Tennessee students or students desiring to school in Tennessee a landlocked state in the U.S south now have the opportunity to study at their dream universities and colleges without financial constraints with the Tennessee HOPE scholarship.
ABOUT TENESSEE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP
The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is a state program that is administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. It was established to provide merit-based aid to Tennessee residents who are enrolled in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
The Tennessee HOPE scholarship is funded by the proceeds of the state lottery and it is awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at eligible postsecondary institutions within sixteen months of graduating from the Tennessee eligible high school.
Home-schooled students, or those who have passed the GED examination, are eligible for consideration.
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.
TENNESSE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP FIELD OF STUDY
This scholarship is for undergraduate students in the United states and it takes care of two or four year institutions courses.
TENNESSEE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP WORTH
The exact worth of the scholarship depends on the type of college or university that students wish to attend.
- Students who are enrolled in a two-year college earn up to $1,500 to cover tuition fees for the first two years of their studies.
- Students who attend four year institution earn up to $1,750 for the first two years of the program.
- Students interested in fulltime education get the maximum prize of $2,250 in the last two years of their program.
Note: the financing of the HOPE fund will be suspended when:
- Applicant has reached the maximum five year registration period.
- Applicant has a bachelor’s degree.
The scholarship is awarded by the Tennessee Student Association Corporation (TSAC) and can only be taken in the United States.
This scholarship is specifically created for students in the United States.
To be eligible for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship, applicants must;
· Be a Tennessee resident.
· Attend an eligible postsecondary institution in Tennessee
· Be at least 25 years of age.
· Come from a home where income is less than $36,000 a year.
· Be an undergraduate student.
· Attend a university, two year college or four year college.
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for this scholarship.
Entering freshmen must meet the following criteria:
- Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. Click Here for listing.
- 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
- Achieve overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)
- Home School graduates – Click the link to learn more about the HOPE Scholarship for home school students.
- GED recipients must have a minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED score. Minimum average Revised GED score is 170.
- HiSet recipients must have minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.
- ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test and the ACT Superscore are not accepted.
- Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution.
Transfer Students from Colleges and Universities outside of Tennessee:
- 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 postsecondary institution, the student will no longer meet the minimum requirements as described in TCA 49-4-929. However, upon transferring to an eligible TN postsecondary institution, the student may appeal the ineligible status in order to restore HOPE Scholarship eligibility if the change in enrollment status was due to a documented medical or personal reason. Click here for more details. Please note: grades earned at the out-of-state postsecondary institution cannot be appealed.
To renew your Tennessee HOPE scholarship, students must:
- Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 24 and 48 semester hours.
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which the student attempted 72 semester hours and any multiple of 24 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 semester hours and any multiple of 24 semester hours thereafter, 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 semester hours and any multiple of 24 semester hours thereafter. 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 Tennessee 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.
- Re-apply each year by completing the FAFSA and be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress
Students award for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship may be terminated if:
- Student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or
- Five (5) years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution
- Have a medical disability.
Read more: Tennessee HOPE scholarship termination criteria.
Students should apply for the HOPE Tennessee scholarship by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
HOW TO APPLY
Complete your application processes by visiting Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The application deadline for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters.
Early application is recommended as all application process must have been concluded on or before the deadline.
Tennessee HOPE scholarship is open for undergraduate students in the United States South who are at least 25 years and attend eligible postsecondary school in Tennessee.
Applicants must meet some eligibility requirements to be considered, for the scholarship and alos give room for the renewal of the scholarship.
There is room for scholarship termination if applicants meet any of the termination criteria listed above.
All application processes must have been conclude on before September 1st for first semester and February 1st for the spring and summer semester. Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier.