All About TN Promise

Apply by November 1, 2014!

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TN Promise is a Great Opportunity!

Cleveland State Community College does not want you to miss out on this great opportunity! For the first time in history, the State of Tennessee has agreed and passed into law, the ability for any high school graduate to go to any community college or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in the state, at no cost to you! This means that the State will make up the difference in your tuition and fees if your financial aid does not cover the whole cost.

Who Can Participate?

The Tennessee Promise is an opportunity for all graduating high school seniors–regardless of how much money you do or don’t make, or your academic performance– to obtain a TCAT certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree free of tuition and fees.

How Do Students Maintain the Scholarship?

  1. Continuous enrollment in a college or TCAT as full-time (12 hours or more) for up to five consecutive semesters
  2. Maintain a 2.0 grade-point average
  3. Continue to work with mentor
  4. Complete eight hours of community service per semester

How is the Program Administered?

tnAchieves will be the program administrator for TN Promise in Bradley, Polk, Meigs, McMinn and Monroe counties. For more information about tnAchieves, go to

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) has been designated as the organization that will establish deadlines and procedures. If you meet all of the requirements, TSAC will send the scholarship funds directly to the college you choose on your behalf.

Cleveland State Contact

Cleveland State is ready, willing and able to help you with this process. For more information or assistance, call (423) 472-7141 at our main campus or Patty Weaver at (423) 745-8486 at the Athens and Madisonville sites.

Be A TN Promise Mentor!

Who Can Become a tnAchieves Mentor?

  • Any individual who wants to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school    seniors with post-secondary success
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Subject to a background check

To Become a tnAchieves Mentor, You Must:

  • Apply online by November 1
  • Complete mandatory mentor training by December 1
  • Attend mandatory January team meeting
  • Attend mandatory March team meeting
  • Contact students at least once every two weeks from the following January through December

An Effective Mentor:

  • Makes initial contact with students before January team meeting
  • Reaches out to parents/guardians if possible
  • Reminds students of all meetings and deadlines
  • Attends January and March team meetings
  • Encourages students to reach their potential
  • Plays an active role in eliminating barriers associated with post-secondary access and success
  • Assists students with community service opportunities
  • Lessens the post-secondary intimidation factor by sharing personal experiences

*Mentors will receive more information at mentor training

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Help you to feel comfortable working with your students!

How Do I Learn More?

Below is a list of helpful websites that will assist in mentoring your students.

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How Does it Work?

  1. Complete the TN Promise application at no later than November 1.
  2. Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the stated deadline. The Tennessee Promise will provide students with a last dollar scholarship. You won’t have to pay for any tuition and fees.
  3. Work with an assigned mentor.
  4. Attend mandatory meetings including college orientation. Apply to college prior to the deadline, complete registration and enroll in 12 or more hours.
  5. Maintain satisfactory academic process and
  6. Perform one day of community service each semester.

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