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Tennessee Promise program has 22,800 registered

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - With a month left for high school seniors to apply, 22,800 students have already registered for Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise program.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/YqpABm ) the enrollment number was cited during a Friday meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Tennessee Promise allows high school graduates to attend two-year state community colleges or colleges of applied technology for free.

Funded through interest from Tennessee Education Lottery funds, the program provides "last dollar" money to students who have other forms of financial aid. It picks up the full tuition tab for students who don't.

After graduation from the two-year colleges, students who choose to attend a four-year school can do so as juniors.

The program is part of Haslam's campaign to increase the state's college graduation rate.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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