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 - $2,000
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
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.
Award amount: 0 - $2,000 per year
The non-traditional student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be an entering freshman at the minimum age of 25 years as of the date of enrollment. An "entering freshmen" is defined as a student who is for the first time enrolling in a degree-seeking program of study at an eligible postsecondary institution. The adjusted gross income attributable to the student must be no more than $36,000 per year.
Additionally, these students must work their way into the HOPE Scholarship program by attempting the first 12 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Students are eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship in the semester following the one in which this academic requirement is met.
To continue eligibility, the adult learner must maintain satisfactory academic progress, maintain the adjusted gross income requirement, and be continuously enrolled (including the period of time during which the initial 12 credit hours are attempted) with a minimum of 6 semester hours each semester. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required at 24 and 48 attempted semester hours. At 72 attempted hours and thereafter, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. At 72 attempted hours and thereafter, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
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:
Students must maintain full-time status for each term in which the student was enrolled as full-time on the 14th day of the term. Note: In order to ensure as many students as possible retain the Lottery scholarship, WSCC has established the 14th day of each term as the census date for determining eligibility for full-time or part-time status. Thus, students may drop from full-time to part-time before the 14th day without losing their scholarship for future terms.
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 www.tn.gov/collegepays
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 StarNet 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 : 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.
Appeals to the TELS Award Appeals Panel:
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.