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Free college: State covers students' first two years

Republican Reps. Glen Casada of Franklin and Rick Womick of Murfreesboro confer on the House floor at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after the chamber approved Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to grant free tuition to community colleges to all high school graduates.

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As student loan debt reaches a national high of $1.2 trillion, Tennessee has responded by offering free tuition for low-income students attending community colleges.
Concern has surfaced among educators and economists that the increase in the cost for higher education is leading new high school graduates to question whether a college education is worth the cost.
“Financial aid was supposed to reduce the influence of existing family financial resources on college attainment, but those resources are now a stronger determinant than ever of children’s college prospects,” wrote Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of education policy and sociology at the University ...


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