TN Gov. Haslam's free tuition proposal advancing in Senate
Gov. Bill Haslam, left, with legislators in Nashville, proposed bolstering Tennessee’s work force with two years of free schooling. AP photo
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a community college program for all high school graduates is advancing in the Senate.
The "Tennessee Promise" legislation advanced out of the Senate Education Committee 8-1 on Wednesday. It's similar to one moving in the House.
The proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate, at a cost of $34 million per year.
The measure was amended to change lottery scholarship amounts. Initially, the bill sought to lower the current $4,000 lottery scholarship amount at four-year colleges to $3,000 for freshmen and sophomores, but increase it to $5,000 for juniors and seniors.
The amended version makes the amount $3,500 for freshman and sophomores, and $4,500 for juniors and seniors.
The move is meant to encourage students to consider going to two-year colleges first.
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