Guidance News


FAFSA Frenzy

The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on Oct. 1. All TN Promise students must complete the FAFSA by Feb. 1, 2020, to maintain TN Promise eligibility. Governor Haslam's office launched TN FAFSA Frenzy in 2016 as a statewide focus on FAFSA completion. This effort solidified Tennessee as a national leader in FAFSA awareness and completion.  Visit to get started on your FAFSA!

Financial Aid Tutorials

Click here for a series of brief financial aid tutorials describing the financial aid available to students at TCAT, community college, public 4 year, and private 4 year schools. 


Would you like to start working on the ACT?  Go to and start today!

In the spring of 2020, all Juniors will participate in ACT testing at Hancock County High School. Attendance and participation are required.  No testing fee will be charged for this test administration. Also in the spring, 9th & 10th graders will take the Pre-ACT. 

ACT Prep Day - All Juniors are encouraged to attend.  Lunch will be provided. 

The ACT will be administered at a variety of colleges in our area (LMU, WSCC, Carson Newman, etc.) The registration fee is approximately $50.50 (without writing) or $67.00 (with writing).  Please visit for more information concerning ACT testing. 

This year, if there is a Senior who would like to retake the ACT free of charge, they may obtain a voucher from the guidance department.  The date for this test is Tuesday, October 1st, and will be administered at the High School.  All students must sign up online at 

Free SAT vs. ACT Practice

This free, interactive, live online event lets students learn the differences between the SAT & ACT, then try sections from each test to see which is a better fit. Students will see their scores instantly and learn effective test strategies from our team of experts. This year, the test will take place on TBA.  Pre-registration is required using the following link: 

Meet our Niswonger Care Advisor Adria Shannon

 We would like to welcome Ms. Adria Shannon to our school.  

Adria is our new Niswonger Care Advisor and will be here 2 days per week to 

assist our seniors with FAFSA completion, college applications, TNReady deadline, etc.  

 Niswonger Scholarship Nomination