HOPE, Aspire, Access, and Merit
Application: FAFSA (yearly)
Deadline: Sept. 1 for fall starters and Feb. 1 for spring starters, not available in summer if that is student's first term of enrollment.
Award: 0 - $3,000
Eligibility shall be reviewed by the institution at the end of the semesters in which the student has attempted a total of 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 semester hours
Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 24 & 48 attempted semester hours
Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after 72, 96, and 120 attempted semester hours
Must be enrolled in fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress
Award: 0 - $1,500 supplement to Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
Award amount: 0 - $1 750 for 2-year institutions
Entering freshmen must have a minimum unweighted 2.75 GPA AND 18 - 20 ACT (860 - 970 SAT) AND Parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. This grant is non-renewable. After first year, students will be eligible for Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by meeting HOPE Scholarship renewal criteria.
Award amount: 0- $1,000 supplement per year to Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
Meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship requirements AND
Entering freshmen must have a minimum 3.75 weighted GPA AND 29 ACT (1280 SAT)
Home school students must complete 12 college credit hours (at least 4 courses) with a minimum 3.0 GPA at a Tennessee college or university while they are enrolled in the home school program.
Students must be in a degree seeking program; certificate programs are not eligible.
In order to continue receiving the Lottery scholarship, students must meet the following criteria: Student must meet the institution's SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) standards for each term. GPA Eligibility will be reviewed by the institution at the end of the semesters in which the student has attempted a total of 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 semester hours:
Student must be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
For students who started receiving Lottery prior to fall 2009, eligibility terminates after 5 years or a bachelor’s degree is obtained, whichever comes first. For students who started receiving Lottery fall 2009 and after, eligibility terminates after 5 years, bachelor’s degree is obtained, or the student has attempted 120 hours, whichever comes first.
Students must maintain their enrollment status as of the 14th day of the term.
Available One time only
This option allows students who lost their lottery (due to GPA) the opportunity to regain it by reaching the required cumulative GPA at any subsequent benchmarks. This does include remedial hours. Awards are not retroactive. The student will regain eligibility the first term after they have achieved the required GPA. Students must also stay continuously enrolled and not have changed enrollment status (dropped from full-time to part-time) in a term without written prior approval from the Financial Aid Office.
Students receiving the Lottery scholarship have a one time option to repeat a course and utilize only the higher of the two grades in the calculation
of the postsecondary GPA. Credit hours count for both classes in determining attempted
hours for benchmark purposes.
It is the responsibility of the student to advise Financial Aid and Student Records when these options are exercised.
Additional information for Lottery is available at: Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
for Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS)
Complete the relevant appeal form. Attach verifiable documentation of medical or personal reasons listed on form and a written explanation. The student will be notified in writing and via MyWS within 14 calendar days of the request. NOTE: Appeal forms are available in the Financial Aid Office or by choosing the appropriate form on this website.
Change Enrollment Status Request
Change Enrollment Status Request : A recipient of the TELS may not withdraw or drop below full-time enrollment after the 14th calendar day (census date) of the semester (including the first day of classes) and maintain their scholarship unless the student requests and the institution approves the change in enrollment.
Leave of Absence Request: A recipient of the TELS may be granted a medical or personal leave of absence and resume receiving the TELS award(s) upon resumption of attendance as long as all other applicable eligibility criteria are met.
Request for Reinstatement Due to Grade Change: A student who obtains a grade change must notify the Financial Aid Office within 30 calendar days of the grade change to request reinstatement of the TELS award.
To appeal a Denied decision, you may submit a written request within 14 days to the Institutional Review Panel (IRP) to review the decision. The information you submitted in your original appeal will be provided to the IRP and a decision will be made with 14 calendar days.
To appeal Denied decisions rendered by the Institutional Review Pane (lRP), the student must provide a written request to the Financial Aid Office within 45 calendar days from the date the IRP decision was delivered to the student.