May 6th is the Big Payback!

In the last seven years of The Big Payback, Middle Tennessee has come together to raise nearly $17 million for local nonprofits.

This year, THEI hopes to raise $6,000. Can you help us reach our goal to fund a long-term, sustainable Alumni Relief program so that our students who have families to support and goals to achieve can stay on track in the midst of the COVID-19 uncertainty?  

THEI

Bringing College to Prisons

in Tennessee

THEI funds and coordinates on-site degree-bearing college programs to incarcerated individuals in Tennessee prisons, leading to Associate's degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.

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Governor Lee Announces Support for Expansion of Higher Ed  in Prisons!

Our Mission

Tennessee Higher Education Initiative is a non-profit organization working to disrupt systems of harm and create opportunities for autonomy and success by providing college access to people inside Tennessee prisons, preparing students for skillful re-entry, and reducing barriers to continued education and achievement.

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​​Call us:

615-879-8857

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1006 Shelby Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

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