The six-year graduation rate for Black males at public colleges is at least 20 percentage points below the rates of their peers each year, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Tennessee students say they’re breathing a sigh of relief, since President Biden announced student loan repayment will be paused until May 2022.
Jameel Spann was a junior year at Fisk University when he got arrested. Facing a 15-year prison sentence, he didn’t know if he’d ever graduate.
There’s a stubborn mindset in Tennessee – where college-going rates lag most of the country. Government officials trying to boost education levels say people just don’t see the need, despite dire forecasts that a majority of jobs will require a degree by 2025.