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TN Fafsa Frenzy

Data Visualizations

TN Promise and FAFSA Submission & Completion Data

TN FAFSA Frenzy Data

About the Data Visualizations

The dashboards display FAFSA completion among Tennessee Promise applicants. When students apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, they do so through the TSAC Student Portal. Each student creates an account with pertinent information to identify them in FAST. FAST then matches TN Promise applicants to their FAFSA records, which TSAC receives daily from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, beginning in late October. The dashboards will be updated with new data each week on Thursdays ONLY through the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline of February 1st. If you would like to review FAFSA filing information for all of your seniors for the full FAFSA cycle, please visit NCAN’s FAFSA tracker and review the information about Federal Student Aid data, below.

Pulling Student-Level Data in FAST

Once a student completes a Tennessee Promise application, you will be able to see that student when you pull the TN Promise report in FAST. This report provides student level data for your high school. Through this report, you are able to determine which TN Promise students have filed their FAFSA and their FAFSA filing date. Review instructions for pulling the FAST TN Promise report here.


FAFSA filing rates for all seniors at your high school may be viewed on the NCAN Form Your Future FAFSA Tracker . The FAFSA Tracker is an interactive dashboard that tracks FAFSA completion among all seniors at the national, state, and local high school level using Federal Student Aid data.

Data Updates

New data is updated in FAST every day, but there is usually a 3-5 day processing period between when a student submits the FAFSA and when the FAFSA filing date is visible in this report. If a student’s FAFSA filing date does not appear on your TN Promise report after 5 days, it may be because the FAFSA is still processing or the student used a different SSN on the FAFSA versus the TN Promise application. Contact your TSAC Outreach Specialist with any questions. Data visualizations on CollegeForTN will be updated each week on Thursdays.

FAFSA Completion vs. FAFSA Submission

The TN FAFSA Challenge and the dashboards focus on complete FAFSAs. What is the difference between a submitted and a completed FAFSA form? Submitted applications reflect all FAFSA forms submitted by students. However, incomplete FAFSAs can be rejected if they are missing key pieces of information. If a FAFSA is submitted but not complete, the applicant will receive an email from the US Department of Education asking them to correct their application. Completed FAFSAs are a subset of all submitted FAFSAs. A completed FAFSA form is necessary to determine eligibility for federal student aid and often other forms of financial aid. While students only need to submit a FAFSA by February 1 to maintain eligibility for the TN Promise, a completed FAFSA is required to receive financial aid.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) FAFSA Filing Data

About the Data

Federal Student Aid provides high schools with current data about their FAFSA submissions and completions so that high schools can track their progress and help to ensure that their students complete a FAFSA. To enable high schools to track their progress, FSA regularly updates estimates for the first 15 months of the application cycle and will cover October of one year through December of the following year.

This data includes the number of students (age 19 or younger based on an FSA determined cutoff date) who are first-time filers of the FAFSA. This report will not include student level data, i.e., it will not list students’ names, only the number of students. FSA data may be downloaded here.

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