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Reconnect and complete your degree at Pellissippi State

Whether you’re reconnecting with college after some time off or starting college for the first time, Pellissippi State can help adults like you learn a new skill or prepare for a new career through its wide selection of associate’s degrees, certificates, and transfer programs. The College also makes going back to school easier by offering five campuses in Knox and Blount counties, as well as orientation sessions, advising and counseling services, free online and one-on-one tutoring, and much more.

Student Success Coordinators

   Ron Bridges (694-6696, AL226B)
   Veteran students

   Linda Reeves (539-7359, MC137)
   Adult Students

   Wanda Scarbro (971-5206, DV153)
   Online Students & Division Street

Pellissippi State has all the resources in place to help you succeed. Request more information!



Reconnect Now is a last-dollar scholarship for adults available only at Pellissippi State beginning in fall 2017. With the scholarship, college tuition is free for qualified students who wish to earn an associate degree.


Pellissippi State’s tuition and fees are among the lowest around, with cost per semester for a full-time, in-state student at around $2,000. Plus, the College offers a variety of financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships.


The Access and Diversity Office provides support to adult students of all backgrounds through Programming for Adult Student Support and Pellissippi Achieves for Adult Learners. Both programs support degree attainment through planning and mentoring services, group support, and guidance through the process of applying to college, earning financial aid, and registering for classes.

For first-generation, low-income, or disabled students, TRiO Student Support Services offer a comprehensive program of services that are intended to foster a climate of academic excellence while helping nontraditional students adjust to the culture of higher education.


Academic Fresh Start is a plan of academic forgiveness that allows students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a clean start upon returning to college. Readmitted students who were formally enrolled at Pellissippi State, as well as transfer students who meet admission requirements and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of four years are eligible for Academic Fresh Start. Please see the Admissions and Registration section of the College Catalog for details.


Through prior learning assessment, students may be able to earn credit for what they’ve already learned, including for knowledge gained outside a traditional academic environment. Credit may be earned for life experiences, a former career, employee training, military service, independent study or even volunteer work.


Career, family, and the many other responsibilities of an adult—Pellissippi State understands that your life is full of demands. In addition to traditional weekday scheduling, the College offers classes nights, weekends and online.


Popular with adult learners are cohorts, which allow groups of students to follow the same schedule and progress through a degree program together. Accelerated pathway cohorts like Management and Early Childhood Education allow part-time students to earn a degree more quickly, thanks to shorter-length courses.


Tutoring and mentoring services are available to all students in the Academic Support Center of each of our campuses. In addition to offering one-on-one tutoring on a walk-in basis, the Centers provide 24/7 online tutoring. Students also have free access to computers loaded with state-of-the-art, relevant programs.


The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center provides tutoring, mentoring, advising, financial aid assistance and job placement services specifically to veterans—all in a fully equipped study center, complete with lounge, on the Hardin Valley Campus. Veterans also have access to resources through a partnership between Pellissippi State and the University of Tennessee’s Veterans’ Pre-College program.