The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 18th, 2015
Amanda Raven Smith wants to go to college. But she doesn’t want to
have the same experience as her father, who spent decades paying off
student loans for a degree he couldn’t afford to finish.
"I had been planning on it," she said, "but didn’t have a way to do the funding."
So on a Thursday evening in January, Ms. Smith, a senior at Columbia
Central High School, in Maury County, Tenn., was one of some 600
students who attended a meeting at the school. The objective: to learn
about the Tennessee Promise,
the program guaranteeing that the state will cover tuition and required
fees for two years of community or technical college for Ms. Smith and
every other graduating high-school senior in the state.