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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.
Heidi Armstrong Niswonger CARE Advisor

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 having a Senior Financial Aid Night in person on September 23, 2021 at 6 PM. Seniors and their parents are welcome to attend. Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Representative Erika Adams will be presenting in the J. Kent Bewley Lecture Hall. Information discussed will include the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, the FAFSA, and the TN Promise program. Every senior is encouraged to attend this event to learn more about 2-year, 4-year, and technical postsecondary opportunities. 

Tennessee Promise

You should be familiar with the contents of your tnAchieves Class of 2021 student handbook. (Will update once the Class of 2022 handbook is available). 


Please keep in mind the upcoming requirements and deadlines:

  • Apply for the TN Promise Scholarship Program by November 1, 2021.
  • February 1, 2022 is the 2022-2023 FAFSA completion deadline for TN Promise eligibility! If you have filed your 2022-2023 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, 2021 - July 1, 2022.