Cleveland State Reconnect

Adult Learners, Complete Your College Degree at Cleveland State—-Tuition FREE!


The Tennessee Reconnect Act established a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend community college tuition-free! Cleveland State recognizes that not everyone’s schedule for taking classes is the same, so we have expanded the number of programs where degrees can be earned by taking classes during the morning, afternoon, evening, on the weekend and online. Tennessee Reconnect covers tuition and fees after other grants or scholarship programs (tuition waivers and discounts, Pell, TSAA, TELS, etc.) have been applied.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Tennessee Reconnect, you must:

  • Not already have an associate or bachelor degree
  • Be 23 years or older.
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Be admitted to Cleveland State and enroll in a degree or certificate program at least part-time (6 semester hours)

In order to maintain the Tennessee Reconnect grant, you must enroll in classes leading to an associate’s degree or certificate, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and maintain continuous enrollment.

Why Reconnect at Cleveland State? 

  • You may already have College Credit toward your degree!

Your credits may transfer from other colleges you’ve attended. And, with Prior Learning Assessment, your work experience, training, or professional certifications may count for more college credits!

  • Take Classes Close to Home or Work

With a campus in Cleveland, and Off-campus Centers in Athens and Monroe County, we’re close to where you live and work!

  • Fit Classes into Your Busy Schedule

Classes are offered in the day, evenings, and online.

  • We’re focused on your success!

Our success coaches, faculty advisors, tutors, and other staff are here to help you!

  • Explore Your Options

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs, Cleveland State has something to offer almost everyone!

Get Started in Four Easy Steps

Tennessee Reconnect is a scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, tuition-free.There are four easy steps for you to follow to Reconnect and use the Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship at Cleveland State to earn your degree:

1. Apply for Tennessee Reconnect

Complete the scholarship application and review your results from the Tennessee Reconnect Success Plan

2. Apply to Cleveland State Community College
3. File Your FAFSA 

Contact the Enrollment Services Team at Cleveland State if you need assistance with the FAFSA.

4. Enroll 

Enroll in a degree or certificate program at least part-time and launch your future.

Contact Info For Adult Student Services


Phone: 423-478-6217