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White House Plans to Take Tennessee Promise National

The proposal, dubbed America’s College Promise, would be a matching grant program. The federal government would pay for 75 percent of the “average cost of community college.” That means covering tuition and fees upfront, White House officials said, rather than the total price of attendance. Participating states would be required to cover the remaining tuition balance.

 How the federal government would pay for the plan – which the White House said could affect up to 9 million students if all states participated – is a major question mark. It would save full-time community college students an average of $3,800 in tuition per year, according to the White House.