Cleveland State Reconnect

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

Beginning Fall 2018, the Tennessee Reconnect Act establishes a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend community college tuition-free! Every Tennessean will have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education with no tuition expenses. Tennessee Reconnect covers tuition and fees after other grant 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;
  • Have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year preceding the date of application for the grant;
  • Complete the FAFSA and be deemed an independent student;
  • Be admitted to Cleveland State and enroll in a degree or certificate program at least part time (6 semester hours); and
  • Participate in an advising program approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission


An independent student is defined as one of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, 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.

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!


Contact Us To Get Started

Call or email Natalia Williams, Counselor/Coordinator of Adult Student Services

423.478.6217 or

Primary Contact Information
Adult Student Services

3535 Adkisson Dr
Cleveland, TN 37312




Questions? We are here for YOU!


Partners & Initiatives

  • Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator
  • America's SBDC Tennesseey
  • Your Skills. Your Future.
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  • Cleveland State Sustainability Initiative
  • Tennessee's Community Colleges
  • TN eCampus
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathway