Through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program and the South College Opportunity Grant, Tennessee high school seniors and recent graduates under 19 may be eligible for get 2 years of free tuition for many associate degree and certificate programs at approved institutions, including South College.
Thousands of students have graduated from South College in highly employable fields like nursing, business, criminal justice, health sciences, and legal studies. All of our programs are designed to help you become a knowledgeable and marketable professional, with real-world examples and hands-on attention from professors—even in online programs.
Tennessee Promise Eligible Programs
*These programs are only available at our Knoxville campus
Tennessee Promise recipients receive their first two years of tuition for free in most Associate degree programs as long as all qualifications are met. Ask for details.
Why Choose South College?
TN Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, so it covers any tuition and mandatory fees that aren’t paid for by the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship, state student assistance funds, or other means of financial aid.
At residential colleges, TN Promise doesn’t cover housing, meal plans, and other costs. But since South College students live at home and take classes at one of our nearby campuses, they don’t have those additional costs.
Because South College offers not only TN Promise-eligible certificates and associate degrees but also bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, there’s no limit to how far you can take your education without having to change schools.
After your first two years of full-time study, you may also be able to apply your credits to a bachelor’s degree, and work either full or part time to complete it. With online degree programs at South College, it’s even easier to jump into your career and continue your education at the same time.
Students who receive the TN Promise Scholarship must be enrolled full time, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and complete 8 hours of community service or job shadowing per term. To learn more about the application deadlines and process, visit the Tennessee Promise website. Career Counselors: Click here for a printable TN Promise flyer.
South College Opportunity Grant
The South College Opportunity Grant (SCOG) is a last resort grant for students who are eligible to participate in the Tennessee Promise Program.
The SCOG will be awarded if any amount of tuition and fees charged for a term of study, is not covered by the Federal Pell Grant, Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. The SCOG will only be applied to the remaining outstanding institutional charges as long as the student maintains eligibility in the Tennessee Promise program.
Loss of eligibility in the Tennessee Promise Program will result in the loss of the South College Opportunity Grant.
Not all Tennessee Promise eligible programs are eligible for the South College Opportunity Grant. Please see the Office of Financial Aid or speak with an Admissions Staff representative for more details.