NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship will be extended from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (THEC/TSAC) made the announcement Monday.
Officials said the change was made in order to ensure people facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic have the time they need to apply.
“In a time of tremendous disruption for many of our students, we want to be cognizant of the barriers students are facing and be flexible where we can,” Executive Director Mike Krause said in a press release. “Extending this deadline will ensure students who wish to attend a community or technical college tuition-free have the fullest possible opportunity to do so. We do not want the pandemic to deter students from applying.”
Tennessee Promise is a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students who attend college in Tennessee. It provides aid to students to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institutions offering an associate degree program.
THEC/TSAC said it will continue to work closely with higher education institutions and the state’s high schools to evaluate further modifications to program requirements and ensure that all students are notified of these changes.
Students can contact the TSAC Call Center at (800) 342-1663 with any questions or check the Tennessee Promise web site for the latest information.