TN Promise Free Tuition at Vol State


High School Seniors Apply Now for TN Promise Free Tuition at Vol State


The first wave of Tennessee Promise students is taking fall classes. Now it’s time for high school seniors to start making their plans for college. The Tennessee Promise is a statewide program that allows high school seniors to attend community college free of tuition. Volunteer State Community College at Livingston and Cookeville are two of the eligible Tennessee Promise campuses and Vol State is letting high school seniors know that they should apply for the Tennessee Promise now. There is a November 2, 2015 deadline for students to apply for the program online. That can be done at Students will then need to apply to Vol State at The program is going into its second year for graduating high school seniors, home school students and High School Equivalency recipients. The response has been strong.


The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning that it comes after a Pell Grant, Hope Scholarship, and TSAA scholarships. Students will need to apply for Financial Aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. That can be done at Books and materials are not covered by Tennessee Promise. Students must carefully follow the state guidelines to qualify and stay qualified. The Tennessee Promise covers five consecutive semesters of tuition, if students maintain qualification. They must start college in the first fall semester after they graduate from high school. They must also take at least 12 hours of classes each semester.


Vol State can help students and parents with questions about the program. There will be informational sessions held soon. At each session, participants will have access to computers to complete the on-line Tennessee Promise application, and the online Vol State application. Those who apply to Vol State at the sessions will be waived from having to pay the normal $20 application fee. A Livingston session will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. A Cookeville Higher Education Campus session will be held on Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m. Reservations are required for all sessions and can be completed online by visiting For more information about the Tennessee Promise at Vol State visit the web page or call the Vol State Admissions Office at 615-230-3688.


Photo from the Gallatin campus on Monday, August 24.


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