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The HOPE scholarship, funded by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program, is available only to Tennessee residents. This scholarship is sometimes called the “Lottery” or “TELS” scholarship.

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS) is intended to provide financial support for Tennessee’s best high school students and encourage them to remain in TN for their college education. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation is the state headquarters for the TELS program. Their website contains information about the TELS program and other kinds of state aid.

Forms

  • Lottery Repeat Form
  • Lottery Regain Form

To apply for a HOPE scholarship, you must fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You do not need to complete any additional applications, the HOPE scholarship will be offered to TN residents who meet the qualifications.

The scholarships offered through the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program are listed below or you can review them on the tn.gov website.

  • Deadline:
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov no later than September 1 (for fall) or February 1 (for spring). Use ETSU’s school code 003487 as your first choice in the school code section.
  • Requirements:
    • Minimum 21 ACT (Composite) or 1060 SAT score on a national test date or state test date OR
    • Final cumulative 3.0 GPA for entering freshmen graduation from eligible public or category 1, 2, or 3 private high schools
    • GED/HiSET students must have minimum ACT/SAT test scores stated above AND a qualifying GED/HiSET score. The Minimum Revised GED score is 170. The minimum HiSet score is 15.
    • TN homeschool and non-category 1, 2, or 3 private high school graduates must have ACT/SAT test scores stated above AND must have been enrolled in a homeschool program for 1 year immediately preceding graduation and be registered with a TN local school district
    • Be a TN resident one year prior to application deadline (see above)
    • Enroll in an eligible postsecondary institution within 16 months following graduation from a TN high school or completion of a TN homeschool or GED program.
    • Be enrolled in at least 6 hours
  • Exclusions:
    • Scholarships are not available for out-of-state students.
  • How to Apply:
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov by the deadlines stated above.
  • Award Distribution:

    Scholarships are available as long as you remain academically eligible, until the first of the following things occurs:

    • Deadline:
      • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov no later than September 1 (for fall) or February 1 (for spring). Use ETSU’s school code 003487 as your first choice in the school code section.
    • Requirements:
      • Entering freshmen graduating from eligible public or category 1, 2 or 3 private high schools must have at least a final cumulative 3.75 GPA AND 29 ACT (Composite) or 1330 SAT score on a national test date or state test date.
      • TN homeschool and non-category 1,2, or 3 private high school graduates must have ACT/SAT test scores stated above AND
        • Enroll in at least four (4) dual enrollment courses totaling at least twelve (12) semester hours at an eligible postsecondary institution and achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; OR
        • Participate in a Governor’s School program, and achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; OR
        • Take two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) exams and make a score of at least three (3); OR
        • Take one (1) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test and make a score of at least 55
      • Be a TN resident one year prior to application deadline (see above)
      • Enroll in an eligible postsecondary institution within 16 months following graduation from a TN high school or completion of a TN homeschool or GED program.
    • Exclusions:
      • Students who qualify for ASPIRE and GAMS will receive ASPIRE only.
    • How to Apply:
      • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov by the deadlines stated above.
    • Award Distribution:

      Scholarships are available as long as you remain academically eligible, until the first of the following things occurs:

      • Deadline:
        • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov no later than September 1 (for fall) or February 1 (for spring). Use ETSU’s school code 003487 as your first choice in the school code section.
      • Requirements:
        • Minimum 21 ACT (Composite) or 1060 SAT score on a national test date or state test date.
        • Meet TN HOPE scholarship requirements AND
        • Parents’ or independent student’s (and spouse’s) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on tax form
        • Be a TN resident one year prior to application deadline (see above)
        • Enroll in an eligible postsecondary institution within 16 months following graduation from a TN high school or completion of a TN homeschool or GED program.
      • Exclusions:
        • Students who qualify for ASPIRE and GAMS will receive ASPIRE only.
      • How to Apply:
        • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov by the deadlines stated above.
      • Award Distribution:

        Scholarships are available as long as you remain academically eligible, until the first of the following things occurs:

        Hope Scholarships

        HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship

        The HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship is only available to Tennessee residents.

