Tennessee Promise FAFSA Deadline Extended to August 1

Tennessee extends FAFSA deadline to August 1 for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) have announced a final extension of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program. The new deadline is set for Thursday, August 1, 2024.

This extension provides additional time for students to apply for crucial financial aid and finalize their college plans for the fall semester. Dr. Steven Gentile, Executive Director of THEC/TSAC, explained that the release of the new FAFSA has posed challenges for many students, impacting their college decision-making process. The extension aims to help students and families complete the FAFSA application in time for fall enrollment.

The decision to extend the deadline follows THEC/TSAC’s receipt of a $1 million award from the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), part of the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA Student Support Strategy initiative. This funding will support THEC’s efforts to improve FAFSA completion rates and provide targeted assistance to students and families throughout Tennessee.

Since the redesigned FAFSA was launched in January 2024, many students have faced difficulties in submitting their applications. The ECMC award will fund THEC’s “TN FAFSA Frenzy” initiative, which includes statewide events, communication campaigns, and staff resources to assist institutions. These efforts aim to help more students and families successfully navigate the FAFSA process and secure necessary financial aid.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, offers eligible high school seniors the opportunity to obtain a technical certificate or associate degree tuition-free. The scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees not covered by other financial aid sources.

For more information about upcoming FAFSA completion events and resources, please visit CollegeforTN.org/FAFSA or call 1-800-342-1663.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education, responsible for developing and implementing policies that support postsecondary education opportunities for Tennesseans. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 state student financial aid programs, including the Tennessee Promise.

For more information about THEC/TSAC, please visit tn.gov/thec.

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