Tennessee Governor Proposes Free Community College for Graduating High School Seniors

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proposes giving a free community and technology college education to every graduating senior that wants it.

It’s part of an effort to improve graduation rates from colleges and universities from the current 32% to 55%.

Under the plan, graduating high school seniors will be able to attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.

After graduation, students who choose to attend a four-year school will be able to do so as a junior.  Haslam says "if we want to have jobs ready for Tennesseans, then we need to have Tennesseans ready for job."

Haslam wants to use funds from the state’s lottery reserves to help fund the new initiative.

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