FAFSA Deadline Update: The FAFSA deadline for TN Promise and the TN Student Assistance Award has been extended to March 1, 2022.

Overview

The Tennessee HOPE Access Grant is established and funded from proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.

Award Information

Four-Year Institutions: Up to $1,250 per full-time enrollment semester, including summer

Two-Year Institutions: Up to $875 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

Please Note:

A student’s program of study, leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree program, can be awarded under the HOPE Access Grant program

Eligibility
ENTERING FRESHMEN

Be classified as a Tennessee resident pursuant to TCA 49-8-104

  • Graduate from a TN eligible high school
    • Exceptions may be granted to TN residents who graduate from high schools located in states other than Tennessee. They include:
      • High schools located in bordering out-of-state counties
      • High schools in which dependents of active duty military members or civilian workers of the US Department of Defense, Tennessee National Guard on active duty may attend
        • Members of the Armed Forces or TN National Guard must have Tennessee as the Home of Record at the time of entry into military service.
      • High schools in which dependents of full-time religious workers in foreign nations may attend
      • Out-of-state boarding schools that are regionally accredited or accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. Click Here for listing.
  • Entering freshmen must have a final high school GPA* between 2.75 – 2.99 AND between an 18 – 20 ACT or between 960 – 1050 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests  (concordant equivalent score)
    •  Because the final high school GPA and the composite test score on the ACT/SAT must fall between a specific range in order to qualify for this grant, entering freshmen cannot also academically qualify for the HOPE Scholarship at the same time
    • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT Residual test is not accepted
  • Parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

*Grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.

Application

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) will no longer accept new applications for the HOPE Access Grant after September 1, 2021.

Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.gov. Applications must be received by September 1, 2021.

Termination Criteria

All attempted hours after high school graduation, including remedial and developmental studies courses are included in the total attempted semester hours.

A student may receive the HOPE Access Grant until the first of the following terminating events:

  • The student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or

Five (5) years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution

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