From the Office of Mayor David Briley:
Nashville State Community College (NSCC), and TCAT-Nashville, through their fiscal sponsor the Nashville State Community College Foundation, today announced the Nashville GRAD: Getting Results by Advancing Degrees program
Nashville GRAD complements the State of Tennessee’s programs for tuition-free college, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, by removing other financial barriers beyond tuition. Financial assistance will cover expenses beyond tuition, including textbooks, transportation, tools and supplies, and industry certification fees
Nashville GRAD, to begin in Fall 2019, will be implemented through a financial assistance fund that will include an annual financial commitment from Metro Government and, at full implementation, will serve more than 3,000 students each year. Mayor Briley has committed to including up to $1 million in Metro’s FY2019-2020 budget and up to $2.5 million annually after that.
Modeled after the highly successful evidence-based program CUNY ASAP, Nashville GRAD will offer comprehensive support to eligible students through financial assistance, personalized individual mentorship, academic and career advising, and by fostering a strong cohort environment. Strong data measurement and outcomes monitoring will be key components of Nashville GRAD’s program management.