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Adult Learner

If you’re over age 24 and looking to earn a degree — either as a returning or first-time student — or, if you're classified as an "independent" on your FAFSA, then you’re an Adult Learner. Find out more about our Online degree programs, Career programs, Transfer or University Parallel programs or Certificates to help you enroll at Pellissippi State.

Learn more about Reconnect Now, a last-dollar scholarship for adults available only at Pellissippi State beginning in fall 2017.


1. Apply to attend Pellissippi State.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide

After applying, you will receive an email with instructions for how to access myPellissippi. Be sure to check your myPellissippi regularly for updates. 

Application deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar in the current College Catalog.


2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Be sure to list Pellissippi State as your chosen college.

A lot of financial aid is first-come, first-served, so file the FAFSA as soon as possible after the beginning of the year to help ensure you qualify for financial aid.

Just a note: when you file the FAFSA, you may be randomly selected by the Department of Education for verification. If this happens, the DOE requires Pellissippi State to verify the financial information you submitted. After you submit the FAFSA, if you’ve been selected for verification, Pellissippi State will notify you through your myPellissippi account. If you are selected for verification, submit any additional paperwork as soon as you can so that your financial aid is not delayed.


3. Apply for Pellissippi State scholarships.

One scholarship form will enter you into the pool for all Pellissippi State scholarships. You’ll be considered for any scholarship for which you qualify. You must complete the FAFSA to be considered for Pellissippi State scholarships.

When you apply for Pellissippi State scholarships, ask a professional to complete a Letter of Recommendation for you.


4. RSVP to attend a New Student Orientation at Pellissippi State. Select any general New Student Orientation session.

5. Schedule an advising appointment and register for classes.

6. Confirm your attendance and pay any outstanding fees.