Experts answer your questions on Tennessee Promise, FAFSA

The Tennessean, Adam Tamburin On Tuesday, The Tennessean gave readers the chance to ask two experts questions about the Tennessee Promise program and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Higher education reporter Adam Tamburin moderated a Twitter chat with Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise, and Josh Moran, director of financial aid at Nashville State […]

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Poll: Tennessee Promise receives high support

Brian Wilson, The Daily News Journal MURFREESBORO – Nearly four of five Tennesseans approve of the Tennessee Promise community college plan, according to the latest Middle Tennessee State University poll. The portion of the MTSU Poll released Wednesday showed a 79 percent approval rate for the intiative providing free community college or technical school classes to […]

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Tennessee Promise Aims to Change the Face of State Colleges

The Tennessean, Adam Tamburin Since Gov. Bill Haslam signed Tennessee Promiseinto law eight months ago, it has attracted a chorus of praise from other states, education experts and the White House, but leaders here can’t afford to rest on their laurels. The pioneering program is still in its infancy, and many questions about its reach and efficacy remain unanswered. […]

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Tennessee Promise Mentors Take on Life-Changing Roles

Dessislava Yankova, The Tennessean Mentors learned one interesting thing about their Tennessee Promise students during their first meeting Tuesday. “They wanted to be contacted by text messages,” mentor David Gregory said after the meeting. “They said they can check and reply to text much quicker than to email.” A Hendersonville resident, Gregory is one of […]

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Keeping a Promise for Education

VANESSA CURRY, The Columbia Daily Herald After retiring from careers in education, after years of service in public office, John and Loretta Goodloe sit at their dining room table looking over their homework for their next endeavor. Preparing to mentor a combined 14 Maury County high school students, the Goodloes already have received a short […]

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Memphis Officials Launch FAFSA Month

Daarel Burnette, Chalkbeat Tennessee Seeking to boost the percentage of Shelby County high school graduates going to college, educational advocates and community leaders have launched a month-long campaign to assist high school seniors and adult learners in completing the paperwork needed to secure financial aid. The deadline for submitting the Free Application for Student Aid, […]

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White House lauds TN’s free community college plan

Mary Troyan, The Tennessean WASHINGTON – Tennessee’s decision to eliminate tuition at state two-year colleges was lauded Thursday by officials at the White House, where Gov. Bill Haslam promoted Tennessee Promise as an innovative way to make college more accessible. Haslam was one of several Tennesseans in Washington for President Barack Obama’s second College Opportunity Summit. The event […]

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Haslam to participate in White House college summit

Richard Locker, The Commercial Appeal  NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam will participate in President Obama’s second College Opportunity Day of Action Thursday in Washington, along with the President, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and education and business leaders. The governor’s office said the conference will bring together colleges and universities, business […]

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Training options expanded with Tennessee Reconnect

Heather Mullinix, Crossville Chronicle While much of the focus of the Drive to 55 initiative in the state has been on high school graduates, a new program hopes to make it easier for older students to get training to help launch new careers through the Tennessee Reconnect program. “Beginning Fall 2015, they’ll be able to […]

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