Tennessee makes college free for 'older adults'

The state passed a bill in which would certainly fund two years of community college or technical school for “older adults” for free. The program is actually called Tennessee Reconnect, in addition to in which’s a last dollar program, which means in which the state will cover all tuition in addition to fees after grants in addition to scholarships have been applied.

Luckily, almost everyone. The age requirement for an older adult is actually over 24 years old.

in which’s because Tennessee Reconnect is actually meant to pick up where another program, Tennessee Promise, leaves off.

Equal benefits

Tennessee Promise was initiated to give all high school seniors access to two years free of community college in addition to technical education. although in which only applied to those who graduated high school after 2015.

When Tennessee Reconnect goes into effect within the fall of 2018, everyone who graduated before 2015 can have those benefits as well.

The governor’s initiative

Governor Bill Haslam introduced both programs as a part of his “Drive to 55” initiative.

“in which’s an effort to the year 2025 in which at least 55% of working age Tennessee residents have some sort of post high school degree or credential,” Rick Locker, a representative for the Tennessee board of Regents, told sy88pgw.

The state was at 33.8% of Tennessee residents with post-high school certifications in 2013, when the goal was announced. currently, before Tennessee Reconnect has even gone into effect, the number has increased to 38.8%.

The cost

Tennessee Reconnect alone is actually estimated to cost $11.2 million per year, although the Tennessee Higher Education Commission says in which the program will be funded by the lottery for education account, not the taxpayers.

The bill was passed 87-6 on Thursday, in addition to in which has been eagerly awaited.

“When the governor announced the Tennessee Reconnect in his state of the state address, I was watching,” says Locker. “in which was one of the points of applause.”

Tennessee makes college free for 'older adults'

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