FREE College In Tennessee? The Tennessee Promise: Separating Fact From Fiction

Probablemente has escuchado a tus amigos o tal vez a tus padres decir las palabras "Colegio gratuito". ¡Casi al instante, comienzas a pensar en el automóvil mejorado que puedes comprar o en el nuevo guardarropa que puedes comprar ahora que tu universidad será 100% gratis! Olvídate de los fideos Ramen, ahora puedes permitirte las colas de langosta y el caviar (¡qué asco!).

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Hold on… not so fast. Have you heard of the saying, “Nothing in life is free?” That saying applies perfectly to “free” college.

That’s because there are restrictions regarding free college in Tennessee. Plus, before you can enroll without paying tuition, you must meet multiple requirements. So, is the Tennessee Promise a good deal for Tennesseans? Absolutely–especially if it meets your definition of college. But, before you leave your wallet at home, check out our MYTHS and FACTS regarding free college under the Beca Promesa de Tennessee.


MITO: "¡Puedo usar la Beca Tennessee Promise para obtener un título de 4 años!" 

HECHO: Tennessee Promise can help you earn your Associates Degree (2-year degree). After those two years, if you wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, you will need to take out student loans, find additional scholarships, or find another way to cover additional tuition costs.


MITO: “I can go to ANY college or university in Tennessee for free!” 

HECHO: The Tennessee Promise Scholarship applies to a 2-year community college or technical college.


MITO: “I won’t need any other grant money to start college!” 

HECHO: The Tennessee Promise requires students to use ALL of their Pell Grant and State Grant money BEFORE applying the Tennessee Promise Scholarship amount to cover any tuition gap remaining.


MITO: "¡No tendré que pagar NADA para la universidad!" 

HECHO: The Tennessee Promise Scholarship covers tuition and limited fees. You are required to pay for housing, food, transportation, books, equipment, and other college expenses. These costs can still be quite high and may require a student loan.

Entonces, solo para recapitular, si bien la Tennessee Promise Scholarship es excelente, tiene una serie de restricciones, que incluyen:

  • Applies to 2-year community and technical colleges
  • It only covers tuition AFTER your Pell Grant and State Grant money are used.
  • Solo cubre matrícula y tarifas limitadas. Tendrá que pagar de su bolsillo todos los demás gastos relacionados con la universidad.
  • ¡Nossi creó un cuestionario interactivo para ver si TN Promise es adecuado para usted! Tómelo para descubrir más.

If you are still interested in starting college for free with the funds in the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, know that it’s not as simple as filling out an online form and waiting for hundred dollar bills to fall out of the sky. Remember, nothing in life is truly free. In this case, it will require quite a bit of your time and community service hours.

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