ETSU Promise Plus


ETSU Promise Plus Scholars are first-time, full-time freshmen eligible for the Tennessee Education Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship and the maximum Pell Grant. If any tuition and program-service-fee costs are left after these funds have been applied, ETSU pays them for Promise Plus Scholars.

  • By maintaining your eligibility, you’ll never have to pay tuition or program service fees during the four years of your Promise Plus Scholarship, even if they go up.
  • If you live on campus, you’ll also receive a $1500 housing scholarship annually for four years.
  • Two of your family members will receive free memberships in the Buccaneer Family Association (a $75 value).

Promise Plus Scholars are committed to getting the most out of their ETSU education, so they complete a first-year experience course, attend academic coaching in their freshman year, and participate in career development activities throughout their time at ETSU. By succeeding at ETSU, Promise Plus Scholars pave the way to a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

Request More Information

By the Numbers: Attending ETSU with a Pell Grant and HOPE Scholarship

If you qualify for a full Pell grant and a HOPE scholarship, you'll have money left over after paying ETSU tuition and program-services fees

Use your account balance to cover other costs, such as course fees, residence hall rent, or a meal plan. Half the balance will be available in the fall term and half in the spring. These figures are for the current aid year and are subject to change.

Tuition & Fees


Pell Grant




Balance in student account


ETSU Promise Plus provides the support students need to be successful and reach their dream of earning a college degree by providing:

  • Up to $6,000 on-campus housing scholarship ($1,500 annually)

  • FREE participation in pre-college programs including new student orientation, Preview ETSU (extended orientation), Quest and early move in.

  • A seat in ETSU’s first-year experience course designed to support a successful transition to college

  • Access to faculty and peer mentors

  • Academic tutoring services

  • Career support

  • FREE membership to the Buccaneer Family Association

How Does the Promise Plus Scholarship Work?

ETSU’s Promise Plus Scholars Program covers any tuition and program services costs left over after your Pell grant and Hope scholarship are applied. The amount of funding provided varies from student to student, depending on other public funding you are receiving. The Promise Plus Scholars Program does not pay for books or other expenses, such as course fees, housing, and meal plans.

Request more information about Promise Plus…

Parent/Guardian Information
Additional Information

Learn more about ETSU Promise Plus!