Tennessee Promise

TN Promise LogoTennessee Promise is Ready for You at Vol State!

Tennessee Promise is a scholarship and a mentoring program which provides the opportunity for Tennessee high school, home school, and GED graduates to attend a community college free of tuition and fees. Students will be required to complete eight hours of community service prior to each semester they enroll in order to maintain their eligibility, as well as maintaining satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) while enrolled. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance that each student will receive from their assigned mentor.

Who is eligible?

Tennessee residents who graduate from an eligible TN high school or home school, or prior to turning 19 years of age, obtain a GED or HiSET diploma. Those students must enroll and attend full time the fall following their high school graduation.

What do you need to do to stay eligible for TN Promise?

  1. Maintain full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more per semester)
  2. Maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA)
  3. Complete and submit eight hours of community service to TNAchieves prior to the start of each semester of enrollment
  4. Complete the FAFSA each year by January 16th
Tennessee Promise deadlines for 2018 TN Promise Students
Date Action
By November 1 Apply for Tennessee Promise
Fall/Spring Apply for Admission to Volunteer State Community College 
By January 16, 2018 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.  Visit the Financial Aid office for assistance.
Fall/Spring Attend your mandatory team meeting coordinated by TNAchieves
By July 1 Complete and report your first 8 hours of community service to TNAchieves
August If selected, provide requested documentation to complete FAFSA verification 

Update Your TN Promise School

You may update your school of choice to be Vol State by logging into your TSAC student portal, or by completing this form and send it to TSAC.

What does TN Promise pay for?
Fees Covered by TN Promise 2018-2019
Maintenance Fee $164 per credit hour
Technology Access $9 per credit hour, $112.50 max
Student Activity $7 per semester
SGA $5 per semester
Campus Access Fee $11 per semester
Sustainable Campus Fee $1 per semester
International Education $10 per semester
Fees NOT Covered by TN Promise 2018-2019
Applied Music $55 per credit hour
Radiology Clinical Education $30 per course
Science Consumables $10-$20 per course
Vet Tech $18 per course
IncludEd Online Access Varies per course
TN eCampus Additional Costs Varies depending on number of hours