Your first two years tuition free
Cumberland University accepts more Tennessee Promise students than any other four-year institution in the state. With the Tennessee Promise, we’re able to offer you more than a degree. At CU, you’ll enjoy the full college experience on a traditional, historic campus full of exciting moments that make your college experience fun and memorable.
You’ll make lifelong friends and become part of a family of some of the brightest and kindest people we know. With a variety of student organizations and clubs, a vibrant greek life community, intramural sports, and a sweet southern city, you’ll be right where you belong.
What is Tennessee Promise?
Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.
While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admission process. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete and submit eight (8) hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their respective institution.
Who is eligible?
Any high school senior who graduates from a Tennessee eligible high school or completes a Tennessee home school program can apply for the Promise Scholarship. While the Tennessee Promise is available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status, partnering organizations will work with high school guidance counselors to target at-risk students who would otherwise not pursue any education beyond high school.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Our application opens August 1. Our recommended deadline is January 1. Applying by this date will guarantee you receive a decision before spring which gives you a chance to be fully informed about scholarships and other financial aid options available to you.
August 1 - CU Application Opens
Sometimes when you know, you know. Applying between August 1 and October 15 allows you to receive an admissions decision early so you can concentrate on high school senior year activities without having to spend so much time on college admissions.
October 1 - FAFSA Application Opens (FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year will open in December 2023)
*FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year will open in December 2023
Completing the FAFSA is one of the most important things to check off your to-do list when applying for college.
The FAFSA, Free Application for Student Aid, is used to determine if you are eligible for federal, state, school or even private financial aid. By completing the FAFSA, you’ll be able to apply for federal and state grants, loans and work studies, as well as school and private scholarships. Basically, the FAFSA is your first step for receiving monetary assistance for your entire college career. Make certain you have your FAFSA sent to Cumberland University. School code: 003485
November 1 - Tennessee Promise Application Closes
Seniors who are Tennessee residents may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at CU.
March 1 - FAFSA Application Deadline
This is the last day for you to file your FAFSA. Make certain to have your FAFSA sent to Cumberland University. School code: 003485.
April 1 - CU Scholarships Deadline
There are a variety of ways you can pay for your college education and receive financial assistance. We award over $300,000 in private and endowed scholarships every year. Be sure to apply.
July 1 - Complete and report your first 8 hours of TN Promise community service
For you to maintain TN Promise scholarship eligibility, you are required to perform 8 hours of community service prior to each term the award is received.
July 13 - Last day to take the ACT
Last day to take the ACT. Make certain your student has their scores sent to Cumberland University. School code: 3954
*UPDATE: In response to the reduced number of national and state testing dates for ACT and SAT caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cumberland University is suspending the requirement for standardized test scores for students seeking admission as firs-time freshmen. In lieu of standardized testing scores, all students with a high school GPA below 3.0 must complete the Personal Statement and Resilience Questionnaire.
It all starts with the application.
Before your academic journey can begin, you must take the first step and apply. We have enrollment specialists ready to guide you through the entire admissions process and answer all of your questions so you feel confident and ready for your first day at CU.
Contact Us. We’re Here to Help
If you have any questions or need any help through your next steps, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help guide you through this process and discuss your future at Cumberland University.
The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm CST. Please contact the Admissions Office at 615-547-1246 locally or 800-467-0562 to speak with an Enrollment Specialist or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions? We have answers.
Check out our Tennessee Promise FAQs.
If you’ve already been admitted to CU, then you’re ready to officially become part of our Phoenix Family. We can’t wait to add your enthusiasm and new ideas to our campus experience. There are a few more steps left to complete before your first day. You can find all the information you need about confirming your decision, applying for financial aid, living on campus, registering for classes, and attending orientation here.