Tennessee Hope Scholarship FAQ

There are many eligibility requirements, rules, and regulations concerning the Tennessee Hope Scholarship.  These frequently asked questions and answers may help you with your award questions concerning GPA calculation, eligible institutions, dropping a class, and others…

Tennessee Hope Scholarship FAQ (frequently asked questions):

Do I have to reapply every year to continue to receive my award?

Yes.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each  year.  The application can be found at www.fafsa.gov.

Do I need to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) to retain my award?

Yes.  To continuing receiving the HOPE Scholarship, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 after attempting 24 and 48 semester hours.  After attempting 72 semester hours or any multiple of twenty-four (24) semester hours, a student can maintain the award in two ways:

• score an overall GPA of at least 3.0 or

• if your total GPA is between 2.75-2.99 and your semester GPA is 3.0 or higher in the previous semester then you can keep the award on a semester-to-semester basis.  Under these conditions, students must keep full time enrollment and  eligibility is monitored after each semester (but not for the summer semester).  However, students that match these guidelines and enroll full time for the summer will have eligibility checked upon the close of the summer semester. Students that win the HOPE Access Grant ca  keep the award for each semester until they have attempted 24 semester hours.  If students complete the HOPE Scholarship renewal criteria discussed earlier then their award will convert to the HOPE Scholarship.  Students that win the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant and are attempting a certificate or diploma must achieve satisfactory academic progress and have to be continuously enrolled every semester until granted a certificate or diploma from the Tennessee Technology Center.

How will my eligibility be affected if I drop a course(s)?

First, do not drop a course without discussing your situation wth the financial aid office at your school.  Your full-time (12+ hours) or part-time (6-11 hours) enrollment notice,  as of the institution’s census (or status counting) date, is  the enrollment status you must maintain during the semester.  If you drop a course(s) and do not have a documented, approved medical or personal reason, you might permanently lose your HOPE Scholarship eligibility.

If I  take a semester off, how will my award be affected?

Every award winner must complete continuous enrollment at an eligible postsecondary school.  This requires that students be enrolled at a minimum part time for the fall and spring semesters to receive the award.  Enrollment in the summer semester is not a requirement condition.   Although students enrolled in less than six (6) credit hours will maintain continuous enrollment, they are not qualified for an award.   It is recommended that students receiving the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant should check with their institution with respect to continuous enrollment conditions as enrollment in the summer term might be required for their program of study.

If I lose my award, can I regain it?

Yes, you can.  Students who fail to match the renewal conditions and drop the HOPE Scholarship can again win the award one time by completing the renewal requirements listed above at a benchmark.  Students cannot appeal to rewin the HOPE Scholarship if their GPA drops under the renewal conditions.  Students who no longer win the award because of a nonacademic reason such as not maintaining continuing enrollment or modifying their enrollment from full time to part time, or part time to less than part time, are not able to regain the award except an appeal is approved by the post-secondary institution or TSAC.  For further information concerning the appeal process, contact your school.  Students who drop the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant cannot receive future awards.

How long can I receive the HOPE Scholarship?

Students who achieve all conditions to maintain the HOPE Scholarship may win the award until the student has earned a baccalaureate degree  or five (5) years have passed from student’s initial enrollment at any post-secondary institution.

How will my grade point average be calculated for eligibility of the HOPE Scholarship?

All courses attempted post high school graduation shall be used in the grade point average calculation.  Students may retake one (1) course one (1) time and use the higher grade achieved; however, both courses attempted are used in the attempted hours total for eligibility requirements.

How can I qualify for the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant each year?

Students must make application each year by completing the FAFSA, maintain unbroken enrollment in a certificate or diploma program at an eligible Tennessee Technology Center, and complete satisfactory progress.  No minimum number of enrollment hours is required to hold the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant.  Prior HOPE Scholarship recipients cannot be awarded this grant.  Wilder-Naifeh recipients who finish their diploma may be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship if initial eligibility requirements were achieved at high school graduation.   For a complete list of eligible institutions, please visit http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/mon_college/eligible_instut.htm.

If I enroll less than full time, will my award be less?

Yes.  HOPE Scholarship winners who are enrolled less than full time will receive a smaller amount.  Students enrolled in 9-11 hours will receive ¾ of the award and students enrolled in 6-8 hours will receive ½ of the award.  Students enrolled less than 6 hours are not eligible for an award.  Your enrollment status is based on the institution’s census date.  Students receiving the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant will receive a reduced award if they are enrolled less than full time or are not enrolled for a full academic term.

Where can I use the HOPE Scholarship?  

The HOPE Scholarship can only be used at an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Tennessee.  Here is a complete list of eligible institutions. Students who decide to attend an out-of-state institution cannot receive the award.

If I change schools, how do I transfer my award?

If you move to another eligible postsecondary institution, you can take your award in one of two ways.  You may complete a Change of Institution Request Form which can be found here. You may also list your new institution as the first choice on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  NOTE:  Any changes made to your FAFSA will overlay any changes provided to TSAC via the Change of Institution Request Form.  If you transfer your award via the FAFSA, you may be selected for verification.

