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Tennessee Promise

Beginning with the Class of 2015, the Tennessee Promise will provide Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and fees.

Please pay attention to the Tennessee Promise deadlines. You must apply to participate by November 1, 2014.  If you miss this deadline, you will not get another opportunity to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise.

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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).

Information Sessions at Pellissippi State

To help prepare students and parents take advantage of the Tennessee Promise, Pellissippi State is holding several information sessions. Each of the sessions below will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

All sessions held on the Hardin Valley Campus will be in the Goins Auditorium.

Monday, Sept. 8 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, Sept. 15 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, Sept. 22 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, Sept. 29 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, October 6 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, October 13 – Hardin Valley Campus
Monday, October 27 – Hardin Valley Campus

Additional sessions at our other campuses:

Thursday, Sept. 11 – Strawberry Plains - Lobby
Thursday, Sept. 18 – Blount County – Auditorium
Thursday, Sept. 25 – Division Street – Educational Resources Center (ERC)
Thursday, October 2 – Magnolia
Thursday, October 9 – Blount County - Auditorium
Thursday, October 16 – Division Street- Educational Resources Center (ERC)
Monday, October 20 – Magnolia
Thursday, October 30 – Strawberry Plains - Lobby

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.