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Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship that provides FREE tuition for adults to attend a community college. There’s no time like now to begin a degree or certificate program at Columbia State.

Whether you are beginning college for the first time, want to finish what you started, or get your career back on track Columbia State and Tennessee Reconnect can help you get the skills you need.

We have five convenient locations, more than 80 academic paths to choose from, and day, evening and online classes to fit your schedule. Don't wait. Complete the Reconnect Grant and Columbia State applications today to get started.

Need more information? Sign up below for one of our information sessions.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Haven't earned an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be determined as an independent student.
  • Be admitted to Columbia State and enroll in a degree or certificate program.
  • Must attend at least part-time (6 credit hours).
  • Maintain continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring semesters. Summer is optional)

 To maintain Tennessee Reconnect, students must maintain continuous enrollment and a 2.0 GPA.

Get Started Now!

Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship that provides an opportunity for eligible adults to attend Columbia State tuition-free.

What's Your Next Step?

Information Sessions

Attend one of our information sessions to learn more about Tennessee Reconnect and what it takes to go back to school as an adult.

Topics will include:

  • Tennessee Reconnect eligibility requirements
  • How to apply
  • Academic programs and length
  • Transfer credit
  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • University transfer
  • Career Outlooks
  • VETS Campus 

Sign up for an upcoming Information Session below.

Upcoming Tennessee Reconnect Info Sessions

Register for an upcoming session by completing the form above. 

  • Monday, July 8 – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Thursday, July 11 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Saturday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 15 – 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Adult Learner FAFSA Assistance Session - Virtual)
  • Monday, July 15 – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Thursday, July 18 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 22 – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 29 – 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Adult Learner FAFSA Assistance Session - Virtual)
  • Monday, July 29 – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Virtual) 
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