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Tennessee Promise

High School Seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

Walters State Promise

Tennessee Promise is a last dollar scholarship program available to Tennessee high school graduates which can provide free tuition for up to two years at a community or technical college. This last dollar scholarship program will cover tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS), or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). A key component to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship program is the mentoring provided for each student to help them transition from high school to college. Three organizations serve as local partners and administer the mentorship component of the program and they include: The Ayers Foundation, REDI and tnAchieves.

Eligibility for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program

Become Eligible for Tennessee Promise

Maintain Eligibility for Tennessee Promise

Terminating Events

Students that have maintained all of the eligibility requirements may continue to receive the scholarship until one of the following events has occurred:

  • Student has earned a diploma or associate’s degree; or
  • Student has attended five semesters, exclusive of a leave of absence. (an approved leave of absence shall not count against the five semester limit)

Loss of Eligibility and Appeal Process

Students may submit an appeal or request for a leave of absence to the Financial Aid Office for consideration by the Institutional Review Panel for any of the following reasons:

  • Illness of the student
  • Illness or death of immediate family member
  • Extreme Financial Hardship of student or student’s immediate family
  • To fulfill a religious commitment
  • Other extraordinary circumstance that was beyond the control of the student

Please be sure to submit a detailed explanation and supporting documentation for the reason listed in the appeal. The appeal forms are available in the Financial Aid Office. If the appeal is approved eligibility will be reinstated for future terms. If the appeal is denied, students may appeal directly to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.


Community Service Requirement

Complete 8 hours for each semester you receive Tennessee Promise funding, to be completed before the start of each term. 

tnAchieves Community Service

tnAchieves Vrtual Community Service

tnAchieves East Tennessee Community Service


The community service deadline for July 1, 2020 has been waived due to COVID-19.

July 1
prior to Fall Semester 
December 3
prior to Spring Semester
April 1
prior to Summer Semester

Failure to complete the community service requirement will result in the loss of the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Already completed your service requirement?

Please click here to fill out the required Community Service Form.