Northeast State Community College - We're here to get you there

Adult Learner Resources

We understand the challenges our adults face trying to fit college into their already busy schedules, and we want you to know we are here to support you every step of the way. Between providing for your family, working a job, and paying bills, returning to college can often seem overwhelming. Our Adult Recruiter will assist you with the admissions process every step of the way. Once you become a student, our Adult Success Coach along with two peer-mentors are dedicated to assist you with whatever questions you may have. We want you to know that achieving your dreams of earning a college degree at Northeast State is possible. Listen to how one of our former students made that dream a reality.

Tennessee Reconnect

TNReconnect was created to assist adults entering higher education, so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. TNReconnect is part of the statewide "Drive to 55" initiative that seeks to increase the number of Tennesseans obtaining post-secondary degrees or credentials. If you qualify, TNReconnect can help pay your tuition and mandatory fees.

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Upcoming Tennessee Reconnect Information Sessions

Register now to learn more information about how the Tennessee Reconnect program can help you reach your goals. Information sessions are offered throughout the week including one evening and one Saturday per month. 



Have questions before an information session?

Contact Jim Henrichs, Director of Student Success & Adult Recruiter

Contact: Jim Henrichs, Director of Student Success at Gray and Elizabethton, Adult Recruiter
Campus: Gray
Room: G106
Address: 120 Dillon Court, Gray, TN 37615
Phone: 423.354.2481

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Complete the FREE application for admission by visiting the Admissions and Records webpage.

The Admissions Office makes it easy to find which form you need by providing a dedicated page for forms. Academic Fresh Start, application for readmission, change of name, address, telephone, or email, change of major, and many other forms can be found on this page as well.

Admissions Online Forms

Interested in a Campus Tour?

Schedule a campus tour to see if Northeast State is the right fit for you. Campus visits are scheduled weekly at various times throughout the day but are by appointment only. Schedule a tour today!

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Flexible Class Offerings and Where We Offer Classes

Northeast State subscribes to the concept of accessibility by extending credit classes through various campuses and satellite facilities. Fifty percent or more of some programs are offered at various campuses and teaching sites. Academic courses at locations other than the Blountville (main) campus are listed by location at the blue Multi-Campus Programs tab below. Courses are available during the day and evening at various locations based on community needs. In addition to multiple teaching sites, Northeast State offers a variety of online options to make it easier for students to take classes. The quality of instruction governing credit courses, offered at all campuses, or through non-traditional program formats, is maintained at the same level and is equivalent in all academic considerations. Visit the Online Learning website for more information.

Available Teaching Sites:

  • Elizabethton
  • Gray
  • Kingsport
    • Kingsport Center for Higher Education
    • Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing
    • Regional Center for Automotive Performance
    • Blazier-Wilson Hall
    • Regional Center for Health Professions

Multi-Campus Programs

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Funding Your Education

Paying for college is critical to students wishing to pursue their dream of a college education. Our Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers both Federal (i.e. Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study) as well as State awards (TN Student Assistance Award, TN Education Lottery Scholarship, TN Promise and TN Reconnect). They also oversee institutional scholarships and provides a list of websites to search for third-party scholarships.

Need assistance completing the FAFSA? Northeast State's Financial Aid Help Center assists students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. This is offered to prospective students who have applied for admission to Northeast State as well as current students who are returning for additional terms. The Center is located in C2402 on the Blountville Campus and is open Monday-Friday.

Apply for Federal Aid - FAFSA

Financial Aid

Northeast State offers QuikPAY, a convenient payment plan. It is not a loan; therefore, there is no debt, and no interest or finance charges are assessed.

Payment Plan

The purpose of Scholarship Programs is to create and promote scholarship opportunities for Northeast State students while offering a range of services to enhance the scholar's collegiate experience. The office works closely with the Northeast State Foundation, which includes the Northeast State Scholars Foundation. The Scholars Foundation supports the college through student-driven initiatives that promote private giving and service learning. Additional scholarships and third-party scholarships are available under Scholarship/Resource Links on the Scholarships website.


Your past experiences and academic performance may qualify you for additional college and community resources beyond federal and state financial aid programs. Adult scholarships may be available through the Scholarship Programs Office.

