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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 TELS credit hours” reach… You must have at least…
24 or 48 attempted hours 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA

72, 96 attempted hours

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

120 attempted hours and every multiple of 24 attempted hours thereafter

3.0 cumulative TELS GPA