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Top 43 Tennessee Scholarships in February 2024

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: October 11th, 2023

Known for its rich musical history in Memphis and Nashville and the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Tennessee is a great state for everyone. The “Volunteer State” has a number of outstanding colleges and opportunities for Tennessee scholarships as well. Check out our list of the top Tennessee scholarships for college and graduate students!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Al Mance Memorial Ethnic Minority Male Scholarship

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Al Mance Memorial Ethnic Minority Male Scholarship awards $1,000 to one male ethnic minority undergraduate or graduate student who is…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Al Mance Memorial Ethnic Minority Male Scholarship awards $1,000 to one male ethnic minority undergraduate or graduate student who is…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Al Mance Memorial Ethnic Minority Male Scholarship awards $1,000 to one male ethnic minority undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled in a Tennessee college or university and who is preparing to become a teacher.Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Apply

TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Education Support Professional (ESP) Scholarship

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Education Support Professional (ESP) Scholarship awards $1,000 to one currently employed Education Support Professional (ESP) who is an undergraduate or…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Education Support Professional (ESP) Scholarship awards $1,000 to one currently employed Education Support Professional (ESP) who is an undergraduate or…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Education Support Professional (ESP) Scholarship awards $1,000 to one currently employed Education Support Professional (ESP) who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a Tennessee college or university and who is preparing to become a teacher.Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

American Legion Department of Tennessee Eagle Scout of The Year

Offered by American Legion Department of Tennessee

1 award worth $3,000 - $13,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by American Legion Department of Tennessee

The American Legion Department of Tennessee is seeking the best and brightest Eagle Scouts for their Eagle Scout of The Year scholarship. Nominees must be…Show More

The American Legion Department of Tennessee is seeking the best and brightest Eagle Scouts for their Eagle Scout of The Year scholarship. Nominees must be…Show More

The American Legion Department of Tennessee is seeking the best and brightest Eagle Scouts for their Eagle Scout of The Year scholarship. Nominees must be active members of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew Chartered to an American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit or Sons of The American Legion Squadron. Alternatively, they can be the son, grandson or great-grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member in good standing. Even if you're still in high school and have reached your 18th birthday, you're still eligible if you meet the other requirements. Nomination forms are available to all American Legion Post Commanders, Adjutants, Sons, Auxiliary Department and Eagle Scouts in December. The winner of The American Legion, Department of Tennessee Eagle Scout of The Year will receive a $3,000 scholarship and will compete for $10,000 at the American Legion National scholastic scholarships.Show Less

1 award worth $3,000 - $13,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Get Started

TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Sons and Daughters Scholarship

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Sons and Daughters Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a Tennessee…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Sons and Daughters Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a Tennessee…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Sons and Daughters Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a Tennessee college or university in preparation for becoming a teacher, or who an undergraduate or graduate student preparing to become a teacher and who are enrolled in a Tennessee college or university. All applicants must be children of TEA members. This scholarship is specifically designed for those who are planning to, or already are, majoring in Education. Don't miss out on this chance to further your education and pursue your dreams!Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Future Teachers of America Scholarship

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Tennessee Education Association

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Future Teachers of America Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are passionate about education. If you're…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Future Teachers of America Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are passionate about education. If you're…Show More

The TEA Don Sahli-Kathy Woodall Future Teachers of America Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors who are passionate about education. If you're planning to major in education and attend a Tennessee college or university, this scholarship is for you! To be eligible, your high school must have an FTA Chapter affiliated with TEA. Don't miss out on this chance to pursue your dreams and make a difference in the lives of future generations!Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Queener Law

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Queener Law

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each…Show More

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each…Show More

The Noah Thomas Foster Memorial Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university. Each year, it awards $1,500 to one (1) high school senior from Tennessee, Kentucky, or Colorado. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Theodore Mazza Scholarship

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

4 awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one…Show More

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one…Show More

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one of the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin. Applicants must plan on enrolling full-time in an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States. The scholarships may be renewed for up to four years of an undergraduate program, allowing recipients to earn a total of $6,000 total over their undergraduate career. If you're a high school senior who resides in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from an eligible state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

4 awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Twisted Pink

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Twisted Pink

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship due to a parent currently living with metastatic breast cancer who wishes to seek higher education as a post-high school graduate. At this time scholarship applications will be considered from individuals living in IN, KY, OH, or TN. To apply for the Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship, submit a written essay about the subject of your choice, no more than five pages in length. Applicants should include proof of nominee qualifications either in the form of an obituary, a copy of the death certificate, or a signed letter from the parents’ medical oncologist. Applications should be submitted to: Twisted Pink – Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award, 8016 Vinecrest Avenue #2, Louisville, KY 40222. Email applications can be sent to [email protected] with the Subject "Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award".Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Dependent Children Scholarship Program

Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Multiple awards worth $13,260
Deadline Jul 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their…Show More

The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their…Show More

The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their heroic parents have tragically lost their lives or suffered permanent disabilities while dutifully serving, this scholarship is here to help. Open to full-time undergraduate students attending an eligible Tennessee postsecondary institution, this scholarship offers a chance to pursue one's academic dreams without financial worries. Keep up the good work academically, and this scholarship can support you for up to four academic years. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $13,260
Deadline Jul 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Bird Dog Foundation Annual Youth Art Contest

Offered by The National Bird Dog Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline Jan 15, 2025
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by The National Bird Dog Foundation

Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If…Show More

Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If…Show More

Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Bird Dog Foundation Annual Youth Art Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $2,000 to applicants who submit the best art depicting wildlife and related themes such as nature conservation. The contest is hosted by The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee, which is “dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of bird dog, field trial, and hunting traditions.” If you live within a 75-mile radius of Grand Junction, Tennessee, and want to put your artistic talents to good use, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline Jan 15, 2025
Grade Level High School Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Lawrence Strader Boy Scouts of America Scholarship

