Seniors should take advantage of Free College App Month, Eason says


Karin Eason spent all week sounding the alarm.

South Side’s graduation coach and college advisor wants all seniors to know that September is Free College Application Month. That means colleges in our area and throughout the country are waiving the application fee through the end of this month.

“And all that can be accessed through your emails,” Eason said. “If you need me to help you create your TSAC account, apply for Tennessee Promise or apply to a college, you can email me at [email protected]. I’m located in Tech Prep.”

Eason made her comments during an interview with Hawk TV’s Jaycee Lynn and Cam’ron Dumas. She also wants to remind seniors of a few other important items.

“Tennessee Promise opened August 1,” she said. “If you have not already applied, please do so. You will do that through your TSAC account.”

At the beginning of this week, 63 of South Side’s 166 seniors had applied for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, which according to Eason is about $4,500 per year for two years.

Hawk TV talked with three seniors to get their thoughts on the college application process.

Shelby Bond plans to attend Jackson State to study nursing for two years and then transfer to UT Martin.

“I will start applying to some of the colleges I’m considering,” she said. “I really think free app month is good.”

Kaitlynn Mayfield told Hawk TV she plans to attend Jackson State to study radiology. She plans to participate in free college application month.

“It’s very beneficial to people who want to apply to multiple colleges and want to save money,” she said.

After high school, Tiara Green plans to attend Jackson State University to study anesthesiology and continue her basketball career.

“It’s fun, but it’s kind of stressful,” Green said of getting everything in order for her postsecondary plans. “It’s a lot, but I’m prepared and I’m ready.”

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to reach out to Eason for help.

“I’ll be glad to help you in any way,” she said.

[COVER PHOTO: Karin Eason is pictured during an interview with Hawk TV on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023. (Photo by Jaycee Lynn / Hawk TV)]