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Tennessee is already revered for providing free community college to recent high school graduates – but now, Governor Haslam is pushing for their program to include adults as well.

During the seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly, the Governor introduced the Tennessee Reconnect Act: which, if approved, would make Tennessee the first American state to offer all citizens – both high school students and adults – the chance to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

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The expansion, which aims to provide 55% of the state’s 6.6 million citizens by 2025, has received enthusiastic bi-partisan support. The program, known as the Tennessee Promise, also doesn’t cost the taxpayers a dime since it receives its funding from Federal Pell Grants and state lottery money.

“Just as we did with Tennessee Promise, we’re making a clear statement to families: wherever you might fall on life’s path, education beyond high school is critical to the Tennessee we can be,” Haslam said. “At the end of the day, there is no higher potential for providing more opportunity for our citizens than increasing access to high quality education. And the point is, we’re doing it while maintaining discipline and responsibility to the taxpayer – keeping taxes and debt low and saving for when the economy ultimately slows.”

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  1. I wonder what the tax rate is going to be in Tennessee with this new “free” tuition? We’ve been brainwashed into believing that college is the only way to succeed in life. Technical schools cost a lot less money, less time, and more likely to get a decent paying job. That’s why I tell my kids “If the degree/certificate sounds like a job you can get a job”. I have a Master’s in Acquisition and Finance, my kids are pursuing HVAC repair, and veterinary medicine. My kids will get good jobs and spend a whole lot less time and money than I did in college.

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