The grant is available at Tennessee’s public community colleges, or other eligible four-year institutions that offer associate degrees. Check below for a full list of eligible institutions where you can use the Reconnect grant.
To be eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect grant, an applicant must:
*Currently incarcerated individuals (if eligible) may work with Re-Entry Navigators to prepare for attendance upon release.
To receive and maintain this grant, an adult learner must:
In order to be eligible to receive the Reconnect grant, applicants must participate in a Reconnect Success Plan. When you apply for the grant, you will be asked a series of questions that will help us match you with resources and information available through local Reconnect Navigators and through your college of choice. Your Reconnect Success Plan will be generated once you complete the Reconnect grant application. Make sure you print it or save it to your computer so that you can access it any time you need it. Think of it as your support “map” – it will come in handy on your journey to a degree!
Recipients will receive the grant until they either (1) earn an associate degree, (2) complete the total number of semester hours necessary to complete the degree, or (3) fail to maintain either continuous enrollment or a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Beginning in Fall 2018, students may be able to enroll in a two-year program at an eligible four-year college or university. In order to use the Tennessee Reconnect grant at a four-year college or university, students must enroll in an associate degree program at that school – not a bachelor’s degree program. A list of associate degree programs at each eligible four-year institution across the state is below for your reference. Students enrolling in a health sciences program will only begin receiving funds once admitted into the actual program of study.
At a four-year institution, the Tennessee Reconnect grant will not be last-dollar, meaning it will not cover all tuition and fees. The amount of funding you will receive will be based on the average amount of tuition and fees at a community college, which is estimated to be $4,200. As a last-dollar scholarship, Tennessee Reconnect will provide whatever amount remains after your Pell, HOPE, and TSAA funds are applied. For example, if you were to receive $1,000 in Pell funds, but no other federal or state financial aid, Tennessee Reconnect would provide $3,200 to cover the remaining amount that you could apply toward tuition and fees at a four-year school.
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*These institutions currently offer two-year programs which may be eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect Grant in the 2021-22 academic year. Students must be admitted to the associate degree program before they can participate in Tennessee Reconnect. Four-year programs at these institutions are not eligible.
Programs are current as of July 2017. Please confirm program eligibility with the college before enrolling.
To receive the Reconnect Grant, and to receive any other financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This ensures that you will receive all the federal and state aid you will qualify for. Contact your local community college or Reconnect Navigator if you need assistance with the FAFSA. The Reconnect Grant is a last dollar grant, so it funds the remaining tuition after gift aid is applied to your account. For purposes of the Reconnect Grant, gift aid is defined as the Federal Pell Grant, the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA), and lottery-funded programs.*
*Students who receive the Reconnect Grant are financially responsible for books and supplies.