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TICUA Reaches Compromise with Governor Haslam on TN Promise

3/17/2014

Nashville, TN - After weeks of negotiations with the Governor’s office on the TN Promise, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) announced today that it had reached a compromise. The Governor’s TN Promise proposal, if passed by the General Assembly, will provide free community college to recent high school graduates across the State. The initial proposal would have reduced the HOPE scholarship amount for freshmen and sophomore students at public and private 4-year colleges and universities by $1,000.  The compromise cuts that loss by half and ensures that students will still have affordable access to 4-year colleges and universities. The compromise will award $3,500 to freshmen and sophomores and $4,500 to juniors and seniors at 4-year schools, while keeping the governor’s promise of free community college.

TICUA President Claude Pressnell said, “Although we were not successful in fully restoring the scholarship aid for the freshmen and sophomore years, we are appreciative of Governor Haslam's willingness to meet us halfway.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and the General Assembly to return the four-year scholarships to their original levels.  Students and families need to know that we will continue to work hard to make college affordable for those choosing a private four-year experience.”

The 34 private, not for profit members of TICUA have proudly supported the goal of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to have 55% of Tennesseans earn a post-secondary credential by 2025. TICUA member institutions provide opportunities for dual enrollment for high school students, participate in the State’s transfer pathways and reverse transfer programs, and offer many degree programs for working adult students. TICUA member institutions enroll 26% of students in the State, but award 33% of the degrees, including 36% of baccalaureate degrees.