Tennessee Promise


Tennessee Promise Implementation Timeline

Spring/Summer 2014

County mayors receive information about Tennessee Promise and will select a local partnering organization to administer the program in their county. There are college access programs already in existence across the state that meet eligibility requirements to be Tennessee Promise partnering organizations.

*If a county does not already have an established, eligible partnering organization willing to serve as its Tennessee Promise partnering organization, it may choose to designate tnAchieves, a 501(c)3 already in 27 Tennessee counties, to operate as its partnering organization. tnAchieves is ready to expand to counties in need of a partnering organization to administer Tennessee Promise. tnAchieves will not require any operational funds from the county, as it is self-funded through private donations. County mayors interested in having tnAchieves as their county’s partnering organization should notify the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC).

Summer/Fall 2014

Partnering organizations establish local Tennessee Promise advisory councils and meet with high school counselors to ensure that staff at every high school in the state knows about Tennessee Promise. Additionally, partnering organizations will visit high schools and attend college fairs to inform students of all program requirements and deadlines as well as help them understand the last-dollar component and the eligible post-secondary institutions.

Fall 2014

High school seniors complete an application through TSAC to be part of the Tennessee Promise. Partnering organizations will work with students to ensure they understand all eligibility requirements for the program (i.e., mandatory meetings with mentors, FAFSA deadlines, etc.).

Spring 2015

Students must submit a FAFSA application and meet all other Tennessee Promise requirements. At this point, students in the program will have an assigned mentor helping them meet admissions, financial aid, and other deadlines.

Summer/Fall 2015

Partnering organizations work with eligible post-secondary institutions to provide and collect student data in order to ensure students meeting all requirements will receive Tennessee Promise funding. TSAC will provide last-dollar scholarships directly to institutions to cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees.

Fall 2015

The inaugural class of Tennessee Promise students enrolls at eligible post-secondary institutions, and each student completes eight hours of community service per term enrolled in the program.

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