tnreconnect & reconnect to workforce

Guidelines to Qualify for TN Reconnect

To be eligible for this grant, an applicant must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident.
  • Not have previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree
  • Be at least 23 years old on or before January 1st, OR classified as independent on the FAFSA.
    (An independent student is defined as one of the following: at least 23 years old, married, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, or someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.)
  • Fill out a TN Reconnect Scholarship Application listing your eligible college of choice
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) listing your eligible college of choice as the first school.
  • 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
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Not have an outstanding balance of previously awarded financial aid to an institution
  • Not be incarcerated

To receive and maintain this grant, an adult learner must:

  • Enroll in at least six (6) semester hours in the fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the renewal FAFSA each year
  • Continue to participate in the Reconnect Success Plan