Don’t Miss Mandatory TN Promise Team Meetings

The TN Promise has been a financial blessing to a number of homeschool families in Tennessee . Many students who may have been unable to attend college, due to the lack of finances, now have the monetary means for continuing their education past high school. The application process for the TN Promise is relatively easy. Hopefully, your graduating high school senior completed the online application by Wednesday, November 1, of this year. If so, that was just the first step in the process.

Although there are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled by the student to remain eligible for the scholarship, everything is mapped out. The steps are easy to follow and the deadlines are extremely important to not miss. There are no exceptions when it comes to the listed dates for required actions to be taken. After the application process, the next step students must complete is to attend the first of two mandatory team meetings, which are held in each county throughout Tennessee. The mandatory team meetings for Private/Homeschool/Alternative students have been scheduled for counties across the state. All TN Promise applicants must attend the two scheduled mandatory team meetings (the first in 2017 and the second in 2018) to remain eligible for the scholarship. If your child misses either meeting, they lose the scholarship opportunity. There are no exceptions (possible accepted excuses). Below is a list of the counties that have team meetings scheduled for homeschoolers in December. Check the listing and be sure to not miss the team meeting date in your area.

You may also contact tnAchieves for more information.

Check REDI if you do not see your county listed at tnAchieves.

Anderson
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Campus

Bedford
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Shelbyville Central High School

Benton
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Bledsoe
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Blount
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Maryville High School

Bradley
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Cleveland State Community College

Campbell
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Cannon
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Carroll
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Carter
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Cocke County High School

Cheatham
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Pleasant View Christian School – gym

Claiborne
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Clay
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Cocke
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Coffee
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Motlow State Moore County/Tullahoma Campus

Cumberland
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Roane State Community College Cumberland Campus

Davidson
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at McGavock High School

DeKalb
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Dickson
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at The Renaissance Center

Dyer
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Fentress
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Franklin
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Franklin County High School

Giles
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Grainger
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Greene
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Greeneville High School

Grundy
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Hamblen
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Walters State Community College, Morristown Campus

Hamilton
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Chattanooga State Community College

Hancock
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Hardeman
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET at Bolivar Central High School

Hawkins
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Cherokee High School

Henry
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Hickman
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Houston
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Humphreys
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Jackson
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Jefferson
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Jefferson County High School

Johnson
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Knox
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Hardin Valley Academy

Lake
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Lauderdale
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Lawrence
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Lawrence County High School

Lewis
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Lincoln
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Riverside Christian Academy – Multipurpose Room

Loudon
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Lenior City Schools Central Office

Macon
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Madison
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Jackson State Community College

Marion
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Marshall
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Maury
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Columbia State Community College

McMinn
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at McMinn County High School

McNairy
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Meigs
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Monroe
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Montgomery
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Austin Peay State University

Moore
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Motlow State Moore County/Tullahoma Campus

Morgan
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Obion
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Overton
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Pickett
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Polk
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Putnam
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Cookeville Higher Education Center- Cody Hall

Rhea
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Roane
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Roane State Community College Harriman Campus

Robertson
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Springfield High School

Rutherford
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Blackman High School

Scott
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Sequatchie
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Sevier
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Walters State Community College- Sevier County Campus

Shelby
Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 PM at SWTCC Macon Campus Nabors Gym

Smith
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Stewart
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Sullivan
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Northeast State Community College- Blountville

Sumner
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Vol State Gallatin Campus

Trousdale
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Union
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Van Buren
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Warren
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Warren County High School

Washington
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Science Hill High School

Wayne
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Weakley
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

White
No date specified.
I suggest you confirm with your county if there is a fall/winter date.

Williamson
Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial High School – CPAC

Wilson
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School


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TN Promise Service Saturday

Student volunteers at Henry Horton State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship offers a lot to students with very few requirements. Along with completing the scholarship and FAFSA applications and attending mandatory meetings, all they must do is perform eight hours of community service. Eight hours is actually not much and can easily be completed during the months leading to high school graduation or in one day if needed.

Student volunteers at Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

If your child applied for the Tennessee Promise and still needs to earn community service hours, send them to the park this weekend for the annual TN Promise Service Saturday. The Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas are offering your college-bound child an opportunity to earn the required eight community service hours they need, all in one day. Parks and natural areas across the state in West, Middle and East Tennessee will host the event. Just as each park is unique, the volunteer activities will be specific to that park. Some projects will include rerouting trails, removing litter, weeding and more. All volunteers are asked to come dressed in proper attire that includes sturdy and closed toe shoes and work gloves. Volunteers may even consider wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, but that is optional. Also, they should wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water and food. Lunch and water will not be provided.

Student volunteers at Montgomery Bell State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The TN Promise Service Saturday is open to anyone who wants to volunteer. You do not have to be a Tennessee Promise applicant to volunteer or “lend a hand”. Most of the volunteer events on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check the respective park for the actual scheduled hours, because they do vary. All volunteers must register with the park where they want to work, prior to the date. Check out all of the park locations. Registration may be done online on the event page for each service event. You may e-mail or call Nancy Schlein at (615) 532-5249 for more information.

Find a park in your area.


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Don’t Miss the Last Week of FAFSA Frenzy! Across Tennessee

When I think of financial aid and getting excited, the two never intersect. Excitement brings thoughts of something to look forward to that is going to be a lot of fun. Financial aid conjures piles of paperwork that must be completed by a deadline that is impossible to meet. In steps FAFSA Frenzy Day workshops across the state to assist students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the Tuesday, January 17, 2017 deadline. If your child is a senior in high school, already attending college or plans to return to college in the fall, attending FAFSA Frenzy Day is a step in the right direction.

Tuesday, January 17, is the last day to submit the FAFSA application to receive financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year. Completing the application is also a requirement for students who applied for the TN Promise scholarship. You must complete the application to remain eligible for the scholarship.

During the event, students will have access to computers for submitting the online application as well as receive on-site assistance with questions they may have regarding completing the application. The application process takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Suggested items to bring to the event to make completing the application easier are the following:

  • 2015 Federal Tax Return
  • Social Security Number(s)
  • Driver’s License (if any)
  • 2015 W‐2 Forms
  • 2015 untaxed income records, such as child support received and veterans non‐education benefits
  • Current information on checking and savings account balances; stock, bond, and other investments; and business and farm assets
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, bring your alien registration card
  • Student’s FSA ID (apply for your FSA ID)
  • Parent’s FSA ID (apply for your FSA ID)

Students are not required to attend a workshop, but they are made available to students and parents who may be unfamiliar with the FAFSA and the opportunities it offers students. The workshops are free and you do not have to be a current or prospective student of the college or university where you attend the workshop. You may also complete the FAFSA application online at home by visiting the website.


FAFSA Frenzy! Locations
Blountville
Northeast State Community College, 2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, 37617
Tuesday, January 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call (423) 323-0252 for more information.

Jackson
Jackson State Community College, Student Center, 2046 North Parkway, Jackson 38301
Tuesday, January 10, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Call Lori Thorne at (731) 425-2605 or e-mail for more information.

Clarksville
Kenwood High School, 251 East Pine Mountain Road, Clarksville, 37042
Monday, January 9, 2017, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (931) 905-7900 or more information.

The official TN FAFSA Frenzy Day is Thursday, January 12, at public high schools and participating colleges across the state. Contact your local public school to see if they will allow homeschoolers to participate in the event on the school campus.


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