TWU Pledge

Making College More Affordable

The TWU Pledge

The TWU Pledge is a last-dollar tuition scholarship that will allow HOPE Scholarship eligible new freshman students with a family adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less to attend Tennessee Wesleyan University tuition-free beginning in Fall 2024! As we look to improve student access and affordability, particularly in McMinn County and other counties adjacent to us, the TWU Pledge will be a first step towards ensuring that happens.

For more information feel free to reach out to an Admissions Counselor or Financial Aid Counselor who can help you determine eligibility.
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When will the TWU Pledge become available

The TWU Pledge will available with the freshman class enrolling in the Fall of 2024.

Are out-of-state- students eligible?

No, the TWU Pledge is only open to Tennessee residents.

What are the eligibility requirements for the TWU Pledge?

To be considered for the TWU Pledge, you must be an incoming Freshmen. (Transfer students do not qualify.) You must be a TN resident, with at least a 3.0 GPA or 21 on the ACT, with a family adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less (based on 2022 tax returns), and you must complete the FAFSA.


1: How do I know if I am eligible for TWU Pledge?
A: If your 2022 tax return for your household shows an Adjusted Gross Income of $36,000 or less, then you are eligible. You must also have either a 3.0 high school GPA or a 21 on the ACT to receive TWU Pledge.

2: When can I apply to TWU?
A: You can apply on our website now for free!

3: Is TWU Pledge just for the first year?
A: The TWU Pledge is renewable for all years of undergrad at TWU if you maintain the GPA requirements.

4: What GPA do I need to keep to still receive TWU Pledge?
A: You must remain HOPE scholarship eligible. For freshman and sophomores, you must have a 2.75 GPA. For junior and senior years, you must keep a 3.0 GPA.

5: Can I go to another school for my first year and then transfer in and still receive TWU Pledge?
A: Unfortunately not. TWU Pledge is just for incoming freshman in Fall 2024.

6: Do I still have to pay for my books?
A: Fees, books, and housing are not included. You can use excess scholarships or loans to cover any other charges. Payment plans are also available as early as April.

7: Do I need to file the FAFSA?
A: Yes, the FAFSA must be filed to qualify as this is how we will verify your tax information. The FAFSA will open in December. TWU’s school code is 003525.

8: My parents made more than $36,000 in 2022 but now they are divorced. Would I be eligible?
A: The Student Financial Services Office can perform a Professional Judgement, changing the tax information in certain situations. You would just need to provide additional documentation for us to do this. If the result is a $36,000 or less AGI, then you would be eligible.

9: How do I know if TWU is the right fit for me?
A: We invite you to schedule a tour on campus so you can see all that TWU has to offer. Contact our Admissions team or schedule a tour on our website.

10: How much is the TWU Pledge?
A: The TWU Pledge dollar amount is going to vary as this is a last-dollars scholarship. After all institutional aid, state aid, and federal grants have been applied, we will cover the remaining tuition amount with TWU Pledge.

11: I qualify for the Pell Grant? Do I get TWU Pledge too?
A: TWU Pledge does not consider Pell Grant eligibility. It is based solely on the AGI and GPA/ACT.


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