Senior Citizens Students

Persons with a permanent, total disability, or will become 65 years of age or older during the semester they enroll, and who are domiciled in Tennessee, may take classes for credit at a reduced fee of $70 per semester, providing there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment.

Persons with a permanent, total disability, or who are 60 years of age or older and domiciled in Tennessee, and persons who have retired from state service with 30 or more years of service, regardless of age may audit courses at no fee, providing there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment. 

Applicants seeking admission as senior citizen students at the College must meet the following requirements:

Application:

A completed application for admission to Volunteer State Community College is required.

Application Fee:

Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $20.00 with their initial application for admission.

Citizenship:

Applicants who would like to be eligible for a state public benefit (in-state tuition) are required to verify their US citizenship or lawful presence with the college.  To learn more, please visit our citizenship page.

Placement Testing:

Unless otherwise exempt by ACT scores, transfer credit, etc., all special undergraduate students who have not previously completed a math or English course at the college level with a grade of "C" or better will be required to take the placement test when registering for a math or English course. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to complete a specialized placement test.

Applicants with transfer credit who have not been assessed at a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution or completed any college-level courses in English composition and/or college-level math with a grade of "C" or better will be assessed according to the College's assessment and placement procedures. Transfer applicants with valid (less than three years old) ACT scores may be placed using those scores.

Applicant Age:

For audit courses, no fee is required for persons with a permanent, total disability, persons 60 years of age or older and domiciled in Tennessee, and persons who have retired from state service with 30 or more years of service, regardless of age. For credit, a fee of $70 per semester or $60 per trimester may be charged to persons with a permanent, total disability, and persons who will become 65 years of age or older during the academic semester in which they begin classes and who are domiciled in Tennessee. (Note: This fee includes all mandatory fees; it does not include course-specific fees such as all miscellaneous course fees, materials fees, application fee, online course fees and parking fees.) This only applies to enrollment on a space available basis, which permits registration no earlier than four (4) weeks prior to the first day of classes.  Senior Citizens must verify their birth date, either with their driver's license or birth certificate.

Immunization:

Please visit our immunization page for detailed information about the types of vaccinations required.