Go back

Tennessee Promise

Walking Tour

What is Tennessee Promise?

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that began in the fall of 2015.

Although the Tennessee Promise Scholarship is considered a last dollar scholarship, it does not pay last dollar when utilized at a four-year institution. The scholarship only covers the average state community college costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met by gift aid from the Pell, TELS (including the HOPE scholarship, Access Grant, Aspire Scholarship, etc.) or TSAA programs.

Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. 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 hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.

Who is eligible?

High school seniors who meet the following requirements:

 Must complete the TN Promise application and service hours and be determined eligible for the program (please refer to TSAC Tennessee Promise checklist).

  • Although the Tennessee Promise Scholarship is considered a last dollar scholarship, it does not pay last dollar when utilized at a four-year institution. The scholarship only covers the average state community college costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met by gift aid from the Pell, TELS (including the HOPE scholarship, Access Grant, Aspire Scholarship, etc.) or TSAA programs.
    • If a student’s gift aid amounts exceed the average community college tuition and mandatory fees, the student will not be eligible for a Tennessee Promise Scholarship payment at APSU.
    • Click here to estimate your potential Tennessee Promise Scholarship amount, use our calculator.
    • Must be admitted to APSU seeking an Associate’s Degree.
    • Must be enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more).
    • This scholarship may be used for two years of assistance, provided continuing eligibility is met.

What Associate Degrees are offered at Austin Peay?

Austin Peay is one of two State Universities where you can take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. To take advantage of this scholarship, you will need to enroll in one of our associate degree programs offered. Liberal arts is an Associate degree in which you take core courses and electives. This degree will feed into most 4-year degree programs. Find out more about our associate degree programs offered at Austin Peay.