Taking Care of Business in the New Year: Be FAFSA and Tennessee Promise Ready


What better way to take care of business in the new year than to make sure your educational goals are moving forward. For example, Tennessee Promise and FAFSA requirements!

Any student who wants to take advantage of Tennessee’s tuition-free college program must file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The FAFSA is the primary financial aid application that any student enrolling in college must complete in order to determine state and federal scholarship and grant qualifications.

To use Tennessee Promise, high school and college students need to complete the FAFSA. Tennessee Promise provides eligible students college free of tuition and fees. For Tennessee Promise eligibility, high school seniors and current Promise college students must complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA no later than February 1, 2022.  

Students in Tennessee can call the state’s hotline at 1-800-342-1663 for help or visit a nearby community college

The Tennessee Promise program does not cover additional costs like books. However, many community colleges provide scholarships and grant programs that can help cover everyday expenses for students. Tennessee Promise can be used at select four-year schools for associate programs. However, that option is not tuition free. For a full list of Tennessee Promise institutions click here

Adults can take part too! An extension of the Tennessee Promise program is Tennessee Reconnect ! The program provides grants for students who are 25 and older to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, free of tuition and fees. Adults can apply by completing the application or by visiting an eligible community or technical college