To be eligible for TN Reconnect, an applicant must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident for one year
  • Complete the FAFSA and meet their definition of an independent student
  • Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree
  • Be admitted to and enroll in a Tennessee public community college at least part time (minimum 6 hours or two classes) in courses leading to a certificate or associate degree
  • Complete the TN Reconnect Application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Not have an outstanding balance of previously awarded financial aid to an institution
  • Not be incarcerated

Visit the TN Reconnect website for more information about the state initiative and how to remain TN Reconnect eligible.

TN Reconnect

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Programs of Study

Northeast State has nearly 135 programs of study from which to choose. If your goal is to get a four-year degree, choose an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Fine Arts degree. If you're looking for an Associate degree that doesn't require transferring, you'll want an Associate of Applied Science degree. There are also Certificate programs which are shorter in length. Both the AAS and Certificate programs prepare you for immediate employment.

Services to Assist You

  • Are you having trouble in class?
  • Are you having difficulty learning the material?
  • Do you need help preparing for a placement test?

If so, the Learning Center is here to help and provide the support you need to be successful.

The Learning Center

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) helps students successfully persist from semester-to-semester, graduate and transfer to a 4-year college or enter a career. TRiO is funded to serve 180 students each year. Applying to TRiO does not guarantee acceptance. Eligibility to apply (must meet at least one of the following three requirements) -- First-Generation College Student based on neither parent/guardian having completed a 4-year Bachelor's Degree; Income Eligibility - meet federal income eligibility guidelines based on family size; Documented Disability based on student being registered with NeSCC Accessibility Services.

TRiO Services

Accessibility Services at Northeast State offers a variety of accommodations and assistance to qualifying students who register with our office in an effort to increase inclusion across our campuses. Reasonable accommodations are reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Accessibility Services

The Advising Resource Center provides academic advising, career advising and transfer advising services to students, coordinates academic advising for the new student orientation program, and manages a variety of outreach programs to promote student success.

Adult Success Coach

Northeast State realizes that outside factors can impact students and their coursework. Therefore, community resources that support the health, welfare, and needs of students are made available.

Student Needs Project

Northeast State realizes that outside factors can impact students and their coursework. Therefore, community resources that support the health, welfare, and needs of students are made available. Each organization has been reviewed by the Student Needs Project staff to ensure that students receive appropriate assistance.

Community Resources

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Career Assistance

Northeast State's Career and Workforce Development Center serves the students and alumni of Northeast State Community College in all aspects of career counseling and professional planning. Dedicated staff is available to assist with resume development, cover letters, interviewing and job search. Additionally, the office can assist individuals with clarifying their objectives and establishing career goals, which will enable them to fulfill their personal potential.

Resources for Veterans

The Veteran & Military Student Success Center serves the educational needs of prospective and enrolled service persons, veterans, their dependents/survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs.

Using Technology

NeSCC offers resources for teaching students how to use technology, including but not limited to, using mobile devices, accessing and utilizing Office 365, using free apps, and receiving technical help.

Digital Engagement

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Obtaining Your High School Equivalency

Don't have your high school diploma? Check out our Adult Education department for free classes!

Adult Education

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Applying to Northeast State

What is the first step I need to take to get into college at Northeast State?

The very first step is to complete the FREE Application for Admission, whether you’ve already been to college or not.

I submitted an application online. Is that all I have to do?

No, you will also need to submit all of the supporting documents to complete your file for admission. Here is a list of required documents:

  • Official transcripts from any college/university you have attended (if applicable). Those can be mailed to us, dropped off in a sealed envelope, or faxed directly from the college.
  • Official high school transcript - submission methods are the same as the college transcript.
  • Clear copy of valid driver’s license - submit it using one of the other methods listed.
  • Placement test (if applicable) - Visit the link. Choose ACCUPLACER at the campus location you prefer, select the date and time, enter your name, etc. and submit it.

How do I get my transcripts from high school?

In many cases you can simply call the high school you attended and ask them to mail your transcript to us. Some schools may require you submit your request in writing.

I received a GED/HiSET. How do I request a transcript?

How do I get my transcripts from another college?

Each college has a unique process, but many require a written request or the submission of an online form. You may want to start by calling the Registrar’s Office at each school, or visiting the part of the school website dedicated to registration and records.