If there are more Tennessee Hope Scholarship FAQ items that you think should be added to this list, please comment on the article and we will add them, and thanks for doing others a good service.

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28 Responses to Tennessee Hope Scholarship FAQ

  1. Joe says:

    Do you have a Tennessee-centric feed vs Georgia centric

    Your info is very valuable, do you have a tip or donation element set up somewhere so you can receive some monetary award for your efforts?

    If not, deepest gratitude


    • moderator says:

      No, just the one feed which covers all posts on the site. Don’t have a donation element set up. I can send you a paypal address if you’d like, just send a note through the contact form. Thanks for the nice thoughts.

  2. silver price says:

    The Tennessee Hope Access Grant is available to students entering freshmen who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. The student must have a 2.75 unweighted overall and college core GPA with all required college core courses and 18 ACT (860 SAT) and have a parent(s) AGI of $36,000 or less. This award is valued at $2,000 at a four year institution or $1,250 at a two year institution. The Tennessee HOPE Access Grant is non-renewable. Students receiving this grant may qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship in their second year.

  3. Sue says:

    My son starts at a comm. college this week. He earned the HOPE but it hasn’t shown up at the community college yet. Does it matter that he is starting in the Spring? When should it show up at the institution?

    • moderator says:

      In my experience, the HOPE awards show up at or near the payment due deadline for the beginning of the semester. If this date has already passed, you should contact the Bursur’s (payment) office for the school.

  4. Miranda says:

    How do you know you have received any money from the Hope scholarship???

  5. Ahtasham says:

    I also want to get this scholarship in my area. So can anyone tell me what kind of documents they need to grant scholarships ?

  6. hunter says:

    If I know my GPA doesn’t meet the requirements to maintain the Hope, do I need to apply anyway using the FAFSA?

  7. Jack says:

    My daughter duel enrolled her senior year into four community college courses.She earned an A in each of these classes. Why is that she is not given credit towards her hope GPA . Frankly, this is not fair to the student. They have done the course work and earned their grades in a college level class.Students that are on the borderline would benefit if this was changed. Please explain the rationale in not calculating all college work, not just post high school course work.

  8. Regshanell King says:

    If someone moves somewhere else who has the Hope Scholarship perhaps we say TN to FL ,do they still have the scholarship?

  9. barb says:

    My son earned the TN Hope scholarship when he graduated in May of 2014. He attended an out of state school his freshman year and has transferred as a full time sophomore at TN state university. Does his attemped credits at the out of state school get factored into whether or not he is eligible for the TN scholarship?

  10. lloyd says:

    If i re-take the act, and receieve a 21, can i still get the hope if if have 78 credits in college and my high gpa was rounded to 2.7?

  11. Hashim Omer says:

    My question is can I continue my studies to Masters if I have cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 and if I scored satisfactory marks in TOEFL and GRA ….

  12. Morgan says:

    I am moving from FL to TN so I am transferring schools. Since I will be a sophmore will I be eligible for it? If so, how long do I have to live in TN before I can recieve this?

  13. Rachel says:

    I didn’t make a 21, but I have a 3.8 GPA in high school, will I still get the HOPE scholarship?

    • moderator says:

      Not sure what you mean by a “21”. If your GPA is 3.8, you qualify for the Hope Scholarship. If you also have an SAT of 1200 or higher, you should qualify for Zell Miller.

  14. Miranda says:

    I went to a community college in Tenn and then moved to a college out of state for one year. I have been enrolled in school fulltime. I have approximately 50 credit hours left on my degree. Can I regain my hope scholarship if I transfer back to a Tennessee school?

  15. Jordan says:

    Does the HOPE cover online classes?

    • moderator says:

      It depends on if the classes are offered by a Hope Qualified College/University. For example, if you are taking an online class from UGA and it is a class part of your curriculum, it should be covered. However, as always, you can check with the registrar.

  16. Dana says:

    The hope scholarship info I’ve read is that the student should have a 21 on the act OR a 3.0 gpa. However, two families with students currently in college have told me that they found this to truly be AND. They said their kids had to meet both qualifications. Can you verify that the requirement is “OR”?

  17. Destiny says:

    I filled out a change of institution form but my scholarship didn’t transfer. Why?

  18. Katherine says:

    As an entering college sophomore, can I receive the Hope Scholarship? I meet all of the criteria now, so is there a way of applying for it as a current college student?

  19. Madison says:

    This is my first year using the Hope scholarship. I went to orientation at my college, and they said that I would receive an email in which I will need to confirm the college that I will be attending. Will this email be sent to the email I have with the college or the email I used to apply to the FAFSA?

  20. Victoria says:

    I went to a Tennessee high school for most of my schooling but graduated from an online school, am I still eligible for the Hope?

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  22. Nick Retterer says:

    what if im 18 live on my own my parents live in another state and the school has now denied me 4/000$ what should I do

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