Paying For School

The Good News

A certificate or degree can be earned with no student loan debt thanks to programs such as Tennessee Promise, which provides two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

Your Future

YSYF aims to connect students and parents to the resources needed to ensure an academic and career path to a successful future. That’s why we’ve included convenient, direct links to make the process as simple as possible.

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, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.



The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the ticket to federal money for college and many other types of scholarships as well.

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more than $150 billion in student aid each year.

Your eligibility for federal grants (which don’t have to be repaid) and federal loans (which do) will generally be based on your financial need, as determined by the information you supply on your FAFSA.


Cleveland State
Cleveland State Community College Scholarships
Search the Cleveland State Community College scholarship database for opportunities you might be eligible for. Be sure to follow directions for any scholarship application.
TCAT: Athens
TN College of Applied Technology - Athens
Most Tennessee citizens 18 years of age or older are eligible for up to $2,000 a year for full-time enrollment from the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship program to attend a Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Contact your local school guidance counselor or career center for more information about local scholarships and financial aid available to help you pursue your career