University of Tennessee is Offering Free Tuition to Low-Income Students

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee will soon begin providing free tuition to Tennessee residents starting in the fall of 2020.

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Interim university President Randy Boyd announced Thursday that tuition and fees will be covered for students with household incomes under $50,000 a year.

Boyd said: “This isn’t a school just for the wealthy or the elite. This is a school for everyone.”

Qualifying students will be matched with volunteer mentors and need to complete service-learning hours. Both incoming students and those already enrolled in 2020 will be eligible.

Tennessee five years ago became the first state to make community college tuition-free for new high school graduates. It later expanded that program to allow older adults. State commitments have enabled 46 percent of UT students to graduate without debt.

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