Tennessee to become the first state to offer free community college for all

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Tennessee, a state located in the southeastern region of the United States is already providing free community college to recent high school graduates. In a recent initiative, the state is pushing the program to include everyone. If the plan is approved, Tennessee will become the first state to offer all citizens, both high school students and adults, regardless of income or academic background a chance to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

On January 30, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced his plan to make community college free for all adults. The program will not cost taxpayers a dime. It will be funded by the state’s lottery reserves.

Just as we did with Tennessee Promise, we’re making a clear statement to families: wherever you might fall on life’s path, education beyond high school is critical to the Tennessee we can be. At the end of the day, there is no higher potential for providing more opportunity for our citizens than increasing access to high quality education. And the point is, we’re doing it while maintaining discipline and responsibility to the taxpayer, keeping taxes and debt low and saving for when the economy ultimately slows, said Bill Haslam.