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Tennessee Reconnect

Tuition-free for Adults Without College Degrees

After you’ve received state and federal financial aid, you may still owe more tuition and fees. That’s when the Tennessee Reconnect grant kicks in. As a last dollar grant, it relieves you of tuition debt.


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Step 1

Apply to the Grant

  1. Create a login on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) portal
  2. Select Apply for Scholarships in the TSAC portal. Choose Tennessee Reconnect
  3. Fill out the application and submit it (Current Reconnect students must submit the application every year to maintain eligibility)
  4. Your personalized Reconnect Success Plan will be generated. Make sure you review it and save it

TN Reconnect Covered and Non-Covered Fees

Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship for adults to earn a degree or certificate tuition-free.

Fees covered by TN Reconnect

  • Maintenance Fee
  • Student Activity Fee
  • Technology Access Fee
  • Program Service Fee
  • International Education
  • TN Reconnect can cover a small portion TN eCampus fees. The amount of the fees covered changes depending on the number of hours enrolled.

Fees and expenses NOT covered by TN Reconnect

  • Textbooks
  • TN eCampus Course Fee
  • Science Consumables Fee
  • Nursing Materials Fee
  • Nursing Competency Tests
  • LPN to RN Bridge
  • Applied Music Fee
  • Siemens Exam Fee Level I
  • Siemens Exam Fee Level II
  • Medical Laboratory Tech Fee
  • Allied Health Liability Ins Fee
  • Medical Laboratory Lab Fee


Receive and Maintain Reconnect

  • Enroll in at least six (6) semester hours in the fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the renewal FAFSA each year
  • Continue to participate in the Reconnect Success Plan by completing the Tennessee Reconnect Grant application every year


  • Tennessee resident (at least one year)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Qualify as an independent student on the FAFSA
  • Comply with U.S. Selective Service requirements, if applicable
  • Not have previously earned an AA or BA degree
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Not owe an outstanding balance to an institution
  • Be enrolled and admitted to a Tennessee public community college, at least part-time (minimum 6 hours) in courses leading to a certificate or associate degree
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