Haslam helps kick off 2-year college free-tuition program

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Gov. Bill Haslam lauded students for taking advantage of the program he created to give them two years of free tuition at a state community or technical college.

The Republican governor talked to Tennessee Promise students at Cleveland State Community College and Nashville State Community College on Monday, the first day of classes for two-year institutions across the state.

The students were among about 18,000 that were expected to enroll in the program.

Richard Briley of Nashville is majoring in business management at Nashville State Community College. The 18-year-old said Tennessee Promise has allowed him to be the first in his family to pursue a postsecondary education.

He said he plans to save money while attending the community college and use the funds to enroll in a four-year institution his junior year.

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