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Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise


Finances and the lack of support are two major barriers to higher education in Tennessee.
With the Tennessee Promise, Roane State is breaking down those barriers.


What is the Tennessee Promise?

  • It’s a life-changing scholarship program, because the Tennessee Promise offers two-years of tuition-free education at a community college or Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • It’s a mentoring program, because students who sign up for the Tennessee Promise will be assigned a mentor to guide them through applying to college, getting financial aid, registering for classes and succeeding in their courses
  • It’s a service and success program, because students who accept the Tennessee Promise will be required to complete eight hours of community service each semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA

How does the scholarship work?

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship. That means it will cover tuition and mandatory fees that are leftover after the Pell Grant, Hope Scholarship and Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) have been applied to to your account.

  • Mandatory fees are fees that all students must pay, regardless of the courses they choose. Tennessee Promise will pay for mandatory fees. 
  • Tennessee Promise will not pay for course-specific fees. Some courses include extra charges. For example, a chemistry class may include a laboratory fee. A physical education class may include a fee for gym membership. A health sciences class may include a fee for lab coats, goggles and latex gloves. These course-specific fees are not covered by Tennessee Promise.

Who is eligible for the scholarship?

Any senior who graduates from an eligible Tennessee high school or home school program and anyone who completes a GED or HiSET diploma before age 19 years of age can apply for funds. Tennessee Promise students who graduate from high school in spring 2016 must begin college in fall 2016 to receive funding.

Mentors needed

Mentors are crucial to the success of Tennessee Promise students. Roane State is working with tnAchieves to find and train mentors.

Apply today to become a mentor

How do students get the scholarship?

To receive the Tennessee Promise scholarships, students must:

How do students keep the scholarship?

To keep their Tennessee Promise scholarship, students must:

  1. Remain enrolled as full-time (12 hours or more) for up to five consecutive semesters
  2. Maintain a 2.0 grade-point average
  3. Continue to work with their mentor
  4. Complete eight hours of community service per semester
Semester Deadline Timeframe for Completing Hours
Spring Dec. 1 Aug. 2. - Dec. 1
Fall Aug. 1 Dec. 2 - Aug. 1
  1. Re-file FAFSA by February 15 every year

How will students receive the scholarship?

Tennessee Promise funds will be administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation through higher education institutions. Students will never receive funding directly.

Interested in Roane State?

Mentors needed

Mentors are crucial to the success of Tennessee Promise students. Roane State is working with tnAchieves to find and train mentors.

Apply today to become a mentor

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276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748-5011

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