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High school seniors wishing to apply for UT Promise and begin classes at UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin or UT Health Science Center must complete all of the following application steps. These deadlines apply only to high school students graduating in the 2019-2020 academic year and who plan to enroll at a UT institution in fall 2020*.

If you are attending a high school in one of the following counties- Decatur, Henderson, Lawrence, Perry, or Unicoi- please visit the Ayers Foundation for your application steps.
Deadlines Steps for Eligible High School Seniors
Nov. 1, 2019 Complete the TN Promise application.**

Visit www.TNPromise.gov and apply through the TSAC Portal.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Log in.
  3. Click “Apply”.
  4. Select Tennessee Promise Scholarship Award 2020-2021.
  5. When asked to select your anticipated institution, you can select any college or university on the list of options.
Dec. 15, 2019 Complete the UT Promise Application.

Visit utpromise.org to complete the application.

This application is only for high school students planning to enroll at UT in fall 2020. Current UT students can apply with a separate application until Feb. 1, 2020. The application will open for all other students Feb. 10. Please visit the application page that corresponds with your current status.

High school seniors have until Dec. 15 to complete the UT Promise application. However, please note that completing the TN Promise application above by Nov. 1 is a requirement for UT Promise eligibility.

Dec. 15, 2019 Apply for undergraduate admission to your UT institution(s) of choice.
Feb. 7, 2020 File the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Visit www.fafsa.gov.
March/April 2020 Attend mandatory mentor meeting hosted by tnAchieves.

You will receive a tnAchieves mentor until you arrive at UT. Check your email for communications from tnAchieves about this meeting.

You can also find your mandatory meeting date, time, and location in your tnAchieves handbook or on the tnAchieves website. Failure to attend this meeting will result in the loss of your UT Promise eligibility.

July 1, 2020 Complete and submit 8 hours of community service.
Submit by 11:59 PM CT at www.tnachieves.org.
July 1, 2020 Ensure UT institution of choice is listed on your TSAC Portal and FAFSA.
July 1, 2020 Complete financial aid verification, if selected.
Verification is completed through your financial aid office.
Fall 2020 Enroll as a full-time student at your UT institution of choice.
Download this Checklist [PDF]


After you enroll at a UT campus in fall 2020, you will be paired with a UT mentor. You will receive communications about your mentor summer/fall 2020. To stay informed, check your email for updates from tnAchieves and UT.


* For students enrolling in fall 2020 but graduating prior to the 2019-2020 academic year (i.e. took a gap year, etc.), you should follow the application process and deadlines for other students.


** It is important to note that UT Promise functions separately from TN Promise and can only be used at universities falling under the University of Tennessee system. UT Promise students are not eligible to receive TN Promise funds.