Surge in Sign-Up Rate for Tennessee Promise

Almost 85 percent of all graduating Tennessee high school students this year signed up for Tennessee Promise.

The scholarship program provides two years tuition-free at state community or technical colleges, and the deadline for applications closed Wednesday night.

The number of students applying in the program's 4th year — 62,860 of the state's more than 74,000 graduating seniors in public and private schools — eclipses all expectations for those that administer the scholarship. 

Overall, the number of students that applied is up about 4 percentage points over last year. 

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