        Award Amounts

        Entering Freshmen Fall 2015 and After

        Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior

        • Award amounts are available for summer enrollment, beginning the summer after your freshman year.
        • Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution.

        If You First Received HOPE in Fall 2009–Summer 2015

        Up to $2,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

        Please note: Eligible part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, and their HOPE award amount is prorated.

        General Assembly Merit Scholarship

        Up to $1,500 annual supplement ($500 per full-time semester) to the HOPE Scholarship

        Aspire Award

        Up to $2,250 annual supplement ($750 per full-time semester) to the HOPE Scholarship

        Using the HOPE

        Summer School

        The HOPE Scholarship may be used to help pay for summer school, provided that eligible students register for a minimum of 6 hours. Find out more by visiting our Summer Aid page.

        Transfers to UT

        Transfer students must have an official academic transcript sent to UT admissions from all prior institutions, including the most recent semester you attended. Generally this delays payment of Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) awards during the first semester at UT, especially for mid-year transfer students.

        High School Students

        The Dual Enrollment Grant is awarded to students attending an eligible high school and enrolled in college courses for credit at eligible institutions.

        Applying for the HOPE

        To be eligible, you must first complete the FAFSA.

        You must also list UT as your first choice for the HOPE Scholarship on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. (TSAC) Portal to receive payment.

        Finally, you must meet these requirements:

        • Entering freshmen must have a minimum of a 21 ACT (980 old SAT or 1060 new SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests OR
        • Overall weighted minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)—This means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors, or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.
        • Home School graduates—Minimum 21 ACT (980 old SAT or 1060 new SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
        • GED Applicants—Minimum 525 and 21 ACT (980 old SAT or 1060 new SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
        • If a student ceases to be eligible for HOPE, except for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS) and the Tennessee HOPE Access Grant, the student may regain HOPE one time only.
        • ACT/SAT exams must be taken prior to the first day of college enrollment.

        The HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship is only available to Tennessee residents.

        Retaining the HOPE

        You must maintain satisfactory academic progress and achieve a cumulative HOPE GPA of 2.75 after attempting 24 and 48 HOPE attempt hour benchmarks. After reaching the 72-hour benchmark and beyond, you may retain the award in one of two ways:

        • Achieve a cumulative HOPE GPA of at least 3.0 OR
        • If your cumulative HOPE GPA is between 2.75–2.99 and your semester GPA is 3.0 or above in the prior semester, then you may retain the award on a semester-to-semester provisional basis. Under these guidelines, you must maintain full-time enrollment. Your eligibility is checked after each semester except for the summer. However, if you meet these guidelines and enroll full time for the summer, your eligibility will be checked at the end of summer term.

        What Terminates the HOPE Scholarship?

        Your HOPE Scholarship is only available until the first of the following events:

        Regaining the HOPE Scholarship

        If you fail to meet the academic renewal requirements and lose the HOPE Scholarship, you can regain the award one time only by meeting the renewal criteria listed below. You cannot appeal to regain your HOPE Scholarship if your GPA falls below the renewal requirements. You must complete a HOPE and Institutional Scholarship Appeal form.

        To regain the HOPE Scholarship, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress and achieve a cumulative HOPE GPA of 2.75 after attempting 48 semester hours. After reaching the 72-hour benchmark and beyond, you may regain the award in one of two ways:

        • Achieve a cumulative HOPE GPA of at least 3.0 OR
        • If your cumulative HOPE GPA is between 2.75-2.99 and your semester GPA is 3.0 or above in the prior semester then you may regain the award on a semester-to-semester provisional basis. Under these guidelines, you must maintain full-time enrollment. Your eligibility is checked after each semester except for the summer. However, if you meet these guidelines and enroll full time for the summer, your eligibility will be checked at the end of summer term.

        If you lose the award due to a nonacademic reason—such as not maintaining continuous enrollment or changing your enrollment status from full time to part time, or part time to less than part time—you are not eligible to regain the award unless an appeal is approved by the post-secondary institution or TSAC. To appeal for continued eligibility you must complete the HOPE and Institutional Scholarship Appeal form.

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