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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there an application deadline?
    Yes. View the Academic Calendars & Schedules.
  2. I have been a student here before. Are my records still accessible? Do I have to pay my application fee again?
    Your grades and previous classes will still be on file and included in your transcript. If you have previously paid your $25.00 application fee, you do not have to pay again - it is a one time only fee.
  3. Do I have to have the MMR immunization?
    The Tennessee Health Department requires two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunization for all college students who are full-time (12 + credit hours). Students born before 1957 are exempt from this requirement, along with students less than 12 hours and students who graduated from a public Tennessee high school in or after 1999.
  4. Do I have to have the second MMR?
    If you are a part-time student (less than 12 hours) or an online student you are not required to have the second MMR. You will need to sign an agreement in the Admissions office before registering for classes.
  5. Do I have to have the Chicken Pox immunization?
    The Tennessee Health Department requires two doses of the Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunization for all college students who are full-time (12 + credit hours.) Students born before January 1, 1980 are exempt from this requirement, along with students less than 12 hours. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 can be presumed to have had one dose of Varicella Vaccine.
  6. I attended Motlow several years ago and had to drop out. What do I need to do to get back in school?
    You need to submit a readmit application to the college. Apply now.
  7. Proof of citizenship
    Every student receiving in-state tuition, or receiving state public benefits, must provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. Information can be found here. The documents must be presented in person or scanned and emailed to
  8. Whom do I discuss my course selections with when I can't contact my advisor?
    You can reach your advisor by campus email by using the first letter of his/her first name plus the entire last name @MSCC.EDU. For example: Professor John Doe can be reached at JDOE@MSCC.EDU. Or call the Advisement Center at (931) 393-1719 for program information.
  9. How do I sign up for the ACCUPLACER test?
  10. How much does the COMPASS test cost?
    The first initial test is free. A retest is $10 per section or $20 for additional sections.
  11. Why should I apply early to Motlow?
    Applying early has its benefits. The Admissions Office processes our application and "clears" you to register. The benefit is that you can either be advised or register for classes without standing in long lines. And, of course, you can register online.
  12. I just decided to enroll. Am I too late?
    The beauty of the community college is open-door admission. Until the term starts, you can register for classes as long as you have completed all admissions requirements. Motlow College offers you flexibility to begin your educational journey, even at the last minute.
  13. I'm not sure about a major. What should I do?
    It would be valuable for you to talk with an advisor or someone in our advisement center about choosing a major. The advisor will speak to you about the various majors that we have to offer and the transfer paths that you may want to consider.
  14. I don't have the money to pay for college. Is there someone I can talk to?
    Contact the Financial Aid Office at (931) 393-1553 or toll free at 800-654-4877 ext. 1553 or to learn about financial aid options.
  15. Am I too old to start college?
    The average age of Motlow students is 25. Whether you're 18 and just starting your educational journey, or 45 and retraining for future opportunities, Motlow can be your springboard to success. You'll find personalized service from professionals whose primary focus is student learning. Try it today! Click here to learn more about our Adult College Express (ACE) program.
  16. Will my Motlow credits transfer to other institutions?
    Effective Fall Semester 2011, Motlow College students who wish to pursue one of Motlow's 33 TTPs (Tennessee Transfer Pathways) and who want to complete a bachelor's degree, now have a "guarantee" that their credits will transfer to a public university in Tennessee. If followed exactly, the pathways also guarantee admission to all public universities in the state, except for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While students who follow the TTPs exactly through to associate degree completion are guaranteed admission to the public universities themselves, admission to specialized degree programs, such as nursing, cannot be guaranteed. For more information on "The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010" and "Tennessee Transfer Pathways", please see TN Transfer Pathway.

    Note: Motlow State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Level I associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 3033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, Web site:, for questions about the accreditation of Motlow State Community College.

  17. How do I get my PIN number to use MyMotlow?
    When you complete the online or paper application you must select a six digit number as your PIN. For security reasons, we cannot see the PIN you created. PIN numbers are never reset by phone or email. You will need to go to the Admissions office with a picture ID to have you ID reset. This is why it is important to remember your six digit number when applying.