Tennessee Lottery Scholarships
Pursue your college education and pay for it using aid from the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program.
TN Lottery Scholarship Opportunities
To be considered for a lottery scholarship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the September 1 deadline for fall, or the February 1 deadline for spring and summer.
- A minimum 21 ACT composite or 980 SAT on a national test date or a final cumulative weighted 3.0 GPA for entering freshman graduating from eligible public or category 1, 2, or 3 private high schools is required for consideration for the HOPE scholarship.
- GED students must have the minimum ACT/SAT test score as stated above and an average of at least 525 on the GED test.
- Tennessee home school and non-category 1, 2, or 3 private high school graduates must have the ACT/SAT test scores stated above AND must have been enrolled in a home school program for one year immediately preceding graduation and be registered with a TN local school district.
- HiSet recipients must have a minimum of 21 ACT or 980 SAT, and a minimum HiSet score average of 15.
- The ACT Residual test is not accepted for HOPE Scholarship eligibility determination.
- Applicants must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution. However, enrollment at an ineligible postsecondary institution during the 16 months will make you permanently ineligible.
- If you cease to be eligible for HOPE, except for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship or the Access Grant, you may regain HOPE one time only after you meet the regain requirements.
- Applicants must meet the HOPE Scholarship requirements and the parents’, or independent student’s (and spouse’s) adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on the IRS tax form for the appropriate year.
- You may receive Aspire or the General Assembly Merit Scholarship, but not both.
General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS)
- Entering freshmen graduating from eligible public or category 1, 2, or 3 private high schools must have at least a final cumulative weighted 3.75 GPA and 29 ACT composite or 1280 SAT (Math and Critical Reading only) on a national test date or state test date.
- Home school and non-category 1, 2, or 3 private high schools must have the ACT/SAT test scores stated above AND enroll in at least 4 courses totaling at least 12 semester hours and achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at an eligible post-secondary institution while enrolled in a home school program.
- You may receive Aspire or the General Assembly Merit Scholarships, but not both.
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