tn_promise_263_209_fillThe days are counting down to Tuesday, November 1 (at 11:59:59 p.m. to be exact), which is the application deadline for 2017 graduating high school seniors to submit their Tennessee Promise (TNP) applications. More than 35,000 students applied for the scholarship when it was first offered in 2014 to graduating seniors. The TNP offers Tennessee high school graduates two years of free tuition to attend any community college or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). You may see a list of TNP eligible institutions (refer to page 13).

Students enrolled through HomeLife Academy (HLA) may easily apply online for the scholarship, but may also contact HLA High School Guidance Counselor Lani Carey if assistance is needed.

Students will receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the application. In mid-December, a physical TN Promise/tnAchieves student handbook will be sent to the mailing address used on their application. Also included will be information about the scholarship and the mandatory team meeting assignments for the student. The student handbook will be available online at the tnAchieves website in November.

There are some changes students should be aware of regarding community service hours and FAFSA. Students will be able to begin earning their eight (8) hours of community service starting Wednesday, November 2, which is the day after the application deadline. They must submit their community service hours by Tuesday, August 1, 2017. For FAFSA, all documents must be submitted by August 1 to any two-year and four-year institutions where they have applied, so the schools are able to complete the FAFSA verification. The deadline for FAFSA verification at TCATs will remain as Sunday, October 1, 2017. The FAFSA application opened on October 1.

Carey shared a reminder for parents and seniors completing the application.

“When completing the application, use the county where you live, not that of HLA, for your school location,” said Carey.

Although the TN Promise application deadline is Tuesday, November 1, it is suggested students not wait until the last minute. Students should apply for the TN Promise scholarship even if they plan to attend a college not listed as accepting the scholarship, do not want to pursue an associate’s degree or are not planning on attending college. Completing that first step, applying by November 1, ensures the student will be able to continue with the scholarship process in 2017 and be eligible for the funds in case their goals change.

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