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High school seniors wishing to apply for UT Promise and begin classes at UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, UT Southern or UT Health Science Center must complete all of the following application steps. These deadlines apply only to high school students graduating in the 2022-2023 academic year and who plan to enroll at a UT institution in fall 2023*.

If you are attending a high school in one of the following counties- Benton, Claiborne, Decatur, Harden, Haywood, Henderson, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Unicoi, Union, or Wayne- please visit the Ayers Foundation for your application steps.
Deadlines Steps for Eligible High School Seniors
Nov. 1, 2022 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 2022-2023.
  5. When asked to select your anticipated institution, you can select any college or university on the list of options.
Dec. 15, 2022 Complete the UT Promise Application.

This application is only for high school students planning to enroll at UT in fall 2023. If you are not a high school senior, please visit the correct application page. 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, 2022 Apply for undergraduate admission to your UT institution(s) of choice.
March 1, 2023 File the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Visit www.fafsa.gov.
March 1, 2023 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.

Failure to attend this meeting will result in the loss of your UT Promise eligibility.

* If you live in one of the following counties, you will meet with your assigned counselor through the Ayers Foundation at your high school, not a tnAchieves mentor: Benton, Claiborne, Decatur, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Unicoi, Union, Wayne.

July 3, 2022 Complete and submit 8 hours of community service.
Submit by 11:59 PM CT at www.tnachieves.org.

If you are a student at a high school within one of the following counties, submit your community service through the Ayers Foundation website. Benton, Claiborne, Decatur, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Unicoi, Union, Wayne

July 3, 2022 Ensure UT institution of choice is listed on your TSAC Portal and FAFSA.
July 3, 2022 Complete financial aid verification, if selected.
Verification is completed through your financial aid office.
Sept. 1, 2023 Your financial aid verification must be fully complete (not just submitted for review) and your UT Promise award accepted by this date for you to be eligible. Failure to do this will result in not receiving the UT Promise. Do not wait to do this as submitting your initial documents may lead to the financial aid office requesting other documents. If your financial aid file is not fully complete, you will not be eligible.
Fall 2023 Enroll as a full-time student at your UT institution of choice.


After you enroll at a UT campus in fall 2023, you will be paired with a UT Promise mentor. You must meet with your mentor three (3) times a semester, each semester, in order to maintain your eligibility. You will receive communications about your mentor for fall 2023. In addition, you must complete and submit eight (8) hours of community service every semester prior to each semester to maintain your UT Promise scholarship. Once enrolled at UT, you will track your community service hours here. To stay informed, check your email for updates from tnAchieves and UT.


* For students enrolling in fall 2023 but graduating prior to the 2022-2023 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.