Two years of community college tuition-free for high school seniors
NASHVILLE (press release)—The application deadline for the new Tennessee Promise scholarship program is November 1 and the state of Tennessee wants to make sure no high school senior is left out.
“Every high school senior in the state of Tennessee who wants the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition-free should sign up now,” said Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Governor’s Drive to 55 Initiative and Tennessee Promise program. “We want to be sure all students and their parents take advantage of this potentially game-changing opportunity to help pay for college.”
Beginning with the Class of 2015, Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program to help more high school seniors and their families pay for college. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by a Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds.
Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institutions offering an associate’s degree program. In exchange, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service during each term enrolled and maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.
More than 34,000 Tennessee Promise applications have been received by the state through early October with 300 applications coming in on average each day.
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 assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process.
Seniors who want to apply for the Tennessee Promise can visit www.TNPromise.gov before November 1. Adults who would like to volunteer as mentors can also apply by November 1 at www.TNPromise.gov.
“The opportunity to eliminate the financial worry for high school seniors who want to go to college, coupled with the opportunity to get one-on-one coaching and encouragement from a mentor, and then for the senior to also give back through community service really is a triple win,” Krause said.” We want every eligible student to take full advantage of Tennessee Promise.”
According to Krause, this is all a part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to equip 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by 2025.