Counselor Resources - Class of 2017
My name is Amanda Bolden, tnAchieves Senior Director of Communications. tnAchieves is the partnering organization that facilitates the non-financial component of the TN Promise scholarship to students in your county, such as the mentoring component and additional post-secondary access and success support. I will be your main contact for any questions you may have regarding tnAchieves.
The Class of 2017 TN Promise application opened for completion on August 1, 2016 at www.tnpromise.gov and students had until November 1, 2016 to complete the scholarship application in order to become eligible. A major change that occurred with the Class of 2017 TN Promise cohort is the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2017-2018 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2016 and was completed based off of 2015 tax information. This FAFSA will often be referenced as the “prior-prior year” FAFSA. Due to the new FAFSA timeline, the TN Promise FAFSA filing deadline for Class of 2017 TN Promise students was January 17, 2017. Below is additional information regarding FAFSA.
We are excited to continue working with your Class of 2017 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.
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 www.fafsa.gov. Prior to FAFSA completion, students and parents/legal guardians will be required to create an FSA ID online at www.fsaid.ed.gov. The student and parent/legal guardian FSA IDs are used to access and sign the student’s FAFSA.
TN FAFSA Frenzy is the State of Tennessee’s FAFSA completion initiative designed to provide educators and students with resources to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and help students take an important step in the college-going process. The TN FAFSA Frenzy initiative was created in response to the new FAFSA timeline, which moves the FAFSA filing window to October 1, 2016 through January 17, 2017 for student pursuing TN Promise. The new timeline allows students and families to use tax information from 2015 as determined by the federal government (referred to as “prior-prior year”).
The initiative is also designed to bring together professional resources and best practices from across the state and provide a one-stop shop for free resources for your financial aid events to help increase your institution's FAFSA filing rate. Please click here for the FAFSA Frenzy Counselor Tool-Kit, which further explains the initiative and provides resources and ideas for FAFSA Frenzy events. The state's FAFSA Frenzy website has additional materials to help you plan and facilitate successful events, such as media release templates, volunteer request letters, and student materials.
Additional Useful Links:
- Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
- TSAC Student Portal
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- Tennessee Department of Education
- Community Service Guidelines
- Excuse Form Policy
- TN Promise Meeting Reminder Flyer
- 2017-2018 FAFSA Information
- FAFSA Frenzy Event Flyer
- 2017-2018 FAFSA Filing Reminder PDF