The president announced the proposal at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., a significant location. “America’s College Promise” is modeled after a Tennessee program (called “Tennessee Promise”), which covers the cost of community college tuition not covered by grants and scholarships. It also requires the student to have a mentor, perform 8 hours of community service per term, and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
The president teased the proposal in a video announcement on Facebook and Vine Thursday evening.
If passed, Obama’s plan would require both federal and state governments to split the tab. States would have the option to participate.
“No one with drive and discipline should be denied a college education simply because they can’t pay for it,” Obama said Friday. “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class.”