University of Tennessee to provide free tuition for lower-income students in 2020

University of Tennessee to provide free tuition for lower-income students in 2020

March 15th, 2019 by Associated Press in Breaking News

In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo Randy Boyd speaks with tears in his eyes at his watch party at Jackson Terminal in Knoxville, Tenn. The University of Tennessee will soon begin providing free tuition to Tennessee residents starting in the fall of 2020. Interim university President Randy Boyd announced Thursday, March 14, 2019, that tuition and fees will be covered for students with household incomes under $50,000 a year. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee will begin providing free tuition to Tennessee residents starting in the fall of 2020.

Interim university President Randy Boyd announced Thursday that tuition and fees will be covered for students with household incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

Boyd said the university isn't "just for the wealthy or the elite. This is a school for everyone."

Qualifying students will be matched with volunteer mentors and need to complete service-learning hours. Both incoming students and those already enrolled in 2020 will be eligible.

Tennessee five years ago became the first state to make community college tuition-free for new high school graduates. It later expanded that program to allow older adults. State commitments have enabled 46 percent of UT students to graduate without debt.