Record number of Tennessee Promise applications submitted

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced last week that over 56,000 Tennessee Promise applicants submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Feb. 1 deadline.

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship started in 2015 that allows recent high school graduates to complete an associate degree or technical certificate program free of tuition and mandatory fees at a community college or College of Applied Technology.

The FAFSA is the form used to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study and loans. Completing the FAFSA application is the first step for students pursuing federal financial aid assistance for college and is a mandatory component for Tennessee Promise eligibility.

Since the beginning of Tennessee Promise, the state has continued to grow its FAFSA submission rate and has become a national leader in FAFSA filing. The increase from last year of 1,200 students reflects the largest number of completed FAFSAs by program deadline in Tennessee history.

Students who still need assistance with their FAFSA can find the application online at