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Why do I need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if Reconnect is tuition-free?

Reconnect is a last-dollar program. That means that any Pell Grant funds and other state tuition-restricted scholarships or awards you may qualify for are applied to your tuition and fees bill first, with Reconnect paying the remaining in-district tuition, mandatory fees, or contact hours not covered.

If you don't qualify for any federal or other state aid, Reconnect will cover the full cost of in-district tuition, mandatory fees, and contact hours, but you must still file a FAFSA.

Check out the "Funding and Costs" section of the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what this scholarship covers and doesn't cover.