More than 53,000 tnAchieves Class of 2019 TN Promise students filed the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2019, breaking the previous year’s record. In fact, this number is the largest in tnAchieves’ history to date. The FAFSA, a federal application, is the primary financial aid application that any student enrolling in post-secondary must complete in order to determine some state and federal scholarship and grant qualifications.
“The FAFSA application process can often times be the most challenging application families will face prior to post-secondary enrollment,” says tnAchieves Senior Director of Communications, Amanda Bolden, “Students who file the FAFSA have access to more financial aid and have more post-secondary opportunities. tnAchieves is excited for every student and family that has filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA because this helps the student to be one step closer to enrolling in college.”
According to Data Insight Partners, Tennessee is leading the country in FAFSA completion rate for the 2019-2020 academic year, with over 74% of current high school seniors completing a FAFSA as of March 8, 2019. Tennessee has been the leader in FAFSA completion three of the last four years, tying with Louisiana for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Collectively, 93% of the tnAchieves TN Promise college cohort filed the FAFSA to continue receiving aid for the 2019-2020 academic year.
tnAchieves is the partnering organization to TN Promise in 84 of Tennessee’s 95 counties and is responsible for all non-financial components of the program.