Tennessee Promise (TN Promise)

ALERT: Please see updates to the community service requirement.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation has extended the Tennessee Promise FAFSA filing deadline and the priority FAFSA deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) from Feb. 1 to March 1, 2021, for high school seniors applying for the first time and for students already receiving the assistance. Students participating in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program must file a FAFSA, or renewal FAFSA, each year to remain eligible. For more information, visit Southwest TN Promise.

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship provides Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend Southwest Tennessee Community College tuition free. Students must meet all Southwest and tnAchieves deadlines in order to receive the Tennessee Promise Scholarship. On our website, you will find instructions and resources on how to apply for, receive, and keep your Tennessee Promise Scholarship.


TN Promise at Southwest Logo

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. 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. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight (8) hours of community service each semester they are enrolled, as well as maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at their institution.

High School seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two (2) years of tuition-free starting in November of each year.

High School Senior Class Requirements

In order for current Tennessee high school seniors to participate in the program, they must meet the following requirements and deadlines:

Current Southwest Tennessee Promise Students

Tennessee Promise does not cover the cost of books, attendance fees or fees associated with a specific program or class. Students will be personally responsible for access codes, program fees and TN eCampus fees.

In order for current Southwest TN Promise students to maintain their Promise scholarship, they must meet the following requirements and deadlines:

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Complete and report eight (8) hours of community service by the established deadlines.
  • Complete the FAFSA between October 1 and February 1.
  • Continue to review and submit/complete financial aid requirements as requested in the My.Southwest student portal by selecting the student dashboard tab.
  • Enroll in a minimum 12 or more credit hours each semester
  • Do not drop below 12 credit hours without first consulting your advisor. Failure to maintain 12 credit hours will likely result in the loss of your Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Note: The TN Promise can also cover the cost of a student's summer classes; however, a student must complete and report eight (8) hours of community service by April 1. Students must also be enrolled full-time during the summer term in order to receive Tennessee Promise funds for the summer semester.