Community Service Requirements
WHAT are the deadlines for submitting my community service?
Complete and submit 8 hours by each deadline!
|SEMESTER /TRIMESTER||DEADLINE**||TIMEFRAME FOR COMPLETION|
|FALL||JULY 1||DEC. 2 - JULY. 1***|
|SPRING||DEC. 1||JULY. 2 - DEC. 1|
|SUMMER*^||Waived for Summer 2020||Waived|
*Summer semester/trimester deadlines only apply to students attending a TCAT or students choosing to enroll full time in a summer semester at a community college or eligible four-year institution. Only students attending a TCAT may utilize TN Promise in the summer term directly following high school graduation and must meet the April 1 deadline.
^Due to the current state of emergency related to COVID-19 the Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (THEC/TSAC) has made the decision to waive the April 1 community service requirement. A Tennessee Promise student enrolling at an eligible institution for the summer term will not be required to complete and submit community service to maintain eligibility for that term. Furthermore THEC/TSAC continues to monitor the impact from COVID-19 related to the July 1, 2020 community service deadline while our partnering organizations work to arrange alternatives for students.
**Students attending South College are required to submit 8 hours prior to each quarter. Contact email@example.com for specific deadlines.
***Class of 2020 high school seniors can begin working on their first 8 hours on November 2, 2019.
WHAT COUNTS AS COMMUNITY SERVICE?
Community service is time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization. The community should be benefitting from the work you do!
Students can also volunteer in their field of interest to gain experience. This means that job shadowing may count toward your community service requirement.
Make sure you are volunteering with an actual organization (not an individual), you are not being paid, you are being supervised by someone who is not a family member and your activity does not include proselytizing (sharing faith).
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS?
All community service hours must be submitted through the community service online form found here. After submitting your community service hours, you will receive a confirmation email.
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Can i job shadow for my community service?
Want to learn more about a particular career field you would like to pursue in college? Complete a job shadowing experience, which can count toward your eight hours of community service. Job shadowing allows you to spend time with professionals in your career field of interest.
Complete a job shadowing placement one of two ways:
- Participate in a tnAchieves Job Shadow Day! We will organize shadowing opportunities with employers across the state, check your email frequently for more information on when and where these will take place.
- Find your own job shadow opportunity and submit the hours by using the community service form.
How many hours have I submitted?
To verify how many hours you have successfully submitted prior to each deadline, click here.