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APSU officials to assist students as they apply for HOPE Lottery Scholarships

October 21, 2003


Though details are still to be finalized, Austin Peays admissions and financial aid staff is preparing to guide qualified high school seniors and current APSU freshmen through the application process for the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship.

APSU officials are advising high school seniors and their parents that first-time college freshmen who graduate from high school in 2004 will be eligible for a $3,000 Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship.
October 21, 2003


Though details are still to be finalized, Austin Peay's admissions and financial aid staff is preparing to guide qualified high school seniors and current APSU freshmen through the application process for the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship.

APSU officials are advising high school seniors and their parents that first-time college freshmen who graduate from high school in 2004 will be eligible for a $3,000 Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship.

“Over their four years in college, these students could receive $12,000,” says Director of Admissions Scott McDonald. To be eligible, a Fall 2004 freshman must:

•Be a legal resident of Tennessee;
•Graduate from a Tennessee high school with a minimum unweighted GPA overall and in the college core of 3.0 OR score at least a 19 on the ACT (890 SAT);
•Have completed the required 20 college-core courses;
•Have filed a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) officials stress that the first step for every high school senior-regardless of family income-is to complete and file the FAFSA as early as possible in spring 2004.

Lottery scholarships are guaranteed to all qualified students who file by the deadline. If proceeds from the lottery are inadequate to fund the scholarship program fully the first year, scholarships will be reduced on a pro rata basis.

For graduating high school seniors who do not meet the required unweighted 3.0 GPA or 19 ACT, there is provision for an “access grant.”

Donna Price, interim director of financial aid, noted that additional money generally is available for high school seniors with extremely high GPAs or ACT scores and for those who qualify for need-based aid.

Because the lottery scholarship application process may seem complicated, the University's admissions and financial aid offices are planning a series of workshops in early 2004 for prospective students, their parents and area high school guidance counselors.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe says, “The Hope Lottery Scholarship puts college within the grasp of every high school student in Tennessee. The resulting increased enrollment may strain universities' capacity statewide, and at Austin Peay we are preparing to accommodate the influx of some of the state's best and brightest students. With our new 225,000-square-foot science building, new residence halls and a new university center, we expect many of these students to choose APSU, and we are committed to serving them.”

For Fall 2004 and Spring 2005, current college freshmen who graduated from a Tennessee high school in 2003 also are eligible for lottery scholarships but have specific requirements to meet.

Current APSU freshmen must:

•Have earned an ACT of 19 (890 SAT) or a high school GPA overall and in the college core of 3.0;
•Earn an overall GPA of 2.75 during the freshmen year
•Complete a minimum of 24 hours of for-credit coursework;
•Complete and file the FAFSA;
•Be a Tennessee resident for one year.

Scholarship regulations say students who receive the scholarship must maintain eligibility each year. If they become ineligible any one semester, they cannot regain eligibility.

There are special eligibility stipulations for certain students, such as those who are home schooled or who have earned a GED.

For more information about the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship, visit the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Web site at www.state.tn.us/tsac/lotteryfaq.htm.
—Dennie Burke