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Financial Aid - TN Reconnect

If you’re over age 24 or you’re qualified as an "independent" on your FAFSA, and you are looking to earn a degree — either as a returning or first-time student — then you’re a TN Reconnect student and may qualify for the Tennessee Reconnect program.

Remember, no matter what type of student you are, you need to be aware of the Loading... each semester. These deadlines don’t delay your ability to register for classes or even your ability to qualify for other types of financial aid — but missing a deadline can mean that your financial aid disbursements are delayed.

Tennessee Reconnect FAFSA filing deadlines:

  • Fall – September 1
  • Spring – February 1
  • Summer –February 1

Your financial aid checklist is below.


  1. Fill out the FAFSA.

After you’ve applied to Pellissippi State, fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also called the FAFSA) and apply for the Tennessee Reconnect Grant.

The FAFSA helps determine if you qualify for federal and state financial aid, scholarships and grants. Remember, some funds tied to the FAFSA are first-come, first-served. For that reason, it’s best to fill out the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA opens each year in October in advance of the fall semester you’d likely attend college — for example, if you were entering college in fall 2020, you’d fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible following October 1, 2019.

Our financial aid experts can help you answer questions about the FAFSA, and the U.S. Department of Education answers many common questions online. We also have a FAFSA Checklist (PDF) to help you through the process. Use the provided Data Retrieval Tool to help complete the financial portion of the FAFSA.

What happens if I’m selected for FAFSA verification?

The Department of Education selects some students for verification. This simply means that we at Pellissippi State must verify the information you provided on the FAFSA before we can issue your financial aid award.

If you’re selected for verification, we’ll alert you in myPellissippi under the “Financial Aid” tab. It’s incredibly important that you submit or complete any documents we ask you for as soon as you can. Delays in completing the verification process may mean delays in your financial aid package.

The most common requirements during a verification are to clarify or verify your citizenship, marital status, income status, dependent status, child support status or degree status. Often, a verification requires a tax or wage transcript, which you can request from the IRS.


  1. Apply for Pellissippi State scholarships.

Pellissippi State has dozens and dozens of private scholarships for students of all types. Fill out our scholarship application, and we will match you to any scholarship for which you qualify. There are no guarantees that a scholarship fits you, but it’s a great idea to apply. If we can help you pay for college, we will.


  1. Check your myPellissippi account for financial aid disbursements and alerts.

Once you’ve completed your applications for financial aid, we’ll contact you through myPellissippi about your financial aid awards, any requirements you must meet and upcoming deadlines. Don’t forget to check frequently for updates.

Our last reminder to you is to remember that there are financial aid consequences for withdrawing from a class (or from simply deciding to no longer attend). Depending upon the financial aid you use, there may also be financial aid consequences for the number of classes you take or for your GPA. If you have questions, ask us.


  1. Confirm your schedule and pay tuition & fees.

Once all of previous steps are completed — including registering for classes — all students must confirm their schedule and pay tuition and fees. After any financial aid awards you receive appear on the confirmation screen in myPellissippi, you must confirm your schedule and pay any remaining tuition and fees. If your financial aid covers the cost of tuition and fees, you still must confirm your schedule. Students who do not confirm their schedules run the risk of having their schedules deleted. 

If you were selected for FAFSA verification and are not able to complete verification by the Schedule Confirmation and Fee Deadline, you will need to set up a payment arrangement with the Cashier or risk being dropped from class.

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