NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), along with many state partners, are launching a series of initiatives focused on increasing college enrollment in the state. TN FAFSA Frenzy, Scholarship Saturday, and College Application Week are designed to connect students and educators with resources to apply for college and financial aid, while continuing to boost the growing college-going rate in Tennessee, which increased to a historic high of 62.5 percent in 2015. The launch of the events coincides with the opening of the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period on October 1.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 7:13am
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 2:13pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 3:05pm
NASHVILLE – January 19 – During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program officially awarded its one millionth scholarship. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), which administers the TELS program, marked the milestone of having paid out over one million scholarships to Tennessee college students to fund their higher education goals.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 8:11am
Executive director of THEC and TSAC will serve through the end of the year
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Richard G. Rhoda, the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), will retire at the end of the year.
THEC oversees development of the state’s master plan for higher education, makes recommendations for capital appropriations in the governor’s budget, recommends tuition levels, approves new academic programs, and evaluates the state’s education lottery scholarship program. THEC coordinates functions of the Tennessee’s public higher education systems, which consists of nine universities, 13 community colleges and 26 technology centers.
College Goal Sunday Event Will Assist Tennessee Students and Parents Apply for Money to Attend CollegeTuesday, January 26, 2010 | 4:19am
NASHVILLE - Tennessee high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Sunday, Tennessee from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 14, 2010 at any of the 31 participating sites across the state (a site list is attached).
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 | 2:33am
NASHVILLE - Tennessee high school seniors and parents can learn about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 22, 2009 at any of the 35 participating sites across the state. For a list of sites visit: www.TN.gov/collegegoalsunday.
Monday, August 11, 2008 | 4:20am
NASHVILLE - When TSAC began searching for candidates to occupy the newly-named position of Senior Associate Executive Director, the goal was to find a person who had experience in multiple key areas. The new position was created to encompass the job responsibilities of a Staff Attorney as well as to oversee the day-to-day functions in the Business Affairs Department.
Monday, August 11, 2008 | 3:31am
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen recently appointed La-Nikqua Thomas to serve as the 2008-09 Student Board Member for the TSAC Board of Directors. Currently a student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, La-Nikqua officially began her term July 1.
Friday, July 18, 2008 | 10:23am
NASHVILLE - A five-year pilot program has been established for the 2008-09 academic year that will provide financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in health care or dentistry. The goal of the program is to encourage health care providers and dentists to practice in Tennessee health resource shortage areas after becoming licensed. The amount of the award will be $12,000 or the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, books, and equipment, whichever is less.
Friday, July 11, 2008 | 10:45am
NASHVILLE - The Executive Committee of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) recently approved the appointment of Dr. Richard G. Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), as the Interim Executive Director for TSAC. He assumed his responsibilities on July 1.
Thursday, July 10, 2008 | 7:49am
NASHVILLE - A new grant has been approved for the 2008-09 academic year that will assist Tennessee veterans in completing their college education. The grant, known as the Helping Heroes Grant, will be available each year to as many as 375 eligible veterans on a first come, first-served basis and will award $1,000 to students completing at least 12 semester hours each term. Additionally, students who successfully complete between six (6) and eleven (11) hours can receive $500 per semester.