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Applications & Eligibility

  • The Common App website offers one application for over 400 colleges and universities across the country, including UT Knoxville, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Ivy Leagues schools, and more.
  • The Universal College Application website offers one central application for 45 colleges, including several that are not listed through The Common App website.


  • NAIA Eligibility Center is for students interested in playing sports at an NAIA school. Students must meet the eligibility requirements, and can register with the NAIA to learn more.
  • NCAA Eligibility Center– Students interested in playing sports at the collegiate level need to register with the NCAA and qualify academically.  The NCAA Eligibility Center has all the necessary information.
TN In-State Resources
  • College for TN gives access to information on public and private 2-year and 4-year institutions, as well as the Tennessee College of Applied Technology centers. The website also offers career exploration activities and links to help guide you through the process.
  • Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is Tennessee’s educational scholarship program.  Graduating seniors must have either a 3.0 GPA on the state Uniform Grading Policy scale (indicated as HOPE Scholarship GPA on WCS transcripts), or a 21 or higher ACT composite.  FAFSA completion is required and is also considered the scholarship application as well.
  • High School graduates can become eligible for two years of free college at one of the state’s community colleges through the Tennessee Promise. Students must fulfill the requirements of the program, including community service hours.
  • The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) provides over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant.
  • Students following one of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway options will earn their Associate’s Degree at a Tennessee community college, while having guaranteed admission to one of Tennessee’s 4-year colleges or universities to complete their four-year degree.
IHS Resources
  • The IHS Counseling Department maintains a Scholarship List that provides details and links of scholarships offered each year.  Check back often to see what new scholarships have been added as the year progresses.
Transcript Requests
  1. Class of 2016-Current Students
    • Visit the Transcript Request Site
    • Select START and follow the steps to complete your request
      • For scholarships or special situations that require a paper copy, fill out form in the counseling office and attach $2.00.
  2. Class of 2015 and Earlier
    • Download the Transcript Request Form
    • Mail form and $2.00 to:
      Independence HS
      Attn: Registrar
      1776 Declaration Way
      Thompsons Station, TN 37179

Please note: Test scores are not included with transcripts. Test scores must be sent from the testing agency (ACT / SAT).

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  • 1776 Declaration Way
    Thompsons Station, TN 37179
  • (615) 472-4600
  • (615) 472-4621
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