Tennessee Promise Scholarship Legislation Calendared

The House Education Subcommittee will hear The Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act of 2014 (HB2491) on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 pm CST (Watch live by clicking here).  The Tennessee Promise, part of the Governor’s Drive to 55 Initiative, is a last-dollar scholarship proposal for Tennessee high school graduates seeking to attend a community college or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT).  You can read more about the Tennessee Promise here.

The University of Tennessee supports this legislation, although some concerns have been voiced regarding enrollment at regional institutions such as UT Martin and UT Chattanooga.  In the House Finance Committee this week, President DiPietro voiced support for the consideration of “safety net” measures for regional four-year institutions who could potentially experience enrollment setbacks due to the migration of students to community colleges or TCATs.