Tens of Thousands of Adults Line Up for Free College in Tennessee
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Michael Austin and Kim Bare are just two of the tens of thousands of adults in Tennessee to sign up for the Tennessee Reconnect program in just a few months.
State officials had initially anticipated 8,000 adult learners to apply for the program, which expanded the popular tuition-free Tennessee Promise. But a week before the start of the new college semester, more than 30,000 adults had applied for the scholarship.
Tennessee is one of only a handful of states that has a tuition-free program for older adults.