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Tennessee Reconnect

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Through the State of Tennessee's Reconnect program, Motlow offers tuition scholarships for adults with no prior degree. Whether you've never attended college or simply never graduated, ask Motlow how to complete your degree tuition-free. Reconnect students receive additional last-dollar grants that pay any tuition costs remaining after the use of all other state and federal forms of aid.



Step 1

Apply to Motlow

Step 2

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 3

After you complete your application, you will need to submit your transcripts to [email protected]. You will then need to submit a Proof of Citizenship and Immunization Wavier.  Follow the instructions below to submit this information:

  1. Log into the (Motlow HUB)
  2. Go to MyMotlow
  3. Student Tab
  4. Admissions Requirements
  5. Then find Proof of Citizenship and Immunization Wavier

Step 4

Apply for the TN Reconnect Grant via TSAC Student Portal
  1. Create a Log In
  2. Click on Apply
  3. TN Reconnect Scholarship Application
Applications must be submitted each year to maintain eligibility

Step 5

Enroll in a Minimum of 6 Hours a semester.

Make sure to check your Motlow email every day for updates from Admissions and Financial Aid.

Finish Tuition Free*

Did you avoid college after high school? Or did you start college but never finish?

Well, this message is for you!

While there are a lot of legitimate reasons that college aspirations get derailed, there are a lot of GREAT reasons to revisit your college ambitions at Motlow State NOW!

The Tennessee economy is growing fast. There are more high-skill jobs than there are qualified applicants. That’s the driving force behind Reconnect, Free Tuition Scholarships for adults without degrees.

At Motlow, you could Finish for Free. So start a first-time degree. Finish your partial degree. Or complete a short-term certificate that qualifies for free tuition.

We’ll help you create a schedule that fits your needs. We’ll even provide free tutoring, job leads, and job interview coaching. Act now and take advantage of classes reserved just for adult learners.

Your success is our mission. So, why wait? Reconnect with your future today at Motlow State.

*Eligibility and Limitations Apply

Reasons to Reconnect

Count the ways Motlow Meets Adult Student Needs

  1. Your success is our mission. Adult student specialists are ready to help you
  2. Classes reserved for adult-only cohorts
  3. You are assigned a personal Student Success Advisor to support you from orientation to graduation
  4. Individualized plans and schedules to balance family, work, and college
  5. Help with all the paperwork including financial aid requirements and the FAFSA
  6. Scholarships for adults-only. Most adult learners are eligible to attend Motlow tuition-free
  7. We offer many classes that have no textbook costs
  8. Free unlimited tutoring
  9. Free essay writing review and support
  10. Specialists to help you refresh your academic math skills
  11. Job leads and job placement support
  12. Help finding part-time work while you attend college
  13. Resume writing support
  14. Interview readiness training
  15. Recommendation letters
  16. Introductions to hiring managers
  17. Invitations to recruiting events
  18. Free professional attire from Bucks closet
  19. Online library support
  20. Computer/device check-outs

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
  • 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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Want to Finish Faster!

Motlow offers lots of ways for you to finish your degree faster. Check out our complete list of FAST options and ask your advisor which ones are best for you.

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