Tennessee’s community colleges have been the center of attention this year while the governor’s office implemented Tennessee Promise, a free-tuition program for graduating high school seniors. But another branch of the state’s higher education system far surpasses community colleges in terms of enrollment growth: technical schools.
Articles written by: Emily Siner
The number of Tennesseans enrolling in community college immediately after high school jumped 14 percent this fall, according to the state. That’s due in large part to the first year of Tennessee Promise, which made community college free for graduating high schoolers. But on the other side of the higher education equation were four-year universities.
In the state’s second year of offering free community college to graduating high school seniors, it’s changing the way it’s helping students apply for financial aid as volunteer community members will no longer be helping Tennessee Promise students navigate the FAFSA — even though that had been one of the mentors’ main tasks.
Monday marked the first day of school for thousands of freshmen across the state started community college for free. It was a day much anticipated by officials who’ve been implementing Tennessee Promise — and by many students who’ve changed their post-high school plans to take advantage of it.