/1/19
  • Submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA on or before 2/7/20
  • Did not enroll at any institution in the 2020-2021 academic year

Next Steps

In addition to these criteria, students must then meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for a potential award beginning in the fall 2021 semester:

Tennessee Promise Information

OVERVIEW

The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program. It provides you a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA.

A critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance you receive from your mentor. Tennessee Promise students are required to complete eight (8) hours of community service per term enrolled and maintain a 2.0 GPA. You should enroll in and complete at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship.

Who is ELIGIBLE

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship is available to all students who meet all Motlow and tnAchieves deadlines.

  • Must enroll at an eligible Tennessee Promise institution the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Must be a Tennessee resident for at least 12 months
  • Graduate from an eligible Tennessee high school
  • Complete a Tennessee home school program
  • Obtain a GED or HiSET diploma before age 19
  • Be a dependent of Tennessee military parents stationed outside of Tennessee 
  • If TN Promise is lost, students will need a Successful Appeal to have it reinstated

 

Current Tennessee high school seniors must meet the following requirements and deadlines:

  • December 1: Deadline to Complete the TN Promise Application
  • March 15: Deadline to Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • March: Suggested date to complete and submit Motlow State admissions application and submit the following additional Motlow State admissions requirements during senior year of high school:
    • Proof of Citizenship (TN driver's license or birth certificate)
    • Registration for Selective Service (males only)
    • Final High School Transcripts and ACT scores
    • Immunization Health History Form in MyMotlow
  • April - August: Check your Motlow email and MyMotlow account regularly for important information about how to sign up for New Student Orientation, admissions requirements, financial aid requirements, etc
  • By May 31: Watch mandatory webinar from TN Achieves
  • June 1: VERY IMPORTANT - Log into your MyMotlow account student account and have all Motlow financial aid requirements completed by this date. Students who do not complete their Motlow financial aid requirements will not receive ANY financial aid, including TN Promise. Not completing your financial aid student requirements in a timely manner will result in a delay in receiving financial aid, including TN Promise
  • May - August: Sign up for New Student Orientation and register for classes. Tennessee Promise students must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester
  • July 1: Deadline to complete and submit 8 Hours of Community Service online

Current Motlow Tennessee Promise students maintain eligibility by meeting the following requirements and deadlines:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA by the end of each summer term
  • Complete 8 hours of community service: by July 1 for Fall, by December 1 for Spring, and by April 1 for Summer, and submit proof
  • Complete the FAFSA between October 1 and February 1 every year and continue to complete the Motlow State financial aid requirements by June 1
  • Enroll in and complete at least 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester

TN Promise can also cover the cost of one summer of classes (five total semesters). However, you must complete eight (8) hours of community service by April 1 and be enrolled full-time

 

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