Rulemaking Hearing Public Notice
Tennessee Higher Education Commission Boardroom
Suite 1803, Parkway Towers
404 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Any Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in these proceedings (to review these filings) and may require aid to facilitate such participation should contact the following at least 10 days prior to the hearing:
Hearings will be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, T.C.A. § 4-5-204. For questions and copies of the notice, please contact:
Mr. Peter Abernathy, Senior Associate Executive Director and Attorney
Suite 1900, Parkway Towers, 404 James Robertson Parkway,
Nashville, TN 37243
The Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for all graduating high school seniors, regardless of socioeconomic status or academic performance, to obtain a certificate, diploma, or associate degree, free of tuition and fees. This last-dollar scholarship bridges the funding gap for a student after all other financial aid is applied; provides individual guidance to each participant through a statewide network of volunteer mentors; and engages the student by requiring the student to perform a minimum of eight hours of community service for each semester the scholarship is received.
The proposed rules will allow students who transfer to another postsecondary institution without sufficient time to complete their certificate or degree program to remain eligible for the Promise scholarship. After consulting with postsecondary financial aid offices across the state, TSAC has determined that this provision will greatly benefit students who might otherwise drop from enrollment, by allowing them to continue to receive the scholarship through the original terminating events. These rules also move the summer community service deadline from May 1 to April 1, which will better align with the beginning of TCAT summer terms, and remove the mandatory requirement from the first student-partnering organization meeting. Additional revisions include eliminating the August 1 verification deadline, clarifying that the fall community service deadline of July 1 applies to all students, adjusting the FAFSA due date to be determined by TSAC on an annual basis, and eliminating the renewal application.
Emergency Rules have been filed, effective February 13, 2017, through August 12, 2017, since these revisions are necessary to accommodate circumstances that may arise as early as the fall semester of the 2016 academic year.
The proposed rules may be reviewed at http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules/1640/1640-01-26.20170213.pdf.
Oral or written comments are invited at the hearing. Additionally, written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing to: Peter Abernathy, Senior Associate Executive Director and Counsel, Suite 1510, Parkway Towers, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, telephone 615.532.6065, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, any written comments submitted prior to the hearing must be received by 4:30 PM CST April 7, 2017, to ensure consideration.