FAFSA Deadline Update: The FAFSA deadline for TN Promise and the TN Student Assistance Award has been extended to March 1, 2022.

Overview

The Dependent Children Scholarship Program provides aid for Tennessee residents who are dependent children of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician who has been killed or totally and permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment. The parent must be a Tennessee resident and have been on duty when the incident occurred. The scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students attending eligible Tennessee institutions.

Award Information

Awards are made in equal installments each term throughout the academic year. The award may be renewed three times for a total of four years or the period required for the completion of the program of study, whichever is less. The recipient must be enrolled full-time and maintain institutional satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible. The awards are subject to funding.

Eligibility

 To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be a Tennessee resident and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, and
  • be a dependent of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician at the time of the incident, and

complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):  click here and have a valid EFC.

Application

An application, in order to be considered complete, must be accompanied by:

  • documentation detailing that the parent who was a law enforcement officer, fireman, or emergency medical service technician was killed or is now permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment.

To apply, visit and submit an application on the TSAC Student Portal by clicking the Apply Now button. TSAC must receive the completed application and required documentation by July 15.

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