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TELS Syllabus Statement

Below is a lottery scholarship statement that is included on many undergraduate course syllabi, to help students understand how poor grades or attendance in a class can affect lottery eligibility:

Do you have a lottery scholarship?  To retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter.  If you are not sure how to check your TELS GPA on RaiderNet, please read our instruction page

You may qualify with a 2.75 cumulative TELS GPA after 72 attempted hours (and subsequent semesters), if you are enrolled full-time and maintain an MTSU semester GPA of at least 3.0.  This is called the "provisional eligibility" rule.

A grade of C, D. F, FA or I in a class may negatively impact TELS eligibility.

Dropping or stopping attendance in a class after the scheduled census date in a semester (usually 14 days after the semester begins) may also impact eligibility; if you withdraw from or stop attending a class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship.

Lottery recipients are eligible to receive the lottery scholarship for a maximum of five years from the date of initial enrollment, or until reaching 120 TELS attempted hours or earning a bachelor degree.

All this information, and more, is included on the MTSU Lottery Statement of Understanding form that you are asked to read and complete each new academic year.  You may also read the TELS Continuing Eligibility Rules page for a full description of state regulations.

Should you have further questions, please e-mail lottery@mtsu.edu from your MTSU student e-mail account.  Be sure to include your full name, MTSU ID#, and your specific question.