Listen Tennessee has put a spotlight on its community colleges in recent years, making these higher education institutions the focus of programs like Tennessee Promise. Now, state officials are trying to give technical colleges the same boost — and they’re starting by trying to win over high school guidance counselors.
The governor’s Tennessee Promise program guarantees that students can go to community college for free. And calling it free is more than a monetary statement: It’s also wildly effective marketing.
Four-year schools have sweetened scholarship packages and financial aid to transferring students.
Governor Bill Haslam is starting to compromise on his administration’s proposal to pay the full tuition for anyone going to community college.
One of the outstanding questions on Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to offer free community college is whether the financing will really work. That’s even a question to the state’s top money-man, Treasurer David Lillard.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to make community college free to high school grads received instant national praise this week. One education leader calls it the best idea to boost college-going rates in a generation. But concerns are beginning to be raised.
Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to pay community college tuition for anyone graduating in Tennessee also comes with a corresponding cut in the existing HOPE scholarship for four-year schools. And the proposal is already reshaping some higher education plans.
Graduates from any of Nashville’s 20 public high schools can now get a two-year degree paid for by philanthropists. The program anticipates to fund tuition for hundreds of students starting next fall.