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Adults. Free tuition. Fall 2017.

You might have heard that Tennessee is considering a last-dollar scholarship to adult students beginning fall 2018. At Pellissippi State, we didn’t feel you should have to wait to go to college.

This is your time. Enroll today. 


What is Reconnect Now?

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.


What costs will Reconnect Now cover?

As a last-dollar scholarship, Reconnect Now will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees that aren’t paid for through other state and federal financial aid. Reconnect Now won’t cover the costs of some fees, textbooks and other costs like travel or childcare.


Do I qualify for Reconnect Now?

You qualify for Reconnect Now if

  • You’ve never earned a college degree
  • You’ve been a Tennessee resident since August 1, 2016
  • You complete the FAFSA by August 1, 2017 
  • You are designated as an “independent” on the FAFSA
  • You attend and complete courses at least as a part-time student, beginning fall 2017


What’s an “independent” on the FAFSA?

You may qualify as an “independent” in several different ways. FAFSA has a useful checklist to see if you qualify.


How do I apply?

To apply for Reconnect Now, you need to enroll at Pellissippi State and complete the FAFSA by August 1, 2017. The FAFSA is your application. If you meet all of the qualifications for Reconnect Now, we’ll contact you. The sooner you complete the FAFSA, the sooner you’ll know if this scholarship applies to you.

Remember, Pellissippi State also offers dozens of scholarships. Complete the scholarship application to learn if you qualify.


How do I keep the scholarship once I get it?

To earn and keep Reconnect Now funding, you need to

  • Register for classes in an associate degree program
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours every fall and spring semester, beginning in fall 2017
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Participate in advising and complete an academic plan by October 2, 2017
  • Renew your FAFSA every year


If I am already enrolled at Pellissippi State and meet all the qualifications, can I earn Reconnect Now funding?

Yes. Adult students currently enrolled at Pellissippi State who meet all the other criteria for Reconnect Now will be eligible to receive the last-dollar scholarship beginning in fall 2017. You will need to complete the FAFSA by the Aug. 1 deadline.


Will Reconnect Now continue past the 2017-2018 academic year?

Pellissippi State anticipates that the state’s Reconnect program will launch in fall 2018, and plans to work with the state to ensure our qualifying students will be rolled into the state’s program.


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