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KNOXVILLE, TN (WBIR) - WBIR - High school seniors have until midnight Saturday to sign up for Tennessee Promise. 

The statewide initiative offers students two years of free tuition at any community or technical college in the state with no GPA or testing requirements.

As of Friday, more than 56,500 students had applied.

"I was excited because, I mean, I didn't honestly think I could pay for college because it's so expensive and it's such a blessing to be able to do this and have that opportunity," said Danielle Welch, a senior at Powell High School in an interview with 10News in September.

It is part of Governor Bill Haslam's "Drive to 55"--he wants to raise the number of people in the state with a post-high school degree from 32% to 55% by the year 2025.

"Tennessee is the only state in the country that makes this two year offer free to all of our high school students," Governor Haslam said in an interview with 10News in August.

If the promise sounds familiar, it's because the idea started in Knoxville and has been helping tens of thousands of students go to college since 2008 through Tennessee Achieves.

Part of the program includes a mentor for every senior. As of Saturday, coordinators said less than 100 more mentors are needed to reach 9,000. There are major deficits of mentors in Sevier County.

Students and mentors must apply online at

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