Governor Bill Haslam has announced the launch of a $2.4 million program that will provide college counselors to 30 public high schools across the state.
The Governor's Office says in a statement that Advise TN, announced Thursday, supports the state's campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree to 55 percent by 2025.
Counselors will be hired and trained in the summer and will work with about 10,000 juniors and seniors statewide. They will help students prepare for the ACT, work on college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
To be eligible, high schools must have average college-going rates that fall below the state average. Public high schools must apply to participate and will be selected by the Tennessee Higher Education Committee based on their commitment to creating a college-going culture.