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    Filed at 5:50 am under by dcobranchi

    Call your state senator?

    NASHVILLE — As high school seniors weigh their final college decisions, Tennessee legislators are starting to re-write the rules that will govern the state’s lottery-funded scholarships this fall — and probably for years to come… This year’s work on the scholarship follows an 11th-hour failure in the 2007 legislature of a compromise bill for the most substantial revision of the scholarship program since it began in 2004. Most of the elements in the 2007 bill, which passed the House but was never called up for a Senate vote, are under review again this year. They also include increasing the income ceiling for the $1,500 need-based Hope supplement to $40,000, allowing students to receive grants for five years instead of four, granting eligibility to non-degree students 23 and older who have never been to college or who have been away from college for two years, and broadening eligibility for home schoolers, foster children and children of Tennessee missionaries living abroad.

    Perhaps Kay can chime in here– Are HEKs currently eligible? What kind of “broadening” is the community seeking?

    4 Responses to “HEADS UP: TN”

    Comment by
    Kay Brooks
    February 25th, 2008
    at 8:27 am

    See 2008 Legislation

    Yes, homeschoolers are eligible. The rule requiring having homeschooled for the junior AND senior year is troublesome and a specifically protectionist and petty requirement by the public schools. They don’t want folks escaping their system. If they can’t keep you in they’ll find a way to punish you.

    The general qualification issue is a BIGGIE for the legislature. The lottery losings reserve fund is near half a billion dollars and they’re struggling with what to do with it.

    Comment by
    February 25th, 2008
    at 9:18 am

    Clearly, they just need to sell more lottery tickets in TN 😉

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    February 25th, 2008
    at 10:44 am

    Maybe if they stopped teaching all that math in school, there would be more takers? 😉

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    February 25th, 2008
    at 11:59 am

    Kay, TN’s problem is they have too much money?

    I hope that’s the case.

    Here I just heard a blurb on the news about cuts in state scholarships. . . maybe we need to sell more lottery tickets . . . not that that worked the first time. . .