The TN Promise Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline is quickly approaching. Friday, Feb. 1, is the final day for both TN Promise high school and college students to complete the FAFSA to retain scholarship eligibility. The FAFSA, a federal application, is the primary financial-aid application that any student enrolling in post-secondary must complete in order to determine state and federal scholarship and grant qualifications.
Amanda Bolden, tnAchieves senior director of communications, encourages students and families to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA as soon as possible. “The FAFSA application process should not be delayed,” says Bolden. “Completing a FAFSA provides many students the opportunity to access financial aid. At tnAchieves, we believe every student should complete a FAFSA to ensure the student understands all college options. Ultimately, we want all students to attend and graduate college – technical, community and/or four-year institutions.”
Tennessee led the country in FAFSA completion for three years prior to the 2018 FAFSA completion season, when the state tied with Louisiana for top state.
“TN Promise created a sense of urgency and weight around FAFSA completion, but more importantly it aligned community resources,” says Krissy DeAlejandro, tnAchieves executive director. “Numerous K-12, post-secondary, business and nonprofit partners work together to ensure every student has the opportunity to complete the FAFSA with the ultimate goal resulting in increased college access and completion. Students are counting on us, and our communities are answering this critical call to action.”
For TN Promise eligibility, high school seniors and current TN Promise college students must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA no later than Feb. 1, 2019. The FAFSA is found here.