Southwest Reconnect Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will Southwest Reconnect cover tuition for more than 6 credit hours per semester?

A: Yes, Southwest Reconnect will cover 12 or more hours. You will need to take a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Q: Will I need to complete a FAFSA?

A: Yes, you must complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and submit any required financial aid documents to the Financial Aid Office.

Q: Where do I go to see if I need to submit documentation to the Financial Aid Office?

A: You can view any Financial Aid requirements you may need to submit by checking your mySouthwest student dashboard at my.southwest.tn.edu.

Q: When is the deadline to complete the FAFSA?

A: Complete the FAFSA by September 1 to be eligible for the Fall semester each year and by February 1 to be eligible for the Spring/Summer semester each calendar year.

Q: Does Southwest Reconnect cover textbooks?

A: No, Southwest Reconnect does not cover the cost of textbooks.

Q: Does Southwest Reconnect cover RODP courses?

A: Yes, Southwest Reconnect will cover the tuition of the course(s) but does not cover the additional RODP fee.

Q: I am not a Tennessee resident. Will I still be eligible for Southwest Reconnect?

A: No, only students who have been Tennessee residents for at least a year will be eligible.

Q: I have a balance with my prior school, will I be eligible for Southwest Reconnect?

A: In order to determine your eligibility, official transcripts from previous institutions must be received. If you owe a debt to a previous institution(s), and it is preventing you from obtaining your official transcripts, you must resolve your debt at that institution(s) for release of your official transcripts.

Q: I am in default on my previous student loans. Will I be eligible for Southwest Reconnect?

A: You would not be eligible for Southwest Reconnect if you are in default status. However, you can contact the Department of Education at 1-800-621-3115 to get information about options which could clear the default status from your record. Once you are cleared you could be eligible.

Q: If I am already enrolled at Southwest and meet all the qualifications can I earn Reconnect Now funding?

A: Yes. Adult students currently enrolled at Southwest and meet all criteria for Reconnect Now will be eligible to receive the last-dollar scholarship. You will need to complete the FAFSA by the deadline.