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Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: Comprehensive Details

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Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: Comprehensive Details

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) is pleased to offer the HOPE funding for college or grad school first-year students, funded by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS).

Right here, I will give you full details about Tennessee Hope Scholarship, its worth asa well as eligibility.

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

Just before I proceed, below is a rundown of what you’ll be reading in this article

The award is open to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible post secondary institution contained by sixteen months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.

The Tennessee Hope Scholarships have helped thousands of students afford a university education. These prizes are awarded by the state government and support students who live in TN. Different scholarship amounts may vary depending on whether the candidate wishes to apply for a two- or four-year program.

To qualify for this scholarship, students must meet various eligibility criteria.

  • Initially, only candidates who have completed a gym in TN can be considered.
  • Also, the applicant must attend a university or college in the state of TN.
  • Students may attend a public or private institution if it is a public school.
  • All applicants must complete the FAFSA by September 1st. Students must have at least 21 points on their ACT exams and an average of at least 3.0.
  • Also, students must have spent at least one year in TN before being able to claim the prize.

About Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is a state program, administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, established to provide merit-based aid to Tennessee residents who are enrolled in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. Home-schooled students, or those who have passed the GED examination, are eligible for consideration.

The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible post secondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.

Worth of Tennessee Hope Scholarships

The exact amount of the scholarship varies depending on the type of college that the student wishes to attend. For example, students enrolled in a two-year college for the first two years of their studies can earn up to $1,500 to cover tuition fees.

Students wishing to attend a four-year institution (or a two-year institution where they reside on campus) have a slightly different fee structure. For these students, a prize of up to $1,750 is available during the first two years of the program.

In the last two years of their program, the maximum price has been raised to $2,250. This amount only reflects the offer for students interested in full-time education.

The financing of the HOPE grant will be suspended under certain conditions. The first is when the applicant has reached the maximum five-year registration period.

Secondly, as soon as a student has a bachelor’s degree, he can no longer be supported by this procedure. Also, students who have reached 120 hours can not receive additional funding.

Eligibility of HOPE Scholarship

Entering freshmen must meet the following criteria:

  • I have been a Tennessee resident for one year by September 1 of the application date. For students beginning spring and summer terms, residency determined by February 1 as of application date,
  • Graduate from a TN eligible high school
    • Exceptions may be granted to TN residents who graduate from high schools located in states other than Tennessee. They include:
      • High schools located in bordering out-of-state counties
      • High schools in which dependents of active duty military members or civilian workers of the US Department of Defense, Tennessee National Guard on active duty may attend
        • Members of the Armed Forces or TN National Guard must have Tennessee as the Home of Record at the time of entry into military service, or be classified as an in-state student under the Tennessee Board of Regents promulgated rules by the FAFSA application date.
      • High schools in which dependents of full-time religious workers in foreign nations may attend
      • Out-of-state boarding schools that are regionally accredited or accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
  • Entering freshmen must achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR
  • Overall minimum 3.0-grade point average (GPA*)
  • Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
  • GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. The minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.
  • HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. The minimum average HiSet score is 15.
  • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and before the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test is not accepted.
  • Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any post-secondary institution. However, enrollment at an ineligible post secondary institution during the 16 months will make the student permanently ineligible.

*Grade point average 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.

Eligibility of Transfer Students from Colleges and Universities outside of Tennessee:

A student who is otherwise eligible for the HOPE Scholarship but instead enrolls in an out-of-state regionally accredited post secondary institution either immediately following high school graduation or up to 16 months immediately following high school graduation may transfer to an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution as a degree-seeking student and receive the HOPE Scholarship as described in TCA 49-4-929.

At the point of enrollment at the out-of-state institution, the student must maintain continuous enrollment and meet renewal requirements as described above without the HOPE Scholarship. All requisite eligibility requirements must be met while attaining the appropriate cumulative GPA at the corresponding benchmark.

If at any time the student drops from full-time enrollment to part-time enrollment or withdraws from the out-of-state regionally accredited post secondary institution, the student will no longer meet the minimum requirements as described in TCA 49-4-929.

However, upon transferring to an eligible TN post secondary institution, the student may appeal the ineligible status to restore HOPE Scholarship eligibility if the change in enrollment status was due to a documented medical or personal reason.

Renewal Criteria:

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 post secondary institution without the HOPE Scholarship.
  • The student must re-apply each year by completing the FAFSA and be continuously enrolled at an eligible post secondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress

Termination Criteria:

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 initial enrollment at any post  secondary institution; or
  • The student has attempted 120 semester hours or has received the HOPE Scholarship for eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters at any post secondary institution; whichever occurs later.

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:

  • The student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Five (5) years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any post secondary institution; or
  • The student has attempted at any post secondary institution the lesser of the number of semester hours required to earn the baccalaureate degree or a total of 136 semester hours or the student has completed eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters.
  • Note:  The scholarship will be prorated in the eighth (8th) semester for students who have received the award for 7.25 semesters, 7.50 semesters or 7.75 semesters.

Medical Disability – A student with a documented medical disability and certified by a licensed physician and can only enroll part-time may appeal to TSAC for an extension to the five (5) year limit as long as the student continues to meet all applicable academic and nonacademic requirements for the HOPE Scholarship and ten (10) years have not passed since the student’s initial enrollment at a postsecondary institution.

For students who have first received the HOPE Scholarship in Fall 2009 and thereafter, a documented medical disability extension may be appealed once the sum of years have exceeded the five (5) year limit, a receipt of the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Scholarship for nontraditional students has exceeded eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters, or the total semester hours have been exceeded.

How to Apply

Early submission is recommended. To participate, applicants can apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.gov.

  • Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA or 21 or above GPA
  • Students must receive at least a 21 on their ACT or 1060 on the SAT
  • Other requirements check here.

Benefits of Tennessee HOPE Scholarship: 

For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2020 and thereafter

  • First-year student (freshmen) and sophomore will get up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester at four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing
  • Junior and senior will receive up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester
  • A freshman and sophomore will receive up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester at Two-Year Institutions
  • Award amounts are available for summer enrollment and the post-secondary institution determines the class status

For students who first received HOPE in fall 2018 through summer 2019

  • Up to $2,000 per full-time enrollment semester at four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing including summer
  • Up to $1,000 per full-time enrollment semester at two-Year Institutions including summer

Apply Now

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.

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