Transfer Finish Line Scholarship Guidelines

  1. Guiding principle for the program
    1. To incentivize and reward transfer students to complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely manner by offering a Finish Line Scholarship that offsets tuition increases since their first enrollment at MTSU[1]

  2. Eligibility
    1. Begins fall 2015 as an entering transfer student.[2]
      1. This program is available only for Tennessee resident students.
      2. Must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours from an accredited institution prior to enrollment at MTSU that can be transcripted at MTSU.
    2. Meets the MTSU definition as a first-time, full-time transfer
    3. Completes and signs the Finish Line Scholarship agreement within 30 days of the beginning of the regular semester[3] in which the student first enrolls.
    4. Completion of a minimum of 30 hours for award of an undergraduate degree within one calendar year of the date of entry as a MTSU transfer student.
      1. For those needing more than 30 hours to complete an undergraduate degree, the student must complete an average of 30 hours each year to be eligible for the Finish Line Scholarship.
      2. During the above time frame, must have been continuously enrolled (fall and spring semesters) as a full-time MTSU student.
      3. The 30 hours may include transfer hours from an accredited school recognized by MTSU, so long as the hours to be counted were earned after the student began full-time studies at MTSU as a transfer student.
      4. The 30 hours may also include CLEP or other credit recognized by MTSU, so long as the hours to be counted were earned after the student began full-time studies at MTSU as a transfer student.
    5. The student is scheduled to graduate no later than the fifth regular semester of enrollment at MTSU.
      1. As the Finish Line Scholarship is awarded in the final semester, for students entering the institution with 45 credit hours, in the student must have successfully completed no fewer than 105 MTSU transcripted credit hours that are applicable to their degree at the close of their fourth regular semester of studies.
        1. As this is a “rebate” program intended to offset out-of-pocket tuition increases, students who receive full tuition scholarships[4] are not eligible for the Finish Line Scholarship.
    6. All institutional, state and federal financial aid provisions will be followed in packaging aid for eligible students.
    7. At the time the award is to be received (i.e., final semester of study), the student must be in good academic standing, and meet educational requirements of their major program.

  3. Expectations for maintaining eligibility
    1. Must complete a degree map no later than the conclusion of the first semester, and update the map each semester thereafter.
    2. Must be continuously enrolled (fall and spring semesters) as a full-time MTSU student.
    3. Must meet with academic advisor prior to assigned registration time each semester.
    4. Maintain good academic standing with the university and within the major.
    5. Selection of a major by the conclusion of the first regular semester of enrollment.
    6. Consult with academic advisor prior to changing major.
    7. Consult with academic advisor prior to adding or dropping courses.
    8. At all times upholds the “True Blue Pledge” and adheres to the “MTSU Community Values.”
    9. Complete all academic and business related tasks on time such as registering for classes, resolving holds, and if required to do so submitting the FAFSA by March 1st of each year.
    10. Apply for graduation by the published deadline.

  4. Calculation of the scholarship award amount
    1. The scholarship amount will be calculated by assessing the following:
      1. In-state tuition increases will be based on MTSU Board of Trustees approved tuition rates over the two year term.[5]
      2. The base year for measuring tuition increases will be based on the first semester of enrollment.
      3. Increases in tuition will be evaluated based upon two year cohorts.[6]
      4. Matriculation fall 2015 – Cohort evaluation will be fall 2015 – spring 2017.
      5. Analysis of tuition increases will be restricted to enrollment during fall and spring semesters only.
      6. The calculation will be based on students taking an average of 15 credit hours each fall and spring semester.[7]
      7. All students within a cohort will receive the same award as other students in that cohort.[8]
      8. Scholarship amount will be awarded in the final semester.
      9. Fall 2015 matriculation – scholarship award term will be spring 2017.
        1. Hypothetical illustration of the scholarship calculation – fall 2015 matriculation.

          Fall 2015 Matriculation (Assuming 3% tuition increases)
          Term 2015-16 2016-17  Increase Total Increase
          Fall $3,456 $3,560 $104 $104
          Spring $3,456 $3,560 $104 $104
          Total Award     $208 $208
  5. Administration of the program
    1. With assistance from the Registrar, Director of Financial Aid and the Vice Provost for Student Success, academic advisors in the student’s major area of study will be responsible for tracking and assessing eligibility for the Finish Line Scholarship.
    2. The Bursar/Business Office will work closely with the Director of Financial Aid to process awards and apply them to student accounts.
    3. With assistance from the Registrar and Director of Financial Aid, administrative oversight including appeals will be the responsibility of the Vice Provost for Student Success.
[1] Students who receive a dependent discount on tuition will have the scholarship rebate reduced accordingly.
[2] First time transfer students who first begin their studies in summer 2015 will be eligible for inclusion in the program.
[3] "Regular semester” is defined as the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.
[4] For example, students receiving certain “full ride” athletic scholarships or other full ride scholarships are ineligible for the Finish Line Scholarship program.
[5] In the event there is no tuition increase for a given year or years, there will be no rebate or scholarship for those years.
[6] No finish line scholarship is available in any case where a transfer student graduates after the completion of two semesters. This is because the finish line scholarship functions as a tuition rebate, and there would have been no tuition increase in this case.
[7] All institutional, state and federal financial aid provisions will be followed in packaging aid for eligible students.
[8] Notwithstanding any case where institutional, state or federal financial aid provisions would preclude the student from being eligible for all or part of the Finish Line Scholarship.