Offered by East Tennessee Foundation

Multiple awards worth $7,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by East Tennessee Foundation

Are you a high school senior who has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America in Tennessee for at least three years? If…Show More

Are you a high school senior who has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America in Tennessee for at least three years? If…Show More

Are you a high school senior who has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America in Tennessee for at least three years? If so, consider applying for the Lawrence Strader Boy Scouts of America Scholarship! The scholarship is open to low-income BSA (Boy Scouts of America) members from select Tennessee counties who will be enrolling full-time in a four-year university. The scholarship is offered by the East Tennessee Foundation, a public charity and community foundation. The foundation was created by and for the people of East Tennessee to better the lives of the community. By collecting and managing contributions from donors, they deliver grants and scholarships to deserving Tennessee students. With this scholarship, they hope to support low-income members of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded $7,000 per year for up to four years of their degree program. If you are an incoming college student from Tennessee and a member of the BSA, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $7,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Ned McWherter Scholars Program

Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Multiple awards worth $6,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is a great opportunity for academically excellent Tennessee high school seniors to pursue their post-secondary education in-state. Applicants must have…Show More

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is a great opportunity for academically excellent Tennessee high school seniors to pursue their post-secondary education in-state. Applicants must have…Show More

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is a great opportunity for academically excellent Tennessee high school seniors to pursue their post-secondary education in-state. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a score of 29 on the ACT or SAT equivalent, and attend any college or university in Tennessee. This scholarship is the perfect way for Tennessee residents to kickstart their college careers. Don't miss out on this incredible chance to achieve academic excellence in The Volunteer State! Show Less

Multiple awards worth $6,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
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How to win Tennessee scholarships

Tennessee is a perfect state for you to pursue your degree as it is home to lots of big cities, small towns, country music, beautiful mountains, and lots more. In order to win Tennessee scholarships and make your educational journey affordable, you will need to connect what makes Tennessee special to what makes you special. 

For example, perhaps you grew up going to small country shows in Nashville watching suture music stars be discovered and now you want to be a PR agent. Or perhaps hiking the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains inspired your interest in becoming a park ranger. Whatever your personal interests, connect it back to your life as a Tennessean (or a hopeful future Tennessean!) This will help you stand out in the scholarship application pool and demonstrate how much the state of Tennessee means to you. 

By embracing your individuality and connecting it to the awesome characteristics of Tennessee, you can make a compelling case for why you are deserving of Tennessee scholarships. Celebrate your commitment to the “Volunteer State” in order to increase your chances of winning Tennessee scholarships! 

Writing resources for writing Tennessee scholarship essays

Tennessee scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. These scholarships may prefer you to write a scholarship resume. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be flawless from head to toe! 

Tennessee student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, Tennessee residents owe $31.4 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $36,418 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 51.8% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships in Tennessee colleges, as well as some top scholarships in Tennessee!

Merit scholarship at Tennessee colleges and universities

University of Tennessee

  • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate high academic performance
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: December 15

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who meet a wide range of competitive criteria 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Vanderbilt University

  • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise, are typically in the top 1% of freshmen applicants
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: December 1

Rhodes College

  • Eligibility: Freshmen who demonstrate academic talent, service and leadership achievements
  • Amount: $28,000 up to $40,000
  • Deadline: December 1

University of Memphis

  • Eligibility: First year students based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: December 1

Belmont University

  • Eligibility: Admitted first year students with strong academic credentials with a 27+ ACT, 1240+ SAT and a 3.7+ GPA
  • Amount: $3,000 up to $12,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Belmont University

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Tennessee universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

University of Tennessee

  • In-state tuition: $13,244
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,664

University of Memphis

  • In-state tuition: $10,344
  • Out-of-state tuition: $21,264

How do you get in-state tuition? 

Being a Tennessee resident significantly reduces the price of tuition at Tennessee institutions. In order to become a Tennessee resident for tuition purposes, you will need to physically reside in the state of Tennessee for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the start of college. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate an intent to establish Tennessee as your primary domicile rather than residing in the state solely for education purposes. Some ways to establish intent is by obtaining a Tennessee driver’s license, registering to vote in Tennessee, and filing taxes in Tennessee. Some Tennessee institutions may consider additional factors when determining residency status, so double check with your intended institution on their residency requirements! 

Does Tennessee offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, Tennessee is a member state of the Academic Common Market which is a tuition reciprocity program among select Southern states. This means that favorable college tuition rates may be available in nearby states. 

Additional Tennessee resources

College Pays TN

This is a “one stop shopping” website for Tennessee students, including financial aid and FAFSA information. The website includes resources to assist not only high school, current college students, and adults returning to college, but also for families interested in college planning for their school age children. Bookmark this one!

FAFSA Guide

Remember, the FAFSA opens up in October and the sooner you complete it, the better. The FAFSA deadline in Tennessee is February 1st of each year. If you are looking for step-by-step guidance on the FAFSA, you can check out our FAFSA guide for assistance.

Frequently asked questions about Tennessee scholarships

What type of scholarships does Tennessee offer?

Tennessee offers a lot of different types of scholarships both for Tennessee residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

Do I need to be a Tennessee resident to receive Tennessee scholarships?

Not necessarily! Many Tennessee scholarships may require applicants to be residents; however, there are also many scholarships that are open to non-Tennessee residents. Ultimately, make sure you are researching scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for!

Can international students apply for Tennessee scholarships?

Some Tennessee scholarships may be available to international students while others are specifically for U.S. citizens. You should check the eligibility requirements for each scholarship to determine if you are eligible to apply!
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