Complete to Compete Expected to be Heard Next Week  

Category: Higher Education

Graduation Cap

Consideration of the Haslam Administration’s “Complete to Compete” initiative, aimed at ensuring HOPE scholarship and Tennessee Promise recipients remain on track for timely graduation, has rolled for a series of weeks but is expected to be heard next week by the Senate Education Committee and House Education Administration & Planning Committee.

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. Amendatory language is anticipated to be considered in connection with the bill.

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