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Tennessee Promise Makes Free College Looks Good

Student debt has plagued both long-term residents and brand-new immigrants graduating from United States colleges and universities with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more, placing significant mental strain on people who thought they were doing the arbitrary “right thing” by attending college.

However, thanks to the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – and the current 70-odd percent of high school graduates that immediately enroll in colleges throughout the United States, college continually becomes much more expensive, something that literally everyone in the United States is able to afford thanks to nearly unlimited funding, and the value of a college degree continually drops.

In an attempt to combat this issue, the state of Tennessee unleashed a program that effectively allowed gaining college degrees to be free for residents of the Volunteer State called Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise admittedly does sound great, at least on paper. Recently, official research from the state and its colleges has been released regarding the efficacy, effectiveness, and feasibility of the program. Although just one year’s worth of data is floating out and about the World Wide Web, the results look overwhelmingly positive.

This article should make clear that the Tennessee Promise program is for both recent high school graduates and non-traditional students who attend community colleges. Community colleges work closely with the state of Tennessee and typically don’t offer four-year degrees. All students attending college through the Tennessee Promise state program do not have to pay anything outside of fees they incur themselves, like books, parking tickets, etc.

Tennessee Promise pays for up to five semesters and is generally geared towards recent graduates who want to work in technical fields. Statistics indicate that people are about 2.3 percent less likely to drop out, as compared to the most recent class of graduates who didn’t get access to Promise.

Students Will Soon Be Able to Apply for FAFSA Through a Mobile App

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in a press conference that there is a plan to let students apply for FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, by using a mobile app on their phone. A Senate committee has also been looking into ways to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process more streamlined and easy to navigate. People have been complaining about the difficulty of filling out the FAFSA applications. There are so many things you can do on your smartphone these days anyway.

This is just one step in a series of steps that the government has been taking to make the process for applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid an easier process. This started with Barack Obama administration.

The Obama Administration made it more easy and quick to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. They did this by reducing the number of questions and shortening the forms. They also used skip technology to automatically skip questions based on previous questions that students answered. They also gave students the option of automatically importing their tax data. Betsy DeVos said that if you can get a mortgage on your mobile phone you should also be able to get financial aid for your education. She said that this will not only make it easier for students but that it will also make it easier for financial aid professionals by reducing the vast amount of paperwork that they have to deal with.