Tenn. Promise program has 35,000 applications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With the Nov. 1 deadline to apply approaching, the Tennessee Promise program could be on pace to perhaps double the state's goal of applications.
The Tennessean reports that more than 35,000 high school students have applied for the program, which offers free tuition at the state's two-year community colleges and colleges of applied technology.
The newspaper says that means some two-thirds of the 60,000 public high school seniors in Tennessee could eventually sign up for the program.
The state's goal was 20,000 applications.
The real test will be how many more diplomas the program eventually produces, a question that won't get answered for a few more years.
Tennessee Promised was pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by the General Assembly this past spring.