Haslam: High school grads should get free tuition at community/tech schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing to give a free community and technology college education to every graduating senior that wants it.

The Republican governor made the announcement during his annual State of the State address Monday evening.

The initiative is an addition to his "Drive to 55" initiative, which seeks to improve Tennessee's graduate rates from colleges and universities from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025.

Under the new proposal, graduating high school seniors will be able to attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.

After graduation, students who choose to attend a four-year school will be able to do so as a junior.

Haslam plans to use funds from the state's lottery reserves to help fund the new initiative.

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