NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Gov. Bill Haslam has been visiting several schools throughout the state to promote his free tuition plan.

The governor will wrap up his visits on Wednesday at a high school in southeastern Davidson County.

Called “Tennessee Promise,” the plan seeks to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

It is a cornerstone of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” campaign to improve the state’s graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 in order to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

After graduation, students who choose to attend a four-year school will be able to do so as juniors.

The application period for the program recently opened.

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