Early High School Graduate


If you are an early high school graduate, you may have the opportunity to enroll at an eligible institution with TN Promise funding prior to the fall 2023 term, provided that all necessary requirements outlined below are met. Please note, early high school graduates are defined as students who graduate from an eligible high school, eligible home school program or completes a GED or HiSET prior to the spring semester of what would normally have been their senior year of high school.

Requirements for Early College Enrollment:

  1. Complete the 2023 TN Promise application by November 1, 2022 at TNPromise.gov.
  2. Complete and submit TWO separate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications by March 1, 2023.
    • Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA AND the 2023-2024 FAFSA by March 1, 2023. 
    • Both FAFSA applications are open for completion at StudentAid.gov
  3. Complete and submit 8 hours of community service by April 3, 2023.
    • Students may begin completing community service on November 2, 2022 and must submit no later than April 3, 2023.
    • Community service must be submitted by the student at www.tnachieves.org.
    • Students that also plan to enroll in the summer term must complete and submit a total of 16 hours of community service by April 3, 2023.
  4. Complete the mandatory TN Promise webinar by March 1, 2023.
    • Early graduate students will receive early access to the mandatory webinar via email after the TN Promise application closes but are also asked to attend their assigned meeting held at their former high school to meet with their assigned mentor. 

Early graduates are not required to enroll prior to the fall 2023 term; this is just an option! If students choose to enroll at a post-secondary institution prior to the fall 2023 term with TN Promise funding, these term(s) will be counted as one of the 5 semesters/8 trimesters available with TN Promise. Additionally, a TN Promise early graduate who enrolls and receives funding in the spring and/or summer semester would have a GPA reviewed at the conclusion of the academic year. This could lead to a permanent loss of TN Promise eligibility as all TN Promise students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of every academic year.

It is important to note that students must complete all early graduate requirements outlined above PRIOR to spring enrollment to avoid triggering a reimbursement process for tuition and mandatory fees. If you fail to complete the outlined steps prior to spring enrollment, you will be required to pay tuition and mandatory fees upfront then be reimbursed by TN Promise only when all requirements are satisfied.