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Governor Haslam introduces plan for free college tuition

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Haslam also noted that two free years at a community college would cut the cost of a four-year degree in half. Haslam also noted that two free years at a community college would cut the cost of a four-year degree in half.
In hoops city, the basketball court is a popular spot, but Governor Bill Haslam would like the classroom to be even more popular. In hoops city, the basketball court is a popular spot, but Governor Bill Haslam would like the classroom to be even more popular.
(WMC-TV) - In hoops city, the basketball court is a popular spot, but Governor Bill Haslam would like the classroom to be even more popular.

At his State of the State address Monday, Haslam announced a plan to offer all Tennessee high school graduates two free years to any Tennessee community college or college of applied technology.

"Cost is the biggest hurdle to higher education. Net cost to the state: zero. Net impact on our future: priceless," said Haslam.

For high school graduates such as Cordarius Halls, who wants to study math and be an accountant, two free years of education would be a dream come true.

"I'd fly to it; fly 40 going north," said Halls.

Haslam also noted that two free years at a community college would cut the cost of a four-year degree in half. 

Individuals interested in applied technology versus community college would be able to take advantage of the free tuition as well. 

"For people like me, I'm good with my hands so that would be a really good benefit," said Memphis resident Michael Lloyd. 

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