TIMARI RAY IS THE FIRST of her generation to attend college, and she says this wouldn’t be possible without the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

“It keeps me motivated because I know that if I didn’t, you know, pass this class or if I fail the class or dropped out or anything, I know that I would literally lose everything,” says Ray, a freshman seeking her associate degree at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She is speaking about Tennessee’s program that covers tuition costs at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and other institutions offering associate degrees. It has since expanded – through the Tennessee Reconnect program – to cover similar costs for adults who earn GED certificates.

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