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

You can apply for the HOPE Scholarship by clicking the button below and completing your FAFSA. Once you have completed your FAFSA, you have applied for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship. Click here to learn more about How to Fill Out Your FAFSA.

Overview

The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net 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
Freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter:
Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing:

Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior

Two-Year Institutions:

Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore

  • Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
  • Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution
Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing:

Up to $2,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

Two-Year Institutions:

Up to $1,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

Eligibility
ENTERING FRESHMEN
TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM
OUTSIDE OF TENNESSEE
RENEWAL CRITERIA

• Be a Tennessee resident as classified by the Tennessee Board of Education; pursuant to TCA 49-8-104,

• Graduate from a TN eligible high school

• Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. Click Here for listing.

• Entering freshmen must achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR

• Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)

• Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests. Home school GPAs are not considered.

• GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. Minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.

• HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.

• ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test and the ACT Superscore are not accepted.

• Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution.

*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.

• Be a Tennessee resident as classified by the Tennessee Board of Education; 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:

    ° 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; or be classified as an in-state student under the Tennessee Board of Regents promulgated rules by the FAFSA application date.

    ° 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 achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR

• Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)

• Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests. Home school GPAs are not considered.

• GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. Minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.

• HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.

• ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test is not accepted.

• Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution.

*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.

• Be a Tennessee resident as classified by the Tennessee Board of Education; 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:

    ° 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; or be classified as an in-state student under the Tennessee Board of Regents promulgated rules by the FAFSA application date.

    ° 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 achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR

• Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)

• Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests. Home school GPAs are not considered.

• GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. Minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.

• HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.

• ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test is not accepted.

• Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution.

*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

Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.gov. Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.

Application Deadlines
Two-year and Four-year Eligible Postsecondary Institutions:
15
Fall Semester
09/01
1
Spring Semester
02/01
15
Summer Semester
02/01
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Institutions:
1
Fall Semester
09/01
1
Spring Semester
02/01
15
Summer Semester
02/01
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 Scholarship until the first of the following terminating events:

  • Student has earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Five (5) years have passed from the date of initial enrollment at any postsecondary institution; or
Medical Disability

A student with a documented medical disability and certified by a licensed physician and can only enroll part-time may appeal to TSAC for an extension to the five (5) year limit as long as the student continues to meet all applicable academic and nonacademic requirements for the HOPE Scholarship and ten (10) years have not passed since the student’s initial enrollment at a postsecondary institution.  For students who have first received the HOPE Scholarship in Fall 2009 and thereafter, a documented medical disability extension may be appealed once the sum of years have exceeded the five (5) year limit, a receipt of the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Scholarship for nontraditional students has exceeded eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters, or the total semester hours have been exceeded.

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