Please note that the information on this page was last updated in October, 2011. The state legislature typically makes changes to the rules in late June, and this website is typically updated by the end of October once we receive official notification of the new rules and procedures. We recommend that you visit TSAC's website for the most up-to-date information.
A TELS recipient must have a 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA after the first 24 TELS attempted credit hours, and again after 48 attempted hours. A TELS recipient must have a 3.0 TELS GPA after attempting 72, 96, 120, 144 and 168 credit hours.
At the 72 bracket and subsequent checkpoints, a student may provisionally qualify with a 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA and a 3.0 semester GPA. Please see below for the full provisional rules.
The TELS GPA and the attempted hours calculations do not include grades for courses taken before high school graduation (such as dual-enrollment courses). If you believe such credits might be included in your TELS statistics, please notify the Financial Aid Office so that we can correct your record.
Grades for all courses taken after high school graduation, including repeated courses, are included in the TELS GPA. Please see the Repeat Option section below for additional information about repeated courses.
Please note that the MTSU GPA (as opposed to the TELS GPA) does include dual-enrollment courses and does not include courses which are later repeated. Therefore, the TELS GPA is frequently different than the MTSU GPA. Your TELS GPA will not appear on your transcript. However, you can view your TELS GPA in the Financial Aid section of RaiderNet.
A student is considered to have completed an Attempted Hours Bracket at the end of the semester in which the student attempts the given number of credit hours. For example, a May 2004 graduate takes 12 hours during Fall 2004 and 15 hours during Spring 2005. The student drops one class during the spring semester, finishing the semester with 12 earned hours. The student has attempted 27 hours (12+15) and has reached the 24 hour bracket at the end of the Spring 2005 semester; therefore, the student must have a TELS GPA of 2.75. In this example, all grades for Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 will be included in the TELS GPA. Grades for courses taken during the Summer 2005 term will not count in the 24 hour bracket, but will be included in the next bracket, after 48 attempted hours.
As indicated above, TSAC's TELS policy states that grades for all courses taken after high school graduation will be included in the TELS GPA, including courses later retaken for a higher grade. However, each student will be allowed to repeat a single class and request that the earlier grade be excluded from the TELS GPA. (Please Note: A student may repeat multiple classes according to institutional policy, but only one grade may be excluded for TELS purposes.) When the student reaches the next bracket (at 48, 72, 96, 120, 144, or 168 TELS attempted hours) after the course is repeated, the excluded grade will not be considered in determining whether the student meets the GPA requirement.
A student must submit a Repeat Option Request Form to request that a repeated grade be excluded. The student must additionally consult with an advisor in the University College Advising Center regarding the use of the Repeat Option.
A student who was initially eligible for a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship but who lost eligibility due to failure to meet GPA requirements may be able to regain TELS eligibility. The student must meet the following criteria:
A student may regain the TELS award beginning with the semester after attempting 48, 72, 96, 120, 144, or 168 hours as defined by TSAC's TELS policy. Awards cannot be applied retroactively to prior semesters. A student may submit a Regain Option Form to notify the Financial Aid Office of eligibility under the Regain Provision, or may contact us by email, phone, or in person to request a TELS status review.
A student who, at the end of a semster, reaches the 72 or 96 hour benchmark andhas a 2.75 - 2.99 TELS GPA and at least a 3.0 MTSU semester GPA for the current semester in which the benchmark is reached may be provisionally eligible for the TELS award. The student must earn a 3.0 MTSU semester GPA for each semester (including the benchmark semester) and must be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester to maintain TELS eligibility under the provisional rules. Students may use the Repeat and Regain Options to be eligible under provisional rules.
Students must enroll no later than 16 months after graduation from high school or home school. GED students must enroll within 16 months of the GED test date.
Students may enroll in as little as one credit hour and remain eligible for future semesters; however, all TELS recipients must enroll at least half-time (at least 6 credit hours) every Fall and Spring semester to receive the scholarship for that semester. A TELS recipient is not required to attend during Summer terms; however, all summer courses will be included in the TELS attempted hours and GPA.
Please Note: A student using his or her Regain Option must have been enrolled in at least one hour for every Fall and Spring semester, including semesters for which the student did not receive a TELS award.
A TELS recipient must maintain his or her enrollment status each fall and spring semester. (Example: A student receiving a full-time scholarship must remain enrolled in at least 12 hours through the end of the semester. A student receiving a part-time scholarship must remain enrolled in at least 6 hours through the end of the term.) A student who withdraws or who drops below the required number of hours will lose the scholarship for all future semesters and may be required to repay all or a portion of the current semester's awards.
If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from meeting Continuous Enrollment requirements, the student may appeal to the Financial Aid Office by submitting a Tennessee Lottery Appeal form, a detailed statement regarding the circumstances, and documentation to support the appeal. Please visit our TELS Appeals webpage for more information about filing a TELS appeal. Appeals can only be approved if a student is ineligible due to failure to meet enrollment requirements; MTSU is not able to approve appeals for students who fail to meet GPA requirements, regardless of extenuating circumstances.
A TELS recipient who meets the above requirement may receive the Hope Scholarship until one of the following events occurs:
A student who initially qualifies for a lottery scholarship under non-traditional
rules will continue to be eligible for the award as long as he or she meets continuing
eligibility requirements as noted above and has an Adjusted Gross Income of $36,000 or less on the FAFSA. If a student meets
all renewal criteria other than the GPA requirement, the student will not be eligible
at that time but may be able to qualify in the future.
An Eligible non-traditional student shall continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship until the FIRST of the following TERMINATING events:
For more information about the lottery scholarship rules for non-traditional students, please visit our Non-Traditional Lottery Award webpage.
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