Standing up for young americans

MOVE TO TENNESSEE FOR THE WEATHER. STAY FOR THE FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

  • Low-income students who could not previously afford to apply to many colleges will now have the chance to go school tuition-free.

The Facts

  • In January, Governor William Haslam of Tennessee proposed a bill, called Tennessee Promise, where the state will pay the tuition fees of every high school student grad that wants to go to technical or community college for two years.

  • The program is funded by money made from the state lottery.

  • Research suggests that this bill would lead to both higher college enrollment and a higher number of degrees attained. Haslam’s goal is for 55% of state residents to have a higher education degree by 2025.

  • To qualify, students apply for federal grants, and Tennessee covers what the federal government does not. Students must be enrolled full-time for up to five semesters, maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher, and perform 8 hours of community service each semester.

Our Opinion

We applaud Governor Haslam for encouraging more socio-economic diversity in his state colleges. A higher education degree is a ticket to higher lifetime earnings, and will help increase worker productivity for future generations.

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