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  • State Aid Summary 2021 22 - Information about grants and scholarships that do NOT have to be repaid. 

     

     

    In order to remain TN Promise eligible, students must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA by February 1, 2022. Apply for FAFSA here. 

     

    Please click the links below for information on how to complete the FAFSA.The FAFSA application opens October 1 and closes February 1.The earlier you apply, the more grant money you may receive.  

    Click the links below on how to complete your FAFSA application.

    3 step FAFSA application TSAC

    College for TN Financial Aid webinars

    THEC TSAC FAFSA Line-by-Line Webinar (How to complete the FAFSA application online)

    FAFSA application 

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     Tennessee Promise: 

    • Offers 2 years of tuition free community or technical college to high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015.
    • No GPA, ACT or income requirements
    • Complete 8 hours of community service
    • Students must apply online at tnpromise.gov by November 1, 2021.
    • Attend mandatory meetings or participate in mandatory webinars. Complete FAFSA by February 1 - extended to March 1 as of Jan 2022.  Apply for community college or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) by early spring. We recommend an April 1 application priority date.
    • Once in the program, students must maintain a 2.0, complete 8 hours of community service before the start of each term enrolled and file the FAFSA by February 15 each year.
    • TN Promise brief video

     Tennessee Hope Scholarship (Lottery):

    • Award Amount: Up to $6000/yr for 4 year institutions; Up to $3000/yr for 2 year inst.
    • Students must have a minimum of a 21 ACT OR overall GPA of 3.0
    • No income requirements
    • Students must enroll within 16 months of high school graduation at an eligible institution.
    • Complete FAFSA in order to apply for HOPE
    • Hope Scholarship brief video

     Tennessee Scholars:

    • Recognition Program that involves community business leaders to help motivate all students to complete a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college and their careers.
    • Medallion worn at graduation
    • Wilson County Tennessee Scholar Graduation held at Cumberland University
    • Gold seal on diploma
    • Permanent stamp on diploma
    • Preferential hiring for TN Scholars
    • Local, state & national recognition
    • TN Scholars requirements are on the web at tennesseescholars.org
    • Note: 80 hours community service, NO out-of-school suspensions and 95% attendance is required
    • C/O 2022: 60 hours community service hours. Absences due to COVID-19 or quarantine not counted against student. 
    • TN Scholars Checklist
  • Counseling Calendar - Dates and some events may vary annually. 

    July 

    New student registration. 

    Wildcat Wildcat Welcome camp

    Counselors return two weeks before teachers

    9th grade parent/student night

     

    August

    Students begin the fall term.

    Schedule changes allowed 1st 5 days of fall term. 

    School wide Open house

    PSAT registration

     

    September

    Parent/teacher conferences

    College Fair

    What’s Your Future week activities

    TN Promise/Fin. Aid mtg

    Grade level meetings 10-12 to distribute transcripts.

    ASVAB registration

     

    October

    TN Promise for Seniors

    PSAT pre-bubble and PSAT exam

    FAFSA assistance night

    Senior ACT exam

    Governor’s School applications


    November

    TN Promise deadline

    ASVAB testing for 11th/12th grades 

    Visit 9th grade to complete 4-year plans

    Governor’s School applications

    Future scheduling preparation

    Holiday benevolence

     

    December

    State testing

    ASVAB results

    Future scheduling preparation (course rec)

    Holiday benevolence

     

    January

    PSAT results

    Future Scheduling activities (visit classrooms, discuss course rec)



    February

    FAFSA deadline for TN Promise

    Future Scheduling - Course registration

    Parent-teacher conferences

    Middle school visits to rising freshmen


    March

    ACT for 11th grade/Pareto 10th grade/State testing

    Dual Enrollment info for the upcoming academic year


    April 

    State testing

    Rising freshmen visit WCHS

     

    May

    Senior awards

    Department awards

    Senior breakfast

    Senior banquet

    Graduation

    TN Scholars ceremony

     

    June

    Counselors work two weeks after students’ last day. 

    Summer school scheduling 

    Fall semester scheduling 




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