Apply for Student Residency

Become a Student Resident

Dismas was founded with the intention of bringing former prisoners together with college students in a familial environment.  Today, Student Residents remain central in our mission and vital to our model.  As residents, students offer returning citizens a unique support system.

Students themselves are provided a unique opportunity to develop an awareness of social issues while building relationships they will likely carry with them into the future.


Student Resident Admissions Packet


  • Male, 18 years of age or older
  • Priority is given to "traditional" students enrolled in a Middle-Tennessee university, college, or other establishment of higher education
  • "Non-traditional" students and "traditional" students outside of the Middle-Tennessee area will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants convicted of felony charges will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants cannot be under supervision of any corrections agency and must be free from supervision or incarceration for at least one year
  • Applicants registered for a sex offense by any national, state, territorial, or tribal government are ineligible
  • Simultaneous residency will not be granted for charged partners or family members