Resources and Tips for Metro Schools Seniors

Senior year is exciting and a time for celebrating but also preparing for life after graduation. For those graduates who plan to move on to college or post-secondary education, this page offers resources and tips to help Metro Schools seniors prepare. There is also information on financial aid, FAFSA submission, scholarships, and important deadlines.

Seniors, be sure to check out the ACT page if you need test-taking information.


Order Transcripts

Request your transcripts be sent to your college as soon as possible. Colleges cannot enroll and register you for classes until they have received all of your necessary paperwork.

Visit Order a Transcript to request your records.


Important Dates

Check the seniors calendar page for some of these important dates.  

Tennessee Promise
Deadline: November 1, 2021.

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and a mentoring program, and it covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees that are not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award.

The Tennessee Promise application is available in the TSAC Student Portal

Students will need to provide:

  • First Name and Last Name – as it appears on the Social Security card
  • Student’s Social Security Number – as it appears on the Social Security card
  • Student’s Date of Birth
  • Student’s email address (if available) - THEC/TSAC strongly encourages students to provide a personal email
  • address, rather than a school-issued email address


Tennessee Colleges Application Links & Deadlines

On the College for TN website, students can find information from many Tennessee colleges in one convenient document that includes: 

  • Application how-to videos
  • Application links
  • Application deadlines
  • Fee or fee waiver codes Tennessee Colleges 


FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Application opens: October 1, 2021
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2022
Need help filling out FAFSA?


Watch FAFSA How-To Videos

Watch a playlist with several videos with tips for students and families for completing the FAFSA.



Nashville GRAD

The Nashville GRAD program provides eligible students with financial and academic support while pursuing a full-time education at Nashville State. 

  • $300/semester to reduce (or eliminate) costs with textbooks
  • $100 monthly support paid in two $50 installments (for gas and groceries)
  • A new laptop to help with coursework
  • Financial support to pay for necessary tools and equipment*

How to be a Nashville GRAD 


UT Promise Scholarship

Learn more about UT Promise, an undergraduate scholarship program guaranteeing free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT's campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, and Memphis.


Toolkits & Guides

McGavock Graduate

The Senior Milestones Toolkit provides resources for schools and organizations to assist high school seniors as they complete three college-going milestones:

  • Tennessee Promise application

  • College application

  • FAFSA submission

Created by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation and partners, the site has videos, written instructions, and other resources - whether students are learning in person, in a hybrid setting, or remotely.


Latinx Student

Step by Step Guide to College and Career Planning

Download this college, military and career planning guide, which has sections to record personal information, offers ideas to consider, helps you track planning, and has information on financial aid and scholarships.

Latinx Students

Are you a Latinx student looking for resources for you and your family? Check out these resources from Persist Nashville, a local nonprofit.


Are You a First-Generation College Student?

The local organization Persist Nashville offers resources for you and your family.



On NCAA eligibility: Students are encouraged to complete their NCAA-approved core courses through the channels of instruction provided or recommended by their school, district, or state department of education.

Visit the NCAA website.


Information About Advanced Academic Tests

Learning Resources


Visit the Transcripts & Records page for more information on requesting official transcripts documents.

Better Together: Earn College Credit in High School

MNPS and Nashville State Community College have a partnership called "Better Together" that allows 11th and 12th graders who quality to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Download the flyer and ask your high school counselor for details.