Do I need a placement test?

You will be notified if a placement test is required.

How do I register for the placement test?

Register for the placement test here. Our placement test is called ACCUPLACER.

Is there a cost associated with taking the placement test?

Yes, there is a $10 fee to take the placement test.

What happens if I do not obtain the desired score on the placement test?

If you do not obtain the desired score on the placement test, you will be placed in learning support classes in that particular subject. The Learning Support Program is designed to provide students with the preparation needed for success in college level courses. Placement procedures are designed to ensure that students are enrolled in courses at the appropriate level.

I haven’t lived in Tennessee for a year. Will I have to pay out of state tuition?

If you have not lived in Tennessee for at least 12 months consecutively, you will be asked to submit a Proof of Residency form and supporting materials to show proof of your current Tennessee address. You may contact the Admissions Office for a list of appropriate supporting materials.

I am a Tennessee resident, but I made a mistake on my application stating that I have lived in Tennessee fewer than 12 months. What should I do?

You will still have to complete the Proof of Residency form and supporting materials showing proof of your current Tennessee address.

Paying for College

What are some ways that I can help pay for college?

The TN Reconnect Grant can help pay tuition and fee costs. Learn more about the TN Reconnect program here. Please note that the following items are not covered by TN Reconnect and will be your responsibility if no other sources of aid are available:

  • Online fees for TN eCampus courses
  • Specific course fees such as nursing fees, health professions course fees, music fees, and any other fees specific to a course
  • Books, access codes, or supplies
  • Fines such as parking fines and library fines
  • Calculator rentals
  • Printing costs

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can also receive assistance from different types of grants, applying for scholarships through Northeast State and outside of Northeast State, by setting up a payment plan, by just paying out of pocket, or by obtaining private loans. You can use a combination of these methods to pay for college.

Is there an application for the TN Reconnect Grant?
Yes. Go to and select the link to apply for the TN Reconnect grant located at the top of the page. There is no deadline but it’s in your best interest to complete it at your earliest convenience.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The first thing you need to do is request an FSA ID so that you can use it to complete the FAFSA. This guide will help you find more information about applying for financial aid.

What documents will I need to apply for financial aid?

You will need to use your tax return to complete the FAFSA application. You may also be asked to submit additional documents.

Can someone help me with financial aid?

Yes, we have a Financial Aid Help Center. Our representatives can help you complete your FAFSA.

Will I automatically receive financial aid by applying for it?

You will not automatically receive financial aid by simply applying for it. There are many contributing factors which determine your eligibility to receive financial aid.

How often do I have to apply for financial aid?

You will need to apply for financial aid each year that you will be enrolled in courses.

I was selected for verification. What does that mean?

The U.S. Department of Education selects students for the verification process. Once selected, a college or university financial aid office is required to verify selected items by collecting tax return transcripts and other specified documents to compare the information with items on the student’s FAFSA. You can learn more about verification Learn more about verification here.

Can I use my financial aid money to pay for my books?

Yes, if you have a surplus after all of your tuition and fees have been paid.

What are my responsibilities related to financial aid?

Your responsibilities for financial aid include maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress and other important requirements necessary for financial aid. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities here.

Selecting Classes and Getting Prepared for Classes

How do I schedule my classes?

You will be asked to attend an orientation designed specifically for adult learners. You will meet with an advisor and schedule your classes at that time amongst other things.

Can I only take classes at one campus?

No, you can take classes at any of our campus locations or online.

How do I choose a major?

If you do not know what major you want to pursue, you can meet with our Career and Workforce Development Center. You will be asked to complete an online assessment to discover your interests, then you can meet with a representative from the Career and Workforce Development Center to discuss the majors that fit your interests.

Am I required to get a student ID?

Yes. You will receive your student ID at orientation, so be prepared to have your photo taken on the day you attend orientation!

Do you have a computer lab where I can do my homework?

Yes, we have computers available at all of our campus locations for students to use.

Does the school have tutors available?

Yes, we have several tutoring options available. You may visit our Learning Center when tutors are available, you may use a TRiO tutor if you qualify for that program, or work with tutors for specific subject areas.

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Connect with Northeast State

Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.