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More than 10,000 apply for Tennessee's free-tuition program for adults

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that so far this year, more than 10,000 adults have applied to Tennessee Reconnect, the state's new program that allows adults, no matter their age, to go to community college or technical schools tuition-free. (Images: Pexels, logo taken from TNReconnect.gov)

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that so far this year, more than 10,000 adults have applied to Tennessee Reconnect, the state's new program that allows adults, no matter their age, to go to community college or technical schools tuition-free.

Haslam said the immense interest in the program shows that Tennesseans understand the value of education and training beyond high school. The governor's statement said the investment in Tennessee's workforce is creating a solid foundation for the state's economic future.

Applications for the program opened on Feb. 15. State officials are encouraging people to apply by April 15 to complete all steps for fall enrollment. Tennesseans can still apply all year round.

State officials say the average applicant age is 34 years old, but some people in their late 70s and early 80s have applied.

If you would like to apply for the program, follow these steps:

  • Complete the application at TNReconnect.gov;
  • Apply to a local community college or eligible Tennessee Reconnect institution;
  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at FAFSA.ed.gov; and
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program at least part-time.

You can read more about the program on Tennessee's government website here.

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