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Gov. Haslam celebrates TN Promise at Cleveland State

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This year there are more freshman on Cleveland State's campus compared to the last four years. Freshman enrollment is up 16 percent and the school says that's thanks to the TN Promise.

One of those students is Jordan Craig, a Polk County High School graduate.
Craig has dreams to work in health care but paying for that degree will be a challenge.

"I think I could have done it but it would have been really hard, it would have been so much stress trying to pay for the student loans and things like that," Craig said.

Craig was one of many freshman to raise his hand when Governor Bill Haslam asked them how many are the first in their family to go to college.

Cleveland State is one of many colleges with declining enrollment over the past four years. Even if all the students who could have received free tuition did not sign up for TN Promise, this year there are more college freshman on campus.

"We always knew to begin with that not every high school student would do this, some are going to four year schools, some are going to the Army, some felt they needed to go right to work," Gov. Haslam said.

Between 30 and 50 percent of students from counties around Cleveland State who first applied for TN Promise are still eligible. That means they completed all the paperwork, mentor services and community service hours.

Statewide there are nearly 22,000 students who completed all of the requirements for the TN Promise, including the community service. The state expects between 16,000 and 18,000 to be enrolled this fall. 

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