Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Promise Plus

ETSU Promise Plus

ETSU Promise Plus is an exciting new program at East Tennessee State University for first-time, full-time freshmen eligible for the Tennessee Education Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship and the maximum Pell Grant. Unlike any other promise scholarships available to Tennessee residents, ETSU Promise Plus provides last-dollar tuition assistance and program services fees, PLUS more.

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Fall 2020 & Spring 2021: Pell Grant & HOPE Scholarship Only

First-time freshmen & transfer students

*Your remaining funds can go toward other costs you may have (for example, course fees, residence hall rent, or dining plan). Half of the balance will be available in the fall and half in the spring term.

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Launching in fall 2020, this new program provides the support students need to be successful and reach their dream of earning a college degree by providing:

  • Up to $6,000 on-campus housing scholarship ($1,500 annually)

  • FREE participation in pre-college programs including new student orientation, Preview ETSU (extended orientation), Quest and early move in.

  • A seat in ETSU’s first-year experience course designed to support a successful transition to college

  • Access to faculty and peer mentors

  • Academic tutoring services

  • Career support

  • FREE membership to the Buccaneer Family Association

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What does ‘last-dollar’ mean?

Last-dollar programs consider any additional public funding or grants that the student is eligible for, like a federal Pell Grant. The amount of last-dollar funding that will be provided to cover the tuition and program services fees will vary from student to student and will depend on other public funding for which the student is eligible. Last-dollar programs only cover the last-dollar amount of costs left over after other financial aid is applied. The ETSU Promise Plus Program will only cover the last-dollar amount of tuition and program services fees. It does not pay for books or other post-secondary expenses, including, but not limited to, course fees, housing, meal plan costs, late registration fees, etc.

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