Complete to Compete Expected to be Heard Next Week  

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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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