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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in Covington on Wednesday for a ceremonial bill signing of the Tennessee Promise initiative. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in Covington on Wednesday for a ceremonial bill signing of the Tennessee Promise initiative.
COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC) - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in Covington on Wednesday for a ceremonial bill signing of the Tennessee Promise initiative.

As college costs continue to rise, it is hard for parents to make the financial decision to send their children off to school. The governor is hoping to make it easier for students to continue on to college or technical school.

Tennessee Promise is an opportunity for all graduating high school seniors, regardless of socioeconomic or academic performance, to obtain a TN College of Applied Technology certificate, diploma, or associate's degree from any public community college free of tuition and fees. The program uses reserve lottery funds.

For Covington High school junior Dana Winfrey, it is great news.

"I want to graduate from college debt-free, so that will be awesome to take advantage of Tennessee Promise," she said.

The Tennessee Promise initiative will go into effect this fall and will be available for incoming high school seniors.

"If we're going to have the best prepared workforce and attract those jobs we want, then we have to have the right trained folks. So many people, like nobody in their family had been to college, so they didn't think it could be for them. Now, people go, well maybe it is," said Governor Haslam.

Tennessee Promise students must first exhaust all other financial aid before applying. They must also graduate from high school, agree to work as a mentor, complete eight hours of community service, and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

"It goes to show that the governor is making strides in our education," said Covington High School junior David Dowell.

To learn more about Tennessee Promise, click here: http://www.driveto55.org/tennessee-promise/

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