Tennesseans can now take advantage of tuition-free community and technical college benefits through Tennessee Reconnect.

The new scholarship was approved by state lawmakers in 2017 and builds off the Tennessee Promise Program for high school graduates.

Tennessee Reconnect established a last-dollar scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate free of tuition or mandatory fees.

"We want to send a clear message that wherever you fall on life's path, you have the opportunity to earn an education beyond high school," Haslam said.

To take advantage of the state benefits beginning in the coming fall semester, Haslam encourage adults to follow four steps to apply.

Only Tennessee residents without an associate or bachelor's degree can be considered for the scholarship. Applicants must also have established residency in the state for at least one full year and need to file as an independent student on the FAFSA.