2022-2023 TN Path to College Events Registration is Now Open for TN Schools! Register Here!

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (THEC/TSAC) is launching the inaugural TN FAFSA Challenge in order to increase the FAFSA completion rate among students in Tennessee. Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in their college coursework, and obtain a degree. While many schools will have higher FAFSA completion rates by the time students graduate, additional state funding, institutional dollars, and private scholarships may be available if the FAFSA is completed earlier in their senior year of high school. High schools will be recognized at the end of FAFSA season as leaders in FAFSA completion–both overall and year to year. Schools will be able to track their progress using the data visualizations on the TN FAFSA Frenzy page of CollegeForTN. 

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FAFSA Champions

There are two ways a high school can earn FAFSA Champion status:

(1) Increase their Tennessee Promise applicant FAFSA completion rate by 5 percentage points or more compared to the previous academic year as of the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline

(2) Have 95% or more of their Tennessee Promise applicants complete the FAFSA as of the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline

2021-2022 FAFSA CHAMPIONS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Clarksville High School, Dyer County High School, Houston High School, Morristown West High School, Nolensville High School, Northwest High School

MEDIUM SCHOOLS

Alvin C. York Institute, Camden Central High School, Central Magnet School, Claiborne High School, Creek Wood High School, Crockett County High School, Cumberland Gap High School, East Hickman High School, East Ridge High School, Gatlinburg Pittman High School, Grainger High School, Greenbrier High School, Grundy County High School, Hardin County High School, Hickman County Senior High School, Hume – Fogg High School, Johnson County High School, Kingsbury High School, L&N STEM Academy, Lewis County High School, Liberty Technology Magnet High School, Maplewood High School, Marshall County High School, McNairy Central High School, Millington High School, Power Center Academy High School, RePublic High School, Riverside High School, Scotts Hill High School, Sequoyah High School (Monroe), South Gibson County High School, South Side High School, STEM Prep High School, Stone Memorial High School, Summertown High School, Sweetwater High School, Tellico Plains High School, Union County High School, Westmoreland High School

SMALL SCHOOLS

Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, City University School of Liberal Arts, Clinch School, Collinwood High School, Copper Basin High School, Eagleville School, Frank Hughes School, Gordonsville High School, Greenback High School, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Hampshire Unit School, Holloway High School, Humboldt Junior/Senior High School, Lake County High School, MCS Prep School – Northwest, Melrose High School, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Metro Nashville Virtual School, Mitchell High School, Peabody High School, Perry County High School, Renaissance High School, Sunbright School, The Middle College at Austin Peay State University, Trousdale County High School, Tyner Academy, Unaka High School, Washburn School, Wayne County High School

Highest Completion

Awarded to schools with the highest overall Tennessee Promise applicant FAFSA completion rate as of the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline

Large School – More than 250 seniors

Nolensville High School

Medium School – 100 – 249 seniors

Riverside High School

Small School – Less than 100 seniors

Clinch School, Frank Hughes School, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Perry County High School

Most Improved

Awarded to schools with the most improved Tennessee Promise applicant FAFSA completion rate compared to the previous year as of the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline

Large School – More than 250 seniors

Dyer County High School

Medium School – 100 – 249 seniors

Hardin County High School

Small School – Less than 100 seniors

Copper Basin High School

High School Recognition

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Designated schools will receive wall clings to display proudly in school hallways.

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Designated schools will be recognized on CollegeForTN, social media, and in College Access and Success Newsletters.

Acknowledgement

Congratulatory letters will be sent to designated directors of schools, school principals, and counseling staffs.

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