‘Tennessee Promise’ could bring changes for local colleges

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Currently about 20 percent of students enrolled in courses at Nashville State Community College’s Cookeville campus are first- time freshmen.

However, that number could change dramatically if a proposal to offer free tuition at two-year community and technical colleges revealed by Gov. Bill Haslam earlier this week is approved by lawmakers.

Haslam’s plan, called the Tennessee Promise, would use state lottery reserves to create an endowment to pay tuition and fees for high-school graduates who want to go to a community or technical college for two years. It is a project that is estimated to cost about $34 million the first year, if it is approved by the General Assembly.

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