Governor, Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that for the second straight year nearly 60,000 high school seniors have applied for the Tennessee Promise. 

The Tennessee Promise provides high school graduates last-dollar scholarships to attend two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees. 

“We’re excited to see even bigger application numbers this year. This is changing the culture of expectations in Tennessee, and one of the significant things about these numbers is it means that in the last two years more than 117,000 Tennessee students have had a purposeful conversation about going to college,” Haslam said.

Seniors that applied for the Tennessee Promise will be required to participate in two mandatory meetings, submit the FAFSA and complete eight hours of community service. 

According to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, last year, more than 58,000 students applied.