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Pellissippi State Offer Free Tuition

by Dakota Makres


Free tuition offered to current and new students.


Pellissippi State announced that it will offer free tuition to adults. The new program “Reconnect Now” ( was modeled after Governor Bill Haslam’s “Reconnect” program.

Richard Smelser, Financial Aid Director, explained how Pellissippi’s “Reconnect Now” program works. “Students have to be independent on the FAFSA to receive free tuition. Which means the students are married, has a child, or homeless,” stated Smelser.

The “Reconnect Now” program is for new and current students. To qualify for “Reconnect Now” students must:

  • Be independent on the FAFSA
  • Complete the FAFSA by Aug. 1, 2017
  • Must enroll in at least six credit hours
  • Be a Tennessee resident since Aug. 1, 2016
  • Do not have an associates or bachelor’s degree.