Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Appeal Process at MTSU
The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) is awarded based on policies set forth by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). TSAC's TELS policy allows an appeal process for students who fail to meet enrollment requirements due to extenuating medical or personal circumstances.
Lottery scholarship recipients who fail to meet continuing eligibility requirements will have their scholarships rescinded beginning with the next semester. Students can view their eligibility status via RaiderNet:
Eligibility is determined and updated on RaiderNet approximately one week after the end of each semester. Students who did not meet enrollment requirements because of extenuating circumstances (such as severe illness or extreme financial hardship) may appeal to request reinstatement of the scholarship; students who did not meet GPA or other requirements will not have the opportunity to appeal regardless of extenuating circumstances, according to state regulations.
Need more information or instructions on how to check your status on RaiderNet? Visit our Checking Your Status on RaiderNet page.
Who Can Submit an Appeal
Who Cannot Submit an Appeal
What an Appeal Should Include
Your appeal must include the following paperwork:
How to Submit An Appeal
We strongly recommend that you submit your entire appeal at one time, including all supporting documentation. If you choose to submit documentation separately from the rest of your appeal, you must include your name and M#, along with a note that it is to be added to the appeal you already submitted. Please note: Documentation that is received after an appeal is reviewed will not be considered: for this reason, if you choose to submit documentation separately from your appeal, we cannot guarantee that the documentation will be reviewed.
MTSU's Institutional Review Panel (IRP) meets six times a year to review appeals; appeals can be submitted no more than 14 calendar days before each scheduled meeting. For upcoming IRP meeting dates and appeal submission deadlines, please check the chart below. You may submit your appeal to the Scholarship Office (mail to MTSU Box 31, hand-deliver to JUB 206, or fax to 615-494-7770). You will be able to view the decision , by logging into RaiderNet, clicking on the Financial Aid tab, and selecting "Student Requirements". Additionally, you will receive a response via your permanent mailing address, approximately two weeks after the meeting date.
*According to state regulations, we cannot accept appeals more than 14 business days before the appeal meeting. Please do not submit your appeal before the specified date. If you must submit your appeal early, please be sure to initial beside the 14 day statement at the bottom of the appeal form. If you fail to do so, your appeal will not be reviewed.
** Previously January 2; changed on 12/4/2013; date moved forward per TSAC approval to allow more time for MTSU students to submit their appeals
Military Service: Requesting Exceptions to Residency and Enrollment Requirements
A student may be eligible for a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship if the student does not meet residency requirements due to the military service of one or both parents but meets all other eligibility requirements. The student must submit documentation to establish that the parent's State of Record is Tennessee and that the parent has been stationed outside of Tennessee. Dependents of Department of Defense employees may qualify for a TELS award under this rule. If you believe you may qualify under this exception, please contact Melanie Collins for more information.
A student who does not meet enrollment requirements due to active military service may request a Military Leave of Absence for the applicable semester(s). The student must submit documentation to establish the location of the active service, as well as the beginning and end dates.
A student meeting the above requirements is not required to appeal to the Institutional Review Panel. However, the student must submit a Military Service Appeal Form, along with documentation as indicated above. The appeal will be reviewed by institutional and/or state representatives to verify eligibility under the military exceptions.
Still Have Questions About the Appeal Process?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage!
After reading all of the information on the FAQs page, if you have additional questions about the appeal process or the documentation you need to provide (if applicable), you should speak with Bill McCord.
Updated December 2013