NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd announced a new program on Thursday to send more students to state colleges.
The UT Promise will try to do what TN Promise has done for other state institutions.
It will provide free tuition to qualifying residents in Tennessee to UTC, UT Knoxville and UT Martin.
“It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree,” Boyd said.
“It is our mission and responsibility to do everything we can to ease the financial burden for our middle- and working-class families, and UT Promise is an ideal conduit to achieve that.”
To qualify, your family income must be under $50,000 and the student must qualify for the Hope Scholarship.
And just like TN Promise, the UT Promise will include volunteer mentors and service learning each semester.
It will begin in the fall of 2020.
(the scholarship program will include those students who were previously enrolled in college when the program begins in 2020. Qualifying Tennessee residents who meet the criteria for UT Promise can transfer from any institution. UT Promise is an expansion of scholarship offerings and does not replace existing scholarships.)
Right now, 54% of UT students graduate with debt. The goal of UT Promise is to make higher education more affordable.