Tennessee Promise Program Sees Increase in Applicants

Almost 85 percent of graduating Tennessee high school students this year applied to the Tennessee Promise, a scholarship program that provides two years tuition-free at a state community or technical college, reports Inside Higher Ed and The Nashville Tennessean.

Of the state's more than 74,000 graduating seniors in public and private schools, 62,860 applied to the program this year—about a 4 percent increase over last year, the Tennessean reported.

Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, told the Tennessean that about one-third of the students are projected to use the scholarship, while the other two-thirds are projected to be ineligible because they will not attend college or will opt for a four-year degree.

"I think we always believed it was going to be transformative," said Krause. "We didn't believe it would become so central so quickly."

Counselors statewide are being credited for the increase in applicants, the Tennessean noted.  Many are now working with students to complete financial aid packets and ensure students have appropriate supports to transition into college.


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