Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship

The lottery scholarships are administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC).

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program Recipients Must:

  • Have been a Tennessee resident for one year as of the date of enrollment.
  • Be dependent child of U.S. military, Tennessee National Guard on active duty, Department of Defense employees, or full-time religious workers who maintain Tennessee residency while stationed out-of-state are eligible, and
  • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester and February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.
  • Be dependent children of members of the Armed Forces or TN National Guard and must have Tennessee as the Home of Record at the time of entry into military service.

HOPE and HOPE Access Recipients Must:

  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
  • Enroll within 16 months following high school graduation or completion of a homeschool or GED program. Enrollment at an ineligible postsecondary institution during this time will make the student permanently ineligible.
    Tennessee residents graduating from some out of state high schools may be eligible. For more information, please call 1-800-342-1663 or 615-741-1346.
  • All students must meet the program eligibility requirements as determined by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. 

Non-Traditional Hope Eligibility Requirements:

  • Tennessee resident one (1) year prior to eligibility
  • Age 25 or older, as an entering freshman at a postsecondary institution, or have not been enrolled for at least two (2) years after last attending any postsecondary institution and is enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution
  • Independent student’s and spouse’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $36,000 or less on the IRS tax form
  • Be continuously enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in the Fall and Spring semesters and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Have attempted 12 semester hours with a GPA of 2.75 or higher or the required GPA at a subsequent benchmark

The Tennessee HOPE scholarship is a scholarship for study in pursuit of an associate or baccalaureate degree at an eligible postsecondary institution. It excludes certificates and degrees less than two years in length.


For more information about the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Appeals and Exception process, visit the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation website.