Q and A: State Addresses Lottery
The state of Tennessee has issued a response to frequently answered questions
about the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program. To learn more
about lottery scholarships and other financial assistance at UTC, call
(423) 425-4677 or visit the Financial
#1: What are the different types of lottery scholarships in Tennessee?
There are five scholarships or awards within the Tennessee Education Lottery
Scholarship Program. They are:
- HOPE Scholarship
- General Assembly Merit Scholarship
- Supplemental Award
- Access Grant
- Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant
#2: How do I qualify for the HOPE Scholarship?
You must meet the following criteria:
- Graduate from high school in the Class of 2004 and
- Tennessee resident and
- Attend a SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredited
two-year or four-year Tennessee institution and
- Graduate from high school with a 3.0 unweighted overall and college
core grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0 or
- Score at least a 19 ACT (890 SAT).
Other categories or students may also qualify for the HOPE Scholarship.
- Have a GED with a 525 GED score and at least a 19 ACT (890 SAT).
- Home schooled students must score at least a 23 ACT (1060 SAT).
- Students eligible for a waiver of tuition because a parent in the
U.S. armed forces was either killed in a hostile action, prisoner of
war, or totally disabled.
#3: How do I qualify for the other scholarships?
- Qualify for the HOPE Scholarship
- The General Assembly Merit Scholarship requires a 3.75 unweighted
and college core GPA and an ACT of 29 (SAT of 1280).
- The supplemental award requires a family adjusted gross income of
$36,000 or below.
- A student may receive either the General Assembly Merit Scholarship
or the supplemental award along with the HOPE Scholarship.
- The Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills award is granted to students in
a Tennessee Technical Center. There is no GPA or ACT requirement. These
students are not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.
#4: How much are these Scholarships?
The amount of the scholarship depends upon the type of school you attend.
- If you attend a four-year private or public school, the HOPE scholarship
is $3,000 per year.
- If you attend a two-year private or public school, the HOPE scholarship
is $1,500 per year.
There are some supplemental awards for HOPE scholars that are also available.
- If the students family (student and parent) has an Adjusted
Gross Income (AGI) on their federal income tax return that is $36,000
or less and the student has an unweighted overall and college core GPA
of 3.00 or an ACT score of 19 or above, the student will receive a supplemental
award of $1,000.
- If the high school student has an unweighted overall and college
core GPA of 3.75 and a 29 ACT (1280 SAT) or higher, the student will
receive a supplemental award of $1,000.
- Students may only receive one supplemental award of $1,000.
#5 What about the Access Grant?
The Access Grant is available to students with a 2.75 unweighted overall
and college core GPA and 18 ACT (860 SAT) and have a family AGI of $36,000
or below. This award is valued at one-half of the HOPE scholarship. It
is non-renewable. Students receiving this may qualify for the HOPE in
their second year.
#6: I graduated from high school in June 2003. Will I be eligible to receive
a HOPE Scholarship?
Yes. You will be eligible in your second year of college in the 2004-05
academic year if you maintain at least a 2.75 GPA and complete at least
24 credit hours during your first college year.
#7: When will the first HOPE Scholarship be awarded?
The first awards will be available in 2004 for the fall 2004 term that
begins in August at most schools.
#8: Will I receive the HOPE Scholarship every year?
To retain the HOPE Scholarship, you must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA
for your first year and a 3.00 GPA after your second, third, and fourth
years. You must also complete 24 credit hours each year.
#9: If I do not meet the criteria for renewal, can I regain the scholarship
in later years?
No. You cannot regain the scholarship once it is lost due to a low GPA
or completed hours.
#10: If I will be a college junior for the year 2004-05 award year,
will I receive a HOPE Scholarship for that year?
No. There is no provision for juniors or higher for the 2004-05 academic
#11: How do I apply for the HOPE Scholarship?
By completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will be available from high school guidance counselors
or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov in January 2004 for high school seniors.
The priority date for FAFSA completion will be May 1.
#12: How many years will I be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship?
Normally, you may receive the scholarship for four years at a four-year
SACS approved Tennessee institution. If you attend a two-year SACS approved
Tennessee institution, you may transfer to a four-year SACS approved Tennessee
institution. If you are in a five-year program, you may receive the award
for a fifth year or up to 136 credit hours.
#13: Do I have to go to college directly from high school to receive
the HOPE Scholarship?
I would like to work for a couple of years before going on to college.
Yes, you must go directly to college from high school to qualify. There
are two exceptions:
- If you enter the active duty military, you can remain in the military
for up to seven years, but you must receive an honorable discharge and
apply for the scholarship within one year after leaving the service.
- If you attend one of the Tennessee Technology Centers, you can receive
the Lottery Scholarship ($1,250 per year) at any age. There is no GPA
or ACT score requirement and the student could have graduated from high
school at any time in the past.
#14: If I receive other scholarships, can I also receive the HOPE
Yes. The Financial Aid Office may award the HOPE scholarship and other
scholarships up to the cost of education at your institution.
#15: If I receive other financial aid, can I also receive the HOPE
Yes. The Financial Aid Office may award the HOPE Scholarship and other
need-based awards up to the students need.
#16: I have always wanted to attend a certain college, but it is located
in another state. If I qualify, can I use the HOPE Scholarship at that
No. The HOPE Scholarship is available only if you attend a Tennessee school
that is accredited by SACS. However, transfer from an out-of-state school
to an eligible Tennessee institution is allowed. The GPA and completed
hours will determine eligibility.