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Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan University, in an effort to make college more affordable, announces the launch of the TWU Pledge. The TWU Pledge is a last dollar scholarship program beginning in the Fall 2024 semester that will allow incoming freshmen meeting certain criteria to attend Tennessee Wesleyan tuition free.

“For more than 165 years, Tennessee Wesleyan has served many first generation and underserved student populations. The TWU Pledge further demonstrates our commitment to making a college education attainable for those that may not have envisioned themselves being afforded an opportunity to attend a private university,” said Dr. Tyler Forrest, TWU President.

The TWU Pledge 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. The launch of the TWU Pledge is the first step to improving student access and affordability for students across the great state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Wesleyan consistently ranks high among many college and university ranking agencies, often with a cost of attendance well below other regional private and public universities. The TWU Pledge, for those meeting the criteria, will make Tennessee Wesleyan an even better option as students consider their post-secondary education objectives.

The criteria are quite simple to be considered for the TWU Pledge.

·         Student must be an incoming Freshman; transfer students do not qualify.

·         Student must be a resident of Tennessee with at least a 3.0 GPA or 21 on the ACT.

·         Household adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less (based on 2022 tax return)

·         Student must complete the FAFSA by April 1, 2024.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Wesleyan University Office of Admissions at 423-746-5285. To learn more about Tennessee Wesleyan, visit Additionally, TWU will host a Facebook town hall forum on August 24. Follow the page to be part of the conversation about the TWU Pledge and have any additional questions answered.