Tennessee State Scholarships & Grants

South College is proud to offer grant and scholarship opportunities to residents of Tennessee for those that qualify.
Tennessee Scholars


Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships

This program provides Tennessee students with scholarship funds from the Tennessee Lottery through the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, “Aspire” Award, Tennessee Hope Access Grant, and General Assembly Merit Scholarship.

These scholarships are awarded based on criteria established by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation and the State of Tennessee. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have their FAFSA processed by the federal processor by the priority deadline established by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. For more information, visit www.tn.gov/collegepays.

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

Available to Tennessee high school seniors applying for admission at South College’s Tennessee learning sites, the Tennessee Promise scholarship provides two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, and maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA). Visit our Tennessee Promise page to learn more about the scholarship.

Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship

Tennessee Reconnect was developed to give those who did not complete college after high school an opportunity to reach their goal of a college degree.

As a last-dollar scholarship, Tennessee Reconnect will provide whatever amount remains after your Pell, HOPE, TSAA, and other financial aid funds are applied, up to $4,200. The Application Fee is waived for eligible TN Reconnect students.


Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

Like the Pell Grant, the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) does not require repayment. Awards are made by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation using the FAFSA needs analysis process. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Tennessee attending a college located in Tennessee.

Funding for this program is limited, and application should be made as soon as possible; the FAFSA opens each year, usually on or after October 1 each year. The deadline for application is set by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation each year. For more information, please visit www.tn.gov/collegepays.

Military and Veteran Programs

Tennessee STRONG Act

We appreciate your service and understand how hard it can be to balance your National Guard duties, home life, work load, and an academic career. Preparing to enter a new and exciting industry takes planning and, on occasion, a little extra help.

South College is honored to participate in the Tennessee Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen (STRONG) Act, which provides opportunities for eligible members of the TN National Guard to receive funding for tuition while earning their first bachelor’s degree over the next four years. This tuition reimbursement program puts the goal of continuing education in reach for those who serve our state and country.

Under TN STRONG, you get the financial assistance you need to pursue your academic goals during your enlistment. To qualify, you must:

  • Be currently serving in the Tennessee National Guard and in good standing
  • Be admitted to and enrolled at an eligible institution
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Apply for and use federal tuition assistance
  • Apply for reimbursement within 90 days of completing your course
  • To learn more, visit the Tennessee STRONG Act website.