H.S. Seniors Get a Close Look at “Tennessee Promise”

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – Tennessee Promise–the new law passed by the legislature this year, offers something that could only have been imagined a few short years ago.
Red Bank High School students got a close look at a program that may change their lives and their family.
Escorted by a company of state legislators and local leaders, the governor drove his message home.

GOV. BILL HASLAM, (R) TENNESSEE "Your obligation is to complete high school, fill out the financial aid form, work with a mentor that we will provide you…who will help you with all that and then perform 8 hours of community service. In exchange, you get two years of college absolutely free of tuition and fees."

LAWRENCE WOODFIN, RED BANK SENIOR "I think it’s a great opportunity because without this it would be hard for me to go to college..financially."

MIKE DAVIS, RED BANK SENIOR "I have a chance of going to college…something I really don’t have right now."

Tennessee in the first and only state to offer such a program, but the mechanics of it are fairly simple.

GOV. BILL HASLAM "We took some reserve money that had been built up in the lottery fund and used that to form an endowment. So this is a promise the money’s not going to go away..we’re only spending the interest off that endowment."

The Class of 2015 is the first to take advantage of the program.
The governor says the application online site opened 4 days ago and there are already a thousand applications.
Through Tennessee Promise, state leaders hope to boost the current rate of college bound seniors by more than 15 percent over the next five years.

Here’s the website:www.TNPromise.gov

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