State urges students to apply for college

Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean

Educators from across the state are working this week to encourage their students to apply for college as their high school years draw to a close.

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared this week the year’s official College Application Week, marking an annual tradition that stretches back to 2008. Teachers are slated to share their personal collegiate experiences and promote, a state-sponsored resource that helps students navigate each step of the application process.

Hundreds of sites are registered to participate including 233 high schools and 15 middle and elementary schools, according to a news release from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

This year, College App Week also will promote Tennessee Promise, the governor’s program that offers Tennessee high school students the opportunity to go a community or technical college tuition-free for two years.

Haslam announced last week that more than 20,000 students from across the state had applied for the Tennessee Promise program. The deadline to apply is Nov.1.

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