Counselor Toolkit - Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 TN Promise application opens for completion on August 1, 2020 at Class of 2021 students have until December 1, 2020 (Deadline Extended) to complete the scholarship application in order to become eligible. After the TN Promise application deadline, tnAchieves will begin communicating with all applicants. It is important that students provide a correct, working email address and phone number when applying for TN Promise. We strongly encourage students not to use a high school email address as many districts do not allow students to receive emails from outside organizations and emails are typically deactivated after graduation. Students must also provide parent/guardian contact information. The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open on October 1, 2020, and is completed based on student and parent(s)/guardian(s) 2019 tax information. The TN Promise 2021-2022 FAFSA filing deadline will be February 1, 2021.

We are excited to begin working with your Class of 2021 students! As a counselor, please feel free to use our website as a resource for materials, information and guidance. Please encourage your students to become familiar with the TN Promise eligibility requirements, tnAchieves program and policies. Please also encourage your students to check their emails regularly.

For counselor questions, please contact Amanda Schneider at 

Downloadable TN Promise Application Content:

Downloadable College Application Content:

Downloadable tnAchieves Handbooks:

2021-2022 FAFSA Overview

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main financial aid application that students complete to determine if they qualify for any state/federal scholarships or grants. The FAFSA can be completed online at Beginning October 1, 2020, students and parents can begin to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA using 2019 tax information. Prior to FAFSA completion, students and parents/legal guardians will be required to create an FSA ID online at The student and parent/legal guardian FSA IDs are used to access and sign the student’s FAFSA. It is important to note that the student and parent cannot use the same email address for both the student and parent FSA ID. Separate email addresses are needed. FSA ID information should be stored in an easily accessible, secure place for future reference!

Students will sign in using their FSA ID to begin filing the FAFSA online at We encourage students to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA using 2019 tax information as soon as the application opens on October 1 as some scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2021-2022 FAFSA cannot be filed prior to October 1, 2020.  In most cases, students will need parent/guardian 2019 tax information in order to successfully file the FAFSA as a student is considered a dependent of their parent until the age of 24. It is important that students ensure they are filing the 2021-2022 FAFSA by the February 1, 2021 deadline. Failure to complete the correct year’s FAFSA by the deadline will result in the loss of TN Promise scholarship eligibility. After submitting the FAFSA, the student will receive a confirmation email to the email provided on the application. If a student does not receive a confirmation from Federal Student Aid then the FAFSA was not successfully submitted. Encourage students to hold onto their confirmation, along with their FSA ID information, for future reference!

Downloadable FAFSA Filing Content:

FAFSA Social Media Content:

 File 2021-2022 FAFSA


FAFSA Dependency

FAFSA Parent

IRS Data Retrieval Tool