Please Note: Any information regarding academic eligibility for a lottery scholarship in the Q&A below is specifically for students who will graduate from an eligible Tennessee high school (including public schools and some private schools).
Students who will graduate from a homeschool program or an ineligible high school have different rules, such as not being able to use a GPA for qualification purposes; please e-mail our office if you have questions about the rules which apply to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: Not necessarily.
If you see the lottery scholarship listed on your RaiderNet account (see below for viewing instructions), you will be eligible unless we later receive information that your eligibility information is incorrect.
For example, if the ACT organization notifies us that your qualifying ACT score has been canceled, we will be required to cancel both the lottery scholarship and the DREAM award.
If you do not see the lottery scholarship listed on your account currently, this means that we have not been able to verify your eligibility for the award; see below for details on common issues and how to resolve them.
A: We will apply the lottery scholarship to your account once you meet all of the following requirements:
If you believe you are eligible but still do not see the lottery scholarship on your account, please visit our Lottery Tips webpage for further assistance.
A: If we have put together a financial aid package for you and have been notified by the state that you are eligible for a lottery scholarship, you should be able to see the award and its amount listed in RaiderNet.
Go to www.mtsu.edu and click on PipelineMT at the top of the page; click on "New User" for info on how to log in.
Please follow these steps to see your lottery scholarship award(s):
You should see the Lottery Hope Scholarship listed, and may also see one of two supplements if you are eligible.
A: Lottery scholarship amounts may vary, depending on the particular awards for which you are eligible.
The base scholarship, the Hope Scholarship, is expected to be $4,000 (for the fall and spring semesters) in 2013-2014.
You may qualify for an additional $1,000 Merit Scholarship if you have an ACT of at least 29 (or SAT of 1280 without writing scores) and a final cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.75.
Please note: Since the final GPA isn't typically reported by the school to the state until mid-June, you generally won't see a Merit Supplement on your account until early July.
Alternately, you may qualify for an additional $1,500 Aspire Supplement if your parents' Adjusted Gross Income on the FAFSA is $36,000 or less.
You can only receive one of the two supplements; if you qualify for both you will receive Aspire, the higher of the two. Therefore, you may receive $4,000, $5,000 of $5,500 (for the fall and spring semesters), depending on your eligibility status.
Lottery amounts may also change due to legislative changes, typically made in late June of each year.
A: If you are expecting to qualify for the lottery scholarship or the merit Supplement based on your GPA, you may be surprised to discover that the GPA reported by your high school to the state is lower than the GPA listed on your transcript.
State regulations require your high school to use a Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) formula to calculate the GPA for lottery purposes.
The UGP GPA is often lower than the transcript GPA, especially if your high school normally uses a weighting system to give extra GPA points for advanced classes.
We recommend that you contact your high school counselor to ask what your current UGPGPA is and to request assistance with predicting what it will be at the end of the current school year.
A: If you meet the qualifications for the Hope Access Grant (18 ACT and 2.75 GPA and parents' Adjusted Gross Income of $36,000 or less), you can receive the smaller Access award ($2,750).
After attempting 24 credit hours you may qualify to recieve the full Hope Lottery Scholarship. More information . . . .
If you do not meet Hope or Hope Access requirements at the time that you start college, you will not be able to qualify for a lottery scholarship even if you retake the ACT or have higher grades later.
A: The lottery scholarship includes very specific rules about how to remain eligible. Since your DREAM Scholarship partners with the lottery scholarship, it is very important that you know and understand the lottery rules, so that you don't risk losing both awards!
Please remember that this is only a very quick overview of the rules.
Visit our lottery scholarship webpage for more details.
When we apply a lottery scholarship to your account, you will be asked to complete a Lottery Statement of Understanding online form, which will review the rules with you.
Updated: October 2013