Reconnect for an Associate Degree

Click here to apply for the Tennessee Reconnect grant.

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.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect grant, an applicant must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Qualify as an independent student on the FAFSA
  • Not be incarcerated*
  • Not have previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree
  • Not be in default on student loan
  • Not owe an outstanding balance to an institution
  • Be admitted to and enroll in a Tennessee public community college at least part-time (minimum 6 hours) in courses leading to a certificate or associate degree

*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:

  • Enroll in at least six (6) credit hours in the fall and spring semesters through degree completion  [Summer term is the only optional term, and is covered if eligibility is maintained]
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) 
  • Complete the renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year 
  • Continue to participate in the Reconnect Success Plan and update the plan each academic year 
  • Complete degree/certification within five (5) calendar years 

What is the Reconnect Success Plan?

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!

How long can I receive this grant?

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.

At what institutions can I use the Reconnect grant?

Tennessee Community Colleges

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, TN

Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland, TN

Columbia State Community College

Columbia, TN

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, TN

Jackson State Community College

Jackson, TN

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, TN

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, TN

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, TN

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, TN

Roane State Community College

Harriman, TN

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Memphis, TN

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, TN

Walters State Community College

Morristown, TN

Tennessee Reconnect at Four-Year Institutions:

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.


Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

  • Engineering Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management Technology

Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing


Baptist College of Health Sciences

Memphis, TN

  • Pre-Health Studies

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

  • General Studies

Bryan College

Dayton, TN

  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts

Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City, TN

  • Liberal Arts

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

  • Business Studies
  • General Studies
  • Psychology

Cumberland University

Lebanon, TN

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • General Studies

Hiwassee College

Madisonville, TN

  • Agri-Business Technology
  • Allied Health
  • Business
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Education
  • Forestry Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Science

John A. Gupton College

Nashville, TN

  • Funeral Services

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN

  • Biblical Studies
  • Intercultural Studies

King University

Bristol, TN

  • General Studies

Lane College

Jackson, TN

  • Communications
  • General Business
  • Religion
  • Sociology

LeMoyne-Owen College

Memphis, TN

  • General Studies (A.A.)
  • General Studies (A.S.)

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN

  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Health Sciences
  • Veterinary Medical Technology

South College

Knoxville, TN

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Science
  • Health Science (Pre-Pharmacy)
  • Investigation and Security (A.S.)
  • Investigation and Security (certificate)
  • Medical Assisting (A.S.)
  • Medical Assisting (certificate)
  • Network Administration & Security
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pharmacy Technician (A.S.)
  • Pharmacy Technician (certificate)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Teaching

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN

  • Accounting
  • Auto Service
  • Business Administration
  • Construction Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering Studies
  • General Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Technology
  • Nursing
  • Personal Selling
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Nutrition & Diabetes
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Speech Language Pathology & Audiology
  • Religion

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, TN

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Christian Ministry
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Praise & Worship
  • Professional Communication
  • Songwriting

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN

  • General Studies

Union University

Jackson, TN

  • Professional Studies

Welch College

Nashville, TN

  • General Studies
  • Biology: Pre-Nursing
  • Business
  • Early Childhood
  • Ministry

*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.

Do I need to fill out a FAFSA?

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.