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A guide to keeping your HOPE Lottery Scholarship

What do I have to do to keep my lottery scholarship?

1. Submit a FAFSA every year, as soon after Jan. 1 as possible.

2. Stay continuously enrolled. Full-time students must pass at least 12 credit hours / semester. Part-time students must pass at least 6 credit hours / semester.

  • Taking a break or changing enrollment status from full-time to part-time (withdrawing from courses) will result in loss of your scholarship, unless you provide proof of extenuating circumstances through the Lottery Scholarship Appeal Form.*
  • You may be able to maintain the necessary number of credit-hours by enrolling in a class at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell.
  • If you have to withdraw, call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907.

3. Keep up your grades!!! 

  • Every time you register for a class, you add to your total number of “attempted credit-hours.”
  • Your GPA must satisfy these minimum guidelines at every 24 credit-hour mark:
24 or 482.75 cumulative GPA

72, 96 semester hours

And any subsequent multiple of 24 attempted hours thereafter 

3.0 cumulative GPA

OR

a 3.0 semester GPA and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and 2.99

  • You will lose your scholarship if you receive grades of FA or FN in a semester.

If my GPA is too low, how can I earn my scholarship back?

1. Reach the minimum GPA in time for your next review.

  • You can do this only one time. For example, if you have a 2.0 GPA at 24 attempted credit-hours, you will need at least a 2.75 GPA at 48 attempted credit-hours to regain your scholarship.
  • Submit a Lottery Scholarship Regain Option Request Form. *

2. Repeat a course in which you performed poorly.

  • The new grade will replace the poor grade. If you meet the minimum GPA the next time you’re due for a GPA review, you’ll regain your scholarship. You can do this one time, for one class.
  • Submit a FAFSA for the year AND provide the Lottery Scholarship Course Repeat/Exclusion Consent Form* to the Office of Student Financial Aid once you’ve retaken the class.

Why is my lottery GPA different from my university GPA?

  • The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) GPA includes developmental and repeated courses, even though they are not counted in APSU GPA. If you took college courses in high school, these grades are counted in your APSU GPA, but not in your TELS GPA or TELS attempted hours.
  • You may review your TELS GPA through OneStop under student records.

How long will I be eligible for Lottery scholarships?

  • The Hope Scholarship will be available until the student has either earned a baccalaureate degree, or until one of the following terminating events occurs:

1. Traditional Students who first received the HOPE Scholarship prior to Fall 2009

  • Five years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution

2. Traditional Students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in Fall 2009 and thereafter

Students enrolled in a program of study under 120 semester hours:

  • Five years have passed from he date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution
  • Student has attempted 120 semester hours

Students enrolled in a program of study that exceeds 120 semester hours:

  • Five years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution
  • Student has attempted at any postsecondary institution the lesser of the number of semester hours required to earn the baccalaureate degree or a total of 136 semester hours

3. Non-traditional students who first received the HOPE Scholarship prior to Fall 2009

  • Five years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution OR the sum of five years while receiving the HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Scholarship for non-traditional students

4. Non-traditional students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in Fall 2009 and after

Students enrolled in a program of study under 120 semester hours:

  • Five years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution as a non-traditional student OR the sum of five years while receiving the HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Scholarship for non-traditional students
  • Student has attempted 120 semester hours while receiving the HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE      Scholarship for non-traditional students

Students enrolled in a program of study that exceeds 120 semester hours:

  • Five years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution OR the sum of five years while receiving the HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Scholarship for non-traditional students
  • Student has attempted at any postsecondary institution the lesser of the number of semester hours required to earn the baccalaureate degree or a total of 136 semester hours

How can I appeal the loss of my scholarship?

1. Submit the Lottery Scholarship Appeal form to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

2. Submit requests to appeal APSU decisions to TSAC.

  • You can appeal an APSU decision concerning your Lottery scholarship to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. (TSAC) (http://tn.gov/CollegePays/)

Lottery Terms and Conditions

1. Be sure to review the Terms and Conditions, which provide information on both the Lottery and other forms of Financial Aid. To locate the Terms and Conditions:

  • Log in to your AP OneStop.
  • Select “Web Self Service”
  • Select “Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs”
  • Select “Award”
  • Select “Award for Aid Year”
  • From the dropdown menu, select the correct Aid Year. (Fall 2012 is the 2012-2013 Year)
  • Select “Terms and Conditions”

2. Review the Terms and Conditions and select “Accept” or “Do Not Accept”

*All online forms can be found at (http://www.apsu.edu/financialaid/online-forms)

Questions?  Contact us!

Office of Student Financial Aid

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp.