Be a hero. Be a graduate. Reconnect.

The resources provided in this section are a guide to help Reconnectors get started on this exciting journey to completing a degree or certificate. Please bookmark this page as a quick reference for contact and program information. Our Resources page will be kept up-to-date, as we are continually receiving new information on local and regional resources. If you need help in locating a resource that is not listed here, please contact one of our College Success Advisors, they will be glad to assist you.

To help you get started, please review our online Guide To and Through College, which details step by step everything you need to get you on that path back into college.

TN Reconnect One-Pager to learn more about the Eligibility Requirements to qualify for the TN Reconnect Grant.

Northeast Tennessee TCATs, Community Colleges and Universities

Launch My Career TN

LaunchMyCareer, made possible with support from USA Funds, helps you cut through the confusion and find programs of study that can lead to well-paying jobs and a good life.


The Department of Veterans Affairs provides the interest and aptitude assessment tool known as CareerScope at no cost to all eligible benefit recipients. CareerScope has been used frequently by Veterans to determine the best career path for transition to civilian life.

Focus 2

Focus 2 will help you select the right major at ETSU, explore career options, understand the relationship between education and career planning, and engage in activities that support career development.  Click the link above, then locate the Focus 2 “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT” link to begin your assessment.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) CLICK HERE

Completing a FAFSA is the first step in applying for most federal, state, and college-provided financial aid for students. It stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid because it is filed with the US Department of Education, but most state-sponsored and college-sponsored aid requires the same FAFSA filing, so it is not only for federally sponsored student aid as the name might imply.

The FAFSA is used by aid providers to determine the amount of the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the amount that they expect the student’s family could contribute toward the student’s college education. EFC varies from student to student since it is based on the specific financial situation of the student and often of the student’s parents as well.

The FAFSA is often 100+ questions long and can cover various areas such as the student’s family situation, the student’s educational background, the student’s educational plans and prospective colleges, the student’s finances, the student’s spouse’s finances, and the student’s parents’ finances. Whether or not parent financial information is required depends on whether or not the student is determined to still be a dependent of one of their parents.

Once the FAFSA application is completed and filed, a federal processor will examine all the information provided and pass the examination results on to the financial aid offices of the preferred colleges listed on the FAFSA.


Go to the Minimum Criteria for Institutional Academic Fresh Start Policies section to see the requirements for Academic Fresh Start. Remember to check with the school you want to attend as their policies may differ.

“Academic Fresh Start” is a plan of academic forgiveness which allows undergraduate students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a clean start upon returning to college after an extended absence.

The Academic Fresh Start allows eligible students to resume study without being penalized for his/her past unsatisfactory scholarship and signals the initiation of a new QPA/GPA to be used for determining academic standing.

Readmitted students who were formally enrolled in the institution as well as transfer students who meet institutional requirements for admission and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of four (4) years are eligible for the Fresh Start.




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Unicoi County


Washington County