These are the students in Tennessee

Who I believe will be most attracted to free tuition at community colleges through Tennessee Promise. Wherever they go, we need to do more to help them succeed.  From Higher Education Morning.

Having parents who never attended college can begin hurting a student’s chances before he or she even fills out an application. 
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), students whose parents didn't attend college are less likely to: 
  • discuss college with their parents
  • take college prep courses in high school, and
  • apply to college.
First-generation students, according to the NCES, consistently:
  • enroll in fewer classes
  • complete fewer classes, and
  • earn lower grades than their continuing-generation peers.
With the odds seemingly stacked against them, it’s no wonder first-generation students have lower retention rates than students whose parents attended college. 
According to the NCES, first-year retention rates for first-generation students are four percentage points lower than continuing-generations students. The disparity between the second-year retention rates is even worse: First-generation student rates are nine percentage points lower.


ann mosley said…
That's true. Today parents have to start saving up early if they their kids to get educated. College is pretty much a luxury and you have to be either very smart or wealthy to afford it. Loan is a nasty option. It's never enough and you will have to cover all these expenses in the future. I've heard that some students use MyEssayWritersOnline to learn about state programs and benefits they can get. To be honest, there are numerous opportunities for students in every state. Just keep looking, guys!

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