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Don't Lose HOPE

A guide to keeping your HOPE Lottery Scholarship

How can I keep my Lottery scholarship?

    1. Submit a FAFSA every year, as soon after October 1 as possible.
    2. Remain continuously enrolled. Full-time students must complete at least 12 credit hours per semester. Part-time students must complete at least 6 credit hours per semester.
      • Taking a break or changing enrollment status from full-time to part-time (withdrawing from courses) will result in the loss of your scholarship. You may appeal the loss by providing proof of extenuating circumstances and submitting a Lottery Scholarship Appeal Form. However, approval of your appeal cannot be guaranteed.
      • 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 must withdraw, call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907.


  1. Maintain required Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) GPA.
    • Your number of attempted credit hours increases each time you register for courses.
    • You may lose your scholarship if you receive grades of FA or FN in a semester.
    • Your GPA must meet the minimum guidelines, indicated below, at every 24 credit-hour mark.
When your “attempted credit hours” reach… You must have at least…
24 or 48 a 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA

72, 96 semester hours
And any subsequent multiple of 24 attempted semester hours thereafter 

a 3.0 cumulative TELS GPA
a 3.0 semester GPA and a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75-2.99 (ONLY if enrolled at least full-time)