In 2014 Tennessee passed the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act, one of the first "free college" programs in the country. Established as a "last dollar" program (covering tuition and fee charges after other grant aid is subtracted), Tennessee's program is already providing insight to the benefits, interests, and challenges of this model.
Although there will be bumps and changes along the way, Tennessee's program goes a long way toward repositioning community colleges as a viable foundation of higher education.
For more info see today's article in Governing:
Tennessee's Free College Program is Popular, But Will it Succeed?