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TN Hope Scholarship



Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program Recipients Must:

  • Have been a Tennessee resident for one year by September 1 of the year of application date. For students beginning spring and summer terms, residency determined by February 1 as of application date, or
  • Be dependent child of U.S. military, Tennessee National Guard on active duty, Department of Defense employees, or full-time religious workers who maintain Tennessee residency while stationed out-of-state are eligible, and
  • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.
  • Be dependent children of members of the Armed Forces or TN National Guard and must have Tennessee as the Home of Record at the time of entry into military service.


HOPE and HOPE Access Recipients Must:

  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
  • Enroll within 16 months following high school graduation or completion of a homeschool or GED program. Enrollment at an ineligible postsecondary institution during this time will make the student permanently ineligible.


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:
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • 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


Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Termination Criteria:

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship prior to fall 2009

All attempted hours after high school graduation, including remedial and developmental studies courses, are included in the total attempted semester hours.

A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship until the first of the following terminating events:

  • The student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Five (5) years have passed from the date of the student’s initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution 


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

All attempted hours after high school graduation, including remedial and developmental studies courses are included in the total attempted semester hours.

A student who is enrolled in a program of study that exceeds 120 semester hours in length may receive the HOPE Scholarship until the first of the following terminating events:

  • Student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Five (5) years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution; or
  • Student has attempted at any postsecondary institution the lesser of the number of semester hours required to earn the baccalaureate degree.


Transfer Students

TELS recipients may transfer without a break in enrollment from one eligible postsecondary institution to another eligible postsecondary institution and remain eligible.  Students must transfer the TELS award through the Student Financial Aid Portal prior to the transfer dates indicated below by institution type.  A transfer request will not be accepted by a phone call from the student.

A student who is otherwise eligible for TELS but instead enrolls in an out-of-state regionally accredited postsecondary institution without the award either immediately following high school graduation or up to 16 months immediately following high school graduation may, without a break in enrollment, later transfer to an eligible Tennessee postsecondary institution and receive the TELS.

At the point of enrollment at the out-of-state institution, the student must maintain continuous enrollment and meet retention requirements that all other HOPE Scholarship recipients must meet in order to remain eligible.  At the out-of-state institution, all requisite eligibility requirements must be met while attaining the appropriate cumulative GPA at the appropriate benchmark.

Transfer dates for two-year and four-year institutions are as follows:

  • Fall Semester   September 1
  • Spring/Summer Semester  February 1


Appeals

Students may appeal denied eligibility of their HOPE scholarship for the following reasons:  
-Withdrawal from the university.
-Failure to enroll within 16 months of high school graduation, home school completion, or GED test date.
-Failure to enroll for one or more required semesters.
-Other extenuating circumstances beyond your control (must be verifiable and thoroughly documented by authoritative sources).
*Click here to access the Appeal Guidelines
*Click here to access the Appeals Form

Reinstatements (Regain)

Your HOPE Scholarship may be regained under the one-time only Reinstatement Option.  These requests can be submitted at the end of the semester the HOPE attempted hour checkpoint (24, 48, 72, and 96) has been reached.

In order to regain the HOPE Scholarship by choosing the one-time-only Reinstatement Option, you must be at the next HOPE attempted hour checkpoint (24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 attempted hours) before receiving the award.  For example, if you lost your scholarship at the 24 attempted hour checkpoint due to HOPE GPA, you can regain the scholarship the semester after you have reached the 48 attempted hour checkpoint. However, you must have the required TELS GPA. Click here to access the TELS Reinstatement Request Form.

Students also have the one-time only Class Repeat Option to help in retaining or regaining HOPE.  

If you repeat a course due to poor performance, by choosing the one-time only Class Repeat Option, the bad grade will be removed from the HOPE GPA and replaced with the repeat grade.  To retain or regain HOPE, the repeat course must be taken before the attempted hour checkpoint has been reached. After the repeat has been applied and you have the required cumulative HOPE GPA, your scholarship will be awarded the following semester. Click here to access the Class Repeat Option Request Form.

Questions about your Tennessee HOPE Scholarship?

Leave of Absence

Students wishing to pursue a leave of absence must adhere to Belmont University’s Leave of Absence policy. 

*Click here to access the Application Deadlines for Leave of Absences

*Click here to access the Leave of Absence form



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