President Barack Obama has been touting two Tennessee programs in the lead-up to his State of the Union address.
As President Obama announced his free community college plan in Knoxville today, he was joined by top Republican lawmakers. But this doesn’t necessarily mean Obama’s proposal is getting bipartisan support.
In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. "We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits," he said in a video Thursday night.
In just a few weeks, students who applied for free community college — and almost every high school senior in the state did — will have their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting.
If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it's holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.
The state has a final count of students who have applied for Tennessee Promise, the last-dollar scholarship that guarantees free community college tuition: 56,571.
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.
Many students attending community college under Tennessee Promise next fall will get their tuition paid by the federal government — meaning they could go to school tuition-free even without the state program.
Almost three quarters of high school seniors in the state have applied for Tennessee Promise, the last-dollar scholarship that covers community college tuition, which has doubled the state's expectations.
More than 40,000 high school seniors have signed up for Tennessee Promise, the new state scholarship that sends students to community college for free. But they still have a lot to do before their first day of class, and sometimes even the smallest hiccup can derail would-be college students.
The Tennessee Board of Regents may see 5,000 to 6,000 new students next year -- meaning students who otherwise wouldn't attend a TBR school -- as a result of Tennessee Promise. Four-year schools will be competing within the system for freshmen who could go to a community college for free.
Four-year schools have sweetened scholarship packages and financial aid to transferring students.
MTSU's decline in enrollment has professors worrying this is foresight into the future, and it has administrators cutting millions from the academic budget.
The prospect of free community college in Tennessee has increased competition with universities, who have ramped up recruiting preemptively. Governor Bill Haslam relayed several candid conversations with college presidents at an event in New York this week.
Middle Tennessee State University is expecting to give out 250 more merit scholarships next year because it is lowering the ACT scores needed to qualify. It's making this move as the state is putting less funding toward freshman and sophomores at four-year schools.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed this bill into law today — for the seventh time. He's been holding ceremonies around the state to talk about the push for more college graduates. The legislation will let any Tennessee resident attend community college for free.
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 community colleges have been getting a lot of calls in the past week, ever since Governor Bill Haslam announced plans to offer free tuition to high school graduates.
Schools like the idea of free higher education, but not at the cost of scholarships for their students.