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Tennessee Promise Students Set To Begin Classes

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Aug 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:39:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As many as 18,000 Tennessee Promise students could use the scholarship to begin classes this week at a state community or technical college.

Governor Bill Haslam has been expected to visit some campuses on Monday and Tuesday to help kickoff the program he created to provide high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at the two-year institutions, which have been set to start classes on Monday.

As of August 1, there were more than 22,000 students qualified to attend through the program.

Shelby County had the largest number of qualified students at 2,512, followed by Knox County with 1,733. Davidson County had 1,202 qualified students.

Tennessee Promise executive director Mike Krause said Sunday that he expected between 16,000 and 18,000 students to actually enroll. 

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