Deadlines extended for TN Reconnect (adults without degrees) & Dual Enrollment Grants (high school students)

Deadlines extended for TN Reconnect & Dual Enrollment scholarships

Great news for adults who want to start or finish college and high school students who want to take for-credit college classes!

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) has extended the filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the Tennessee Reconnect grant program AND the application deadline for Dual Enrollment Grants.

Reconnect is the state’s last-dollar scholarship program that enables adults without a college degree or certificate to attend a Tennessee community or technical college tuition-free.

Dual Enrollment Grants pay for college classes for high school students.

TSAC said many students faced difficulties completing the requirements for those programs due to conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, TSAC announced that it is:

  • Extending the 2020-21 FAFSA filing deadline for the Tennessee Reconnect Grant Program to May 15, 2021. (Previous deadline was Feb. 1.)  
  • Extending the Dual Enrollment Grant application deadline for the Spring 2021 term at community colleges and four-year institutions to May 15, 2021. (Previous deadline was Feb. 1.)
  • Extending the Dual Enrollment Grant application deadline for the Spring 2021 term at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) to May 15, 2021. (Previous deadline was March 1.)

Last month, TSAC extended the FAFSA filing deadline for the Tennessee Promise program and the priority FAFSA deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award to March 1 of this year, a month later than the previous Feb. 1 deadline. The extension is in effect for high school seniors applying for the first time and for students already receiving the assistance. Students participating in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program must file a FAFSA, or a renewal FAFSA, each year to remain eligible. For more information, see the Tennessee Promise website, For further information on all Tennessee financial aid programs, see the TSAC College Pays website.

Last week, TSAC announced that it is:

•  Waiving the community service requirement for Tennessee Promise Scholarship eligibility in the summer term of 2021.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.