Parent Perceptions of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program

Elizabeth N Fields, Tennessee State University


The focus of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of parents located in one middle Tennessee school district regarding the Tennessee Promise scholarship. The perception of the parents regarding the role of the school counselor in assisting families in the college choice process for high school seniors as they prepare for after high school pathways was also examined. A collective case study design was used to conceptualize the data and interpret the findings. A parent survey and follow up interviews were the primary methods of data collection. The majority of the 17 parents had a positive perception of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program. Some did not have a clear understanding of the program. Most higher-income parents did not plan to use the program, believing their child would be better served at a 4-year institution, but still believed the program would benefit many other students. Some mentioned political implications of the program. Lower-income parents believed the program was valuable and planned to encourage their child to attend a community college or one of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. Parents also questioned the transferability of credits between institutions. Parents felt that school counselors should inform and assist with the decision-making process.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Education|Educational administration

Recommended Citation

Elizabeth N Fields, "Parent Perceptions of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program" (2023). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI30248223.