Tennessee Promise: A Uniquely Comprehensive Promise Program

Posted by Research For Action on February 10, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Founded in 2015 as part of Tennessee’s Drive to 55 initiative, Tennessee Promise was created to promote workforce development for the state. Lauded nationally as an example of bipartisan support for higher education, Tennessee’s statewide college Promise program provides a last-dollar award covering the remainder of tuition and fees at public technical and community colleges after other federal and state financial aid has been expended. Tennessee Promise requires students to meet with a mentor and complete community service or job shadowing. Tennessee Promise is funded by a $361.1 million endowment, paid for by excess lottery reserve funds

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