Frequently Asked Questions



Who can become a tnAchieves mentor?
  • Any individual who wants to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 1-5 high school seniors with post-secondary success
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Subject to a background check
How do I become a tnAchieves mentor?

A tnAchieves mentor must...

  • Apply online by October 20 by going here
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Complete mandatory mentor training.
  • Attend an in-person meeting in December or January to be paired with students.
What is the time commitment?

tnAchieves mentors tell us that they spend less than ONE hour per month, or between 10 and 15 hours annually serving as a resource to our students.

The role is simple but significant as our mentors help our students reach their potential.  At its core, tnAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, attend a single one-hour meetings and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college. 

tnAchieves designed its mentoring program so even the busiest executive, parent or young professional could make a meaningful impact. 

How many students will I mentor?

Each mentor may choose between 1 and 5 high school seniors to guide with post-secondary success. However, mentors may not choose which students they work with.

Is there an age requirement?

All tnAchieves mentors must be at least 21 years or older.

Why do I have to provide my social security number?

In order to become a tnAchieves mentor, you must pass a background check. Your social security number is needed to complete one.

Is a college degree required?

No, a college degree is not required to be a tnAchieves mentor.

We will train you to feel comfortable working with your students if you do not have college experience!

About the Program

What is TN Promise?

TN Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that provides the opportunity for every Tennessee high school student to earn a post-secondary credential. This also applies to students who complete a GED or HiSET prior to their 19th birthday.

Who is eligible?

Any high school senior who graduates from a Tennessee eligible high school or completes a Tennessee home school program is eligible to apply. Students will apply in the beginning of their high school senior year and begin working with tnAchieves. To receive TN Promise funds, students must complete the tnAchieves program.

What are the eligible post-secondary institutions?

tnAchieves works with 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. In addition, there are several 4-year colleges and universities that offer eligible programs. For a complete list, please click here.

What does TN Promise fund?

TN Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that funds tuition and mandatory fees at eligible TN Promise post-secondary institutions. These funds cannot be used for books, cost of attendance fees or fees associated with a specific program or class.

Does TN Promise pay for books?

TN Promise only funds last-dollar tuition and mandatory fees and does not pay for books or other post-secondary expenses (e.g. application fee, program and service fees).

Does TN Promise cover remedial education?

Yes. TN Promise will cover remedial classes if a student should need to take them. If you score below a 19 on the ACT, you might be interested in our Summer Bridge Program.

When does TN Promise funding begin?

Students must begin college the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. TCAT students are able to begin in the trimester beginning in May as long as the student has completed service hours by April 1.