Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology to obtain and associates degree.
We welcome transfer students and work with the Tennessee Community College system through the Pathways. However, understand that it can be difficult to complete a BFA program within two years after completing an Associates degree at a community college. BFA programs rely on foundational studio classes which are completed in the freshman and sophomore year. Most students do not receive the correct amount of foundational studio courses in a community college program. Therefore, students entering from a community college will be behind in studio and will need to take those missed classes upon entering. This may result in extending graduation into a fifth year. This only applies to the BFA. If the student comes in seeking our BA in Art, it can be completed in two years.