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PERC Center Studies Impact of Tennessee Promise on Enrollment and Degree Completion

The Postsecondary Education Research Center, a part of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, studied the impact of the Tennessee Promise Program.

The Tennessee Promise Program, a scholarship, mentoring and community service program that began Fall, 2015, provides students a last-dollar scholarship for five consecutive semesters which covers tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, Hope Scholarship or TSAA funds at the states 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, and other eligible institutions.  Students must meet all deadlines and requirements including maintaining a full-time enrollment of at least 12 hours per semester, maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete eight hours of community service prior to each semester of enrollment.

The study, conducted with Pellissippi State Community College and Cumberland University, saw increased enrollment and degree completion since the program began. Read more about the statistics or hear Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis, Chancellor Emeritus & Distinguished Professor Jimmy Cheek, Associate Professor Lisa Driscoll, and President Randy Boyd as they discuss the impact the Tennessee Promise Program has had upon the success of students in the State of Tennessee and the future impact of the UT Promise in this news report.