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College Process

This page will help provide assistance and information regarding the college process: admissions, financial aid, and much more.

Niswonger CARE Advisor

Our NiswongerCARE Advisor will be available to assist our students through any challenges you may face while working towards your higher education enrollment. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or issues you may have.
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College Honors Programs

This information will be especially helpful for students that are interested in challenging themselves in a collegiate level honors program.  Our Niswonger CARE Advisor, Heidi, helped compile documentation regarding nearby colleges and universities' honors programs. 

Senior Financial Aid

This year we will not be having a Senior Financial Aid Night in person. THEC/TSAC are instead offering Webinars 4 times a day beginning Monday, August 10th. If you are planning to continue your education in the state of Tennessee after graduation, we suggest you attend one of these webinars. If you are going to attend a webinar, you must register prior.
You can find a downloaded version of one of the webinars at this link: ( 

Tennessee Promise

You should be familiar with the contents of your tnAchieves Class of 2021 student handbook.


Please keep in mind the upcoming requirements and deadlines:

  • Apply for the TN Promise Scholarship Program by November 2, 2020.
  • February 1, 2021 is the 2021-2022 FAFSA completion deadline for TN Promise eligibility! If you have filed your 2021-2022 FAFSA, please save your confirmation email. If you have not yet  filed your FAFSA, you must do so as soon as possible!
  • Attend your mandatory spring meeting which will be announced once the date is determined. Student attendance is required at this meeting for TN Promise eligibility.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend but cannot attend for the student. If a student has an excusable absence (see policy #2 on pg. 41 of the student handbook), the student must follow the excuse form protocol highlighted on pg. 8 of the student handbook and complete a meeting excuse form. tnAchieves must recieve a completed meeting excuse form any time prior to the meeting or withing 72 hours of the conclusion of the student's assigned team meeting in order for the excuse to be considered. A student's failure to attend the mandatory meeting will result in the loss of the student's TN Promise scholarship. If a student is approved to miss their assigned meeting, the student will be required to attend another institution's meeting to satisfy the mandatory meeting requirement. 

  • Apply to college! Many admissions applications can be found on the college website. If you have not yet applied to college, you are encouraged to do so now.
  • Community service hours (8 hours) will need to be completed between November 3, 2020 - July 1, 2021.