Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed that his state use lottery funds to provide high school graduates with two free years of education at community or technical colleges.
First announced in February, the proposal now appears to be on track for approval, having won support from several of Haslem’s Republican colleagues in the state's General Assembly.
Called “Tennessee Promise,” Haslam’s plan would allow high school graduates to attend an in-state technical or community college without having to pay any tuition or associated fees. The funds would come from a newly created endowment using money from the lottery’s reserves.
It’s estimated that the plan would cost about $34 million each year.
The state currently has about 80,000 community college students, evenly divided between full-time and part-time students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.
“As we encourage more Tennesseans to continue their education, we know we have to remove as many barriers asRead More »from Tennessee close to approving free community college for all high school grads