College and Career Planning Resources for Students

A new and improved CollegeforTN.org will be your #1 guide for planning your journey from high school to college to career!

A completely new version of the site will launch in the spring of 2016 that will allow you to explore educational and career options and plan for your future after high school. In the meantime, please use the following resources to research colleges and careers in Tennessee:

 

 

Career Exploration

Colleges in Tennessee

 

Career Profiles Research careers using O*Net.

 

Tennessee Electronic Library College Prep Center The Tennessee Electronic Library provides free preparation resources for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.

 

Career Interest Assessments Discover your career interests and how your interests relate to the world of work.

 

Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Tennessee has 27 colleges of applied technology. They are the state's premier providers of technical training for workers to obtain the technical skills necessary for advancement in today's competitive job market.

       

Tennessee Board of Regents The Tennessee Board of Regents system consists of six public universities, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology.

     

University of Tennessee System The University of Tennessee is a public university system with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, and a health sciences campus in Memphis.

     

Private Colleges Learn about private colleges in Tennessee by visiting Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association's list of member institutions.

 

 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Test Preparation

 

TN Promise Learn more about the Tennessee Promise, a scholarship and mentoring program that is focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in Tennessee.

 

Community Colleges Tennessee's Community Colleges system includes 13 community colleges with more than 65 campuses across the state.

 

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship programs and provides information on the different types of financial aid available for college.

 

ACT Sample Questions Practice for the ACT by reviewing sample questions from past tests.

 

Scholarship Finder Fastweb is a free online resource to help you find scholarships to help pay for school.

 

 

 

 

FAFSA FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA application is available here.

 

 

 

 

Federal Student Aid Learn all about financial aid for college at the official home page for the federal student aid programs administered by the US Department of Education.

 

 

 

 

Educator Resources

CollegeforTN.org will relaunch in the spring of 2016 with a new robust suite of college and career planning resources. This launch will include a brand new educator management tool that will allow educators to manage their school's college-going programs and track student progress towards meeting specific college and career planning benchmarks.

We will update this page regularly with information about the transition. Please sign up here to receive email updates about the new CollegeforTN.org and to learn about training opportunities for educators.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we transition to the new CollegeforTN.org. Please explore the following educator resources in the meantime, and do not hesitate to contact CollegeforTN.org [insert email] with any comments or questions you may have.

Path to College Events

Schools and education organizations are invited to participate in Tennessee's Path to College events. Building off of the success of Tennessee’s College App Week, the Path to College events are focused on continuing the momentum and excitement around the college-going process during a student’s junior and senior year. The Path to College events serve as a venue to inform students and their families of college options and the benefits of those options. Path to College events also walk students and families through the steps necessary to pursue their best college option.

The events are typically hosted by high schools, college access organizations, and, more and more often, elementary and middle schools. Typically, a school counselor or similar staff member at a non-profit organization will register for each event. Each of the four Path to College events engage students on four important parts of the college-going process: planning (College Planning Night), applying (College App Week), paying (College Goal Tennessee), and going (College Signing Day).

https://www.tn.gov/gearuptn/topic/path-to-college

 

TN Student Success Course

As part of the Governor's Drive to 55 initiative, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Board of Regents, and Tennessee College Access and Success Network collaborated to produce an online course designed to equip high school students with the skills and information needed to enroll and succeed in higher education. Course content includes information on choosing a college, applying for admission and financial aid, taking steps to enroll in classes and successfully navigate the college campus, and strategies for college success.

https://www.tn.gov/gearuptn/topic/tennessee-student-success-course

 

Scholarships & Financial Aid Resources

Tennessee Promise School Resource Guide
Download a copy of the Tennessee Promise school resource guide here.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship programs and provides information on the different types of financial aid available for college. Use this page to find out information about scholarship programs in Tennessee or to access e*Grands.

Financial Aid Outreach Materials The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.