Supporting Tennessee veterans in postsecondary education: The Helping Heroes Grant program [2017 Update]
Author: Elizabeth DeWeese
In 2008, the General Assembly passed Public Chapter 1142, creating the Helping Heroes Grant program to provide financial assistance to Tennessee citizens who are decorated, post-9/11 veterans. The grant, established in Tennessee Code as part of the state’s system of lottery-funded scholarships, is intended to offset the costs of postsecondary education for qualifying veterans.
PC 1142 requires the Comptroller’s Office to review the program to determine its effectiveness in educating veterans, beginning in the fifth year of the program’s operation (2012-13) and every four years thereafter. This brief represents the Comptroller’s second review of the Helping Heroes Grant program.