Discussions on Complete to Compete Act Continue Next Week in House and Senate Committees

Category: Higher Education

Tennessee State Capitol Building on a cloudy day.

Consideration of the Haslam Administration’s “Complete to Compete” initiative, aimed at ensuring students remain on track for timely graduation, will continue next week. The initiative restructures financial aid requirements for the Tennessee Promise and the HOPE scholarship and is modeled after a similar program in Indiana.

The initiative would require students receiving the Tennessee Promise or HOPE scholarships to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in a 12-month period or receive a $250 reduction in award aid. Currently, to be a “full-time” student, students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. However, in recent years, UT campuses have encouraged, but not required, students to take 15 credit hours per semester to better enable a path to a bachelor’s degree within four years.

The legislation will be heard on Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee at 8:30 AM CT. Debate will be live-streamed here.

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