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Home » Financial Aid Home » Types of Financial Aid » Tennessee Education Lottery (TELS)

TELS Eligibility And Renewal Criteria

Rules and Regulations are subject to change without notice. For more information about the eligibility and criteria listed below, click here.

 

HOPE Scholarship
Award amount is $4,000 per year for full-time enrollment, and is prorated for enrollment of 6 to 11 hours. Additional amounts are available for Merit and Aspire Supplement Awards, as indicated below.


Graduate of Eligible High School (according to TSAC requirements) must have at least a 21 ACT (980 SAT) OR cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Graduate of Home School or Ineligible Tennessee High School must have at least a 21 ACT (980 SAT).


GED graduate must have at least a 525 GED AND 21 ACT (980 SAT).


Student must enroll in eligible higher education institution no later than 16 months after high school graduation, home school completion, or GED test date.


Scores for ACT or SAT tests taken on a national test date during the 16-month sit-out period will be accepted; however, the ACT or SAT must be taken before the student is enrolled at a higher education institution.


General Assembly Merit Scholarship
Award amount is $1,000 in addition to Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, for a total of $5,000 per year.

 

Graduate of Eligible High School must have at least a 3.75 weighted high school GPA AND a 29 ACT (1280 SAT).


Graduate of Home School or Ineligible Tennessee High School must have at least a 29 ACT (1280 SAT) AND 12 hours of dual-enrollment credit with a 3.0 GPA.


GED graduates are not eligible for a Merit Supplement.


Aspire Supplement
Award amount is $1,500 in addition to Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, for a total of $5500 per year.

 

Graduates of Eligible High School, Home School, or Ineligible High School must meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship requirements (listed above) and the following income requirements:

• Parent(s) of dependent student must have Adjusted Gross Income of $36,000 or less on FAFSA.


• Independent student must have Adjusted Gross Income (including income of spouse, if applicable) of $36,000 or less on FAFSA.

GED graduates are not eligible for an Aspire Supplement.

HOPE Access Grant
Award amount is $2,750.


Graduate of Eligible High School must meet ALL of the following criteria:

• Have at least a GPA of 2.75,


AND Have an 18, 19, or 20 ACT (860-970 SAT),


AND Have an Adjusted Gross Income of $36,000 or less. (See Aspire Supplement for details.)

Grant is only available for first 24 attempted hours. Student may become eligible for Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by meeting HOPE Scholarship renewal criteria after 24 attempted hours.


Home School graduates, Ineligible High School graduates, and GED applicants are not eligible for a Hope Access Grant.


Foster Care Grant
Award amount is difference between Cost of Attendance and total of all other grant and scholarship aid.


Graduates of Eligible High School, Home School, Ineligible High School, or GED must meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship initial eligibility requirements (listed above) and the following requirements:

• A child who was in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services for at least one year since age 14. (The child may have been adopted after that time.)


• Students must submit proof of status from Department of Children’s Services to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). TSAC will notify MTSU if the student is eligible for the grant.

Non-Traditional Grant
A non-traditional student may qualify for a Hope Scholarship by meeting eligibility criteria and academic requirements. The student must meet the following criteria:

• First-time freshman (with no prior college credit) for Fall 2005 or subsequent semester.


• At least 25 years old on September 1 of initial academic year of enrollment.


• Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $36,000 or less on the FAFSA.


• 2.75 TELS GPA after 12 TELS attempted hours.


• Meet eligibility requirements in regard to citizenship, residency, and enrollment status (all TELS requirements except those pertaining to ACT and high school GPA standards).


• Must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year. The FAFSA must be processed every year by September 1.

A student who meets the above criteria may qualify for a Hope Scholarship of $4000 per year; award amounts are prorated for enrollment of 6 to 11 hours. According to TSAC’s TELS policy, a non-traditional student is not eligible to receive a Merit Scholarship, Aspire Supplement, or Access Grant.


Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Renewal Criteria:
For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship prior to fall 2009

• The student must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 24 and 48 semester hours.


• The student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72, 96 semester hours, and any subsequent multiple of 24 attempted semester hours thereafter.


• If the student does not have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72, 96 semester hours, and any subsequent multiple of 24 attempted semester hours thereafter, then the student must:

o Have a minimum 2.75 – 2.99 cumulative GPA and have a semester grade point average of at least at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72 and 96 semester hours. The student’s continued eligibility will be determined on a semester-by-semester basis and must maintain full-time enrollment.

• If a student ceases to be academically eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, the student may regain the award one-time only. The award may be re-established once the student meets any of the above criteria and maintains continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress at an eligible postsecondary institution without the HOPE Scholarship.


• Must be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in fall 2009 and thereafter

• The student must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 24 and 48 semester hours.


• The student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72 and 96 semester hours.

o If the student’s program of study is greater than 120 semester hours in length (not to exceed 136 semester hours or the number of semester hours required to earn the degree), the student must have a minimum 3.0 at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 120 semester hours.
• If the student does not have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72 and 96 semester hours, then the student must:
o Have a minimum 2.75 – 2.99 cumulative GPA and have a semester GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72 and 96 semester hours. The student’s continued eligibility will be determined on a semester-by-semester basis and must maintain full-time enrollment.

• If a student ceases to be academically eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, the student may regain the award one-time only. The award may be re-established once the student meets any of the above criteria and maintains continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress at an eligible postsecondary institution without the HOPE Scholarship.


• Must be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress