Hope vs TN Promise

Jenene Grover, Reporter

  TN Promise Scholarship  TN Hope Scholarship 
What are minimum requirements for scholarship?  High school degree or GED/HISET, attend mandatory meetings and participate in the mentoring program  Tennessee resident for at least 1 year, graduate from an eligible TN high school, minimum 21 on ACT or 1060 on SATminimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted), enroll in an eligible TN institution 
Which colleges accept the scholarship?  Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technologysome Tennessee community colleges, some public and private TN colleges  Assorted institutions in TN; Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Columbia State Community College, East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University are only a few on the list 
How do I apply for the scholarship?  Complete the TN Promise application on the Promise website.  Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 
How many years is the scholarship available?  For each college term, complete 8 hours of community service to continue the scholarship  5 years pass from initial enrollment at any college 
What does the scholarship cover?  Tuition costs and other related fees that are not covered by other Tennessee-specific scholarships  Tuition and some room-and-board costs ~ price varies depending on the institution student attends 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – 

  • How long will the student have after high school graduation in order to still be eligible for the Promise scholarship? They will have until the fall-term following their graduation. 
  • Will the student keep the Promise scholarship if they take military leave? They are allowed to take military leave, but they will have to complete all initial eligibility requirements. 
  • If you miss the deadline for the Promise, can you still apply? A student who misses the deadline of November 1st is no longer eligible for the scholarship. 
  • Where is there more information about the scholarships? For the Hope: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/tn-education-lottery-programs/tennessee-hope-scholarship.html 

For the TN Promise: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/state-of-tennessee-programs/tennessee-promise-scholarship.html