Community Support to Ensure Students Remain Enrolled TNPromise

 

Contact:

Mark Sturgis

Executive Director Seeding Success

mark@seeding-success.org

 

Or

Shelby County Schools

mediarelations@scsk12.org

 

For immediate release:

 

The state of Tennessee has made tuition at public 2-year community colleges and any of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology free to any student who enrolls in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program and meets all the program requirements, including completing the FAFSA by Feb. 15, 2015.

As of November 1,2014, 83% of Shelby County seniors completed the TNPromise application. If all these students went on to attend a postsecondary opportunity, it would represent a dramatic improvement for Shelby County. Of the class of 2013-14 only 55% of graduating students went on to attend an opportunity after high school.  This has significant implications for individual earning potential and the economic outlook for Shelby County.

As of January 30, 2015 only 36% of Shelby County students (37% in Shelby County Schools) had completed the FAFSA, this means almost 4,000 potentially eligible students will leave money on the table, limiting their access to a postsecondary opportunity.

To help more students remain eligible for TN Promise and enroll in college, community partners have been collaborating with SCS and the ASD to coordinate resources through a Seeding Success Collaborative Action Network convened by the Memphis Talent Dividend. Through this network, and through the tireless effort of school counselors and staff, students and families can still take advantage of free opportunities in the community to complete their FAFSA.

Options for parents and families can be found directly from their school and school counselor or at:

www.fafsamemphis.org: A listing of community FAFSA events across the county, toolkits for community partners, and resources for completing a FAFSA. Events this week include

  • The University of Memphis: During the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pmthe University of Memphis will provide one-on-one FAFSA completion support, complete with computer access, to help people complete the FAFSA right there, on the spot, on weekdays between February 2 and February 13.  Interested guests can report to 103 Wilder Tower for assistance.  Please remind people to bring in their W-2’s (or their 2014 tax returns if they have already filed) with them.  Questions, call the Support Center at 901.678.2501.
  • College Goal Tennessee, a non-profit program that provides free information and assistance to Tennessee families applying for financial assistance for higher education, will be hosting an event at Southwest Community College from 2-4PM on Sunday Feb. 15th.  College Goal Tennessee mobilizes financial aid professionals from Tennessee colleges, universities, career colleges, and technology centers to help families of college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required form for students seeking financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans, throughout the nation. Location: Southwest TN Community College Academic Building 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134, USA

www.fafsa.ed.gov: The federal website to complete a FAFSA

 

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