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

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

Medium School – 100 – 249 seniors

Small School – Less than 100 seniors

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

Medium School – 100 – 249 seniors

Small School – Less than 100 seniors

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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