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Drive to 55

Governor Bill Haslam has challenged Tennessee with a critical mission: the Drive to 55 – the Drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. It’s not just a mission for higher education, but a mission for workforce and economic development, a drive to reduce unemployment and improve the quality of life.  To help Tennessee achieve this mission, state legislators have passed several pieces of legislature over the last 4 years to make it easier for Tennesseans to receive a post-secondary certificate or degree.

Which program is for you?

Tennessee Promise - Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.

Tennessee Reconnect - The Tennessee Reconnect Act establishes a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology tuition-free. With this extension of the Drive to 55, which comes at no additional cost to taxpayers, every Tennessean will have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education with no tuition expenses. Click Here to learn more about how to take advantage of the Tennessee Reconnect Act. 


Don't let excuses hold you back. Still have questions?

We have resources right here in Rutherford County to help you through the process. 

Middle TN Reconnect
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Get Started:
FAFSA Independent Student Worksheet
Scholarships and Financial Aid


Are you an employer?
Find out how this initiative could benefit your organization.

Rutherford Reconnect - A local team of employers has joined with local post-secondary partners, the Tennessee Higher Education Council and the Nashville Career Advancement Center (Murfreesboro location) to help support current employees returning to school.