tnAchieves COMPLETE Grants

tnAchieves COMPLETE Grants

tnAchieves COMPLETE grants are available to TN Promise students to ensure unexpected financial burdens are not barriers on their path to college graduation.

A COMPLETE grant serves as additional funding that can cover costs outside of tuition and mandatory fees. Determining eligibility and requesting a COMPLETE grant is simple. To qualify, a student must:

  1. Be eligible for a federal PELL grant. This is based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined using the FAFSA. Please ask your COMPLETE coach or the financial aid office for clarification if you are unsure.
  2. Be eligible for TN Promise.
  3. Be enrolled full-time.
  4. Complete the COMPLETE grant form in its entirety, including necessary documentation.
  5. Connect with your tnAchieves COMPLETE coach.

Qualifying students can be awarded up to $1,000 per academic period (periods reset Aug 1, Dec 1 and May 1). COMPLETE grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as funding is limited.

COMPLETE Grant Categories & Documentation

COMPLETE grants can be used to assist with costs associated with the categories below. It is important to note that proper documentation is required for ALL COMPLETE grant requests. If you do not provide proper documentation, your request will be denied. Required documentation needed for each category is listed below.

All COMPLETE grants require a screenshot or photo of your schedule showing you are enrolled full time. This schedule can simply be a screenshot from your student portal, but it MUST have your name on it. Additional documentation required for each category (if any) is listed below:

Transportation to School (Gas or Uber) Gift Card or Bus Pass
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • A $100 gas gift card, $100 Uber e-gift card or bus pass will be awarded upon approval. Gas cards will be sent to the mailing address provided on the grant request and Uber cards will be sent to the email provided on the grant request. If approved for a bus pass, a tnAchieves COMPLETE coach will reach out to the contact information listed on the grant request.
Grocery Gift Card
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • A $100 e-gift card will be awarded upon approval. Grocery e-gift cards will be sent to the email provided on grant request.
Computer/Technology
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • tnAchieves has a standard computer that will be approved unless your class/major requires something specific. Computer will be sent to the mailing address provided on grant request.
Supplies/Tools
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • Screenshot of syllabus with required materials
  • tnAchieves will purchase needed supplies/tools and send them to the mailing address provided on grant request.
Rent/Utilities
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • A screenshot or photo of rental agreement and/or utility bill showing the amount owed that includes name. If approved, tnAchieves sends a check directly to the vendor. tnAchieves will need the address of where to send payment, to whom the check should be written AND account number or any additional information that should be included on the check.
  • tnAchieves will only pay the amount owed by the individual requesting funding. For example, if there are roommates, only request the amount of rent paid each month by the individual requesting the grant, not the full rent amount.
  • Rent/utility checks can take up to 10 days to be delivered so be sure to request this funding well in advance of the due date and/or ask for a payment extension if necessary.
Textbooks
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • A screenshot or photo of the cost of books from the bookstore website along with ISBN numbers for each book.
  • Approved amount will be available as a credit at the college bookstore (unless otherwise discussed with tnAchieves COMPLETE coach).
Class Fees/Inclusive Access Textbooks
  • Screenshot or photo of class schedule
  • A screenshot or photo of the fees owed from student account.
  • tnAchieves will pay the college directly.
 

COMPLETE grants cannot be used to reimburse for expenses already paid. In addition, funding is given via gift card or paid directly to the vendor, so students never receive a check or money directly. If you request $1000 for “general life expenses” this will be denied as you must request funding for specific expenses.

If you are requesting funding in multiple categories, you will need to submit a separate grant request for each category, however, this can be completed within the same form. Simply select “yes” on the question at the end of each grant form to submit an additional request within the same form. For example, if you are requesting $100 in gas money and $450 for books, you will need to submit TWO separate grant requests.

Please do not submit the same request multiple times!

This innovative program is designed to ensure students feel supported on their journey through college. tnAchieves knows that college can be challenging enough without the stresses of an unexpected financial burden. We hope that COMPLETE grants can help alleviate that stress and propel students to graduation!

Click here to access the COMPLETE grant application!