Did you first receive the lottery scholarship before Fall 2009? If yes, please see the special section for you below, but be sure to also read the rest of the page; the remaining information on this webpage is also applicable to you unless otherwise noted.
Summer Lottery Scholarship Overview
If you first received the lottery scholarship in the Fall 2009 semester or later, you can receive a full lottery scholarship (or a prorated award for part-time enrollment) in the summer as long as you meet eligibility requirements, even if you already received a full-time award in the fall and spring.
**IMPORTANT** To request a summer lottery scholarship, you will need to submit a Summer Lottery Request Form to the Scholarship Office by June 17.
**IMPORTANT** The priority deadline to submit the form is May 1; forms received by this date will be processed in time for the May 15 Fee Payment Deadline, as long as we are able to confirm eligibility at that time.
**IMPORTANT** You must enroll in your summer courses before submitting the form, except as noted below.
We will apply a tentative lottery scholarship to your account 2-3 weeks after receiving your Summer Lottery Request Form. You will see the scholarship listed as a credit on your account at that time, unless you are currently in a provisional status (see below). Please note that we cannot determine official eligibility until approximately May 15, after Spring 2013 grades are posted. At that time, the award will be canceled if we determine that you are not eligible based on spring grades, and you will be responsible for paying any portion of your bill originally covered by the expected lottery scholarship.
Please Note: Certain students may need to pay the summer bill out-of-pocket or with other types of aid by the May 16 Fee Payment Deadline; such students may be eligible to receive a direct deposit refund later after we confirm eligibility and apply the scholarship (if applicable). These may include the following groups of students:
You must be enrolled at least 6 hours to receive a lottery scholarship; at least one of the courses must begin in May or June. Your award will be prorated for part-time enrollment (6-11 hours). If you enroll in 1-5 hours, you will not be eligible for a lottery scholarship but your attempted hours and grades will be counted in determining future lottery eligibility.
If you drop or add classes after your lottery scholarship is applied, you must notify us by June 17 so that we can determine whether your scholarship amount should be increased or decreased. You will be responsible for repaying any portion of the award that is reduced due to dropping courses before the July 18 Fee Payment Deadline.
**IMPORTANT** If you add classes after June 17, or fail to contact us about a missing or incorrect award by that date, we will be unable to assist you with scholarship funds. However, the attempted hours and grades will be counted in determining future lottery eligibility.
If you change your enrollment status by dropping classes after the July 18 Fee Payment Deadline (such as dropping from full-time to less than 12 hours or dropping from part-time to less than 6 hours), you will permanently lose eligibility for the lottery scholarship.
We strongly recommend that you speak with a lottery scholarship staff member before adding or dropping any summer courses after the term starts on May 20, since such an action may result in having to repay some or all of the scholarship or losing eligibility for the scholarship forever!
If you plan to enroll in classes at another school through a consortium agreement or study abroad program, you must speak with Judith Fogus in the main Financial Aid Office regarding a special process for such coursework. You may be able to receive a lottery scholarship in mid-semester once the paperwork process is complete, but you must make arrangements with Judith no later than June 17 even if you will not receive the scholarship until after that date.
If you are required to complete your first summer course before you will be allowed to enroll in a subsequent summer course, you must speak with Melanie Collins regarding a special process for such coursework. You may be able to receive a lottery scholarship after registering for the 2nd course, but you must make arrangements with Melanie no later than June 17 even if you will not register until after that date.
If you first received the lottery scholarship in Fall 2009 or later: Your award will be based on your enrollment status. If you are eligible to receive $2,750 per semester for full-time enrollment (that is a $2,000.00 Hope Scholarship plus a $750 Aspire Supplement), you can receive $2,750 in the summer if you are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. If you are enrolled in 6 to 8 hours, you will receive 50% of your normal one-semester amount. If you are enrolled in 9 to 11 hours, you will receive 75% of your normal one-semester amount.
If you first received the lottery scholarship before Fall 2009: Your award will be based on your enrollment status but will be limited to a maximum of your residual amount (the amount remaining for the 2012-2013 year). If you are eligible to receive $2,750 per semester for full-time enrollment (that is a $2,000 Hope Scholarship plus a $750 Aspire Supplement), you can receive up to $2,750 in the summer if you are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. If you are enrolled in 6-8, you will receive up to 50% of your normal one-semester amount. If you are enrolled in 9 to 11 hours, you will receive up to 75% of your normal one-semester amount.
**IMPORTANT** The hours you attempt and grades you earn this summer will be included in your lottery stats, regardless of whether or not you receive lotter funds this summer.
The classes you take this summer will be counted toward your 24-hour benchmarks and your TELS GPA, even if you aren't receive a lottery scholarship for the summer term (such as if you take 1-5 hours). The classes you take this summer will count toward your 120-hour maximum. If you reach a 24 hour benchmark at the end of the summer term and are ineligible based on GPA, enrollment, or the 120-hour limitation, you will not be eligible for the scholarship beginning with the fall semester.
**IMPORTANT** We recommend that you carefully consider your current lottery stats before enrolling for any summer courses, to determine what your status may be after taking those classes!
You must meet continuous enrollment requirements to retain eligibility for the lottery scholarship. However, this rule only applies to the fall and spring semesters.
**IMPORTANT** You are not required to enroll in the summer term in order to keep your lottery scholarship.
In a provisional status for the spring semester: If you are currently in a provisional* eligibility status, your summer lottery scholarship will have a hold placed on it until we verify your eligibility after the spring semester.
**IMPORTANT** Revised 04/10/2013: The Scholarship Office has learned that the Business Office Fee Payment Deadline is May 15 and not May 16 as previously posted on this page. Since the Summer 2013 Fee Payment Deadline is so close to the last day for grades to be posted for Spring 2013 there is no way the Scholarship Office will be able to review and determine lottery eligibility for provisional students prior to the deadline.
Provisional students should not expect Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship funds (Hope, Aspire or Merit) to be awarded prior to the Summer 2013 fee payment deadline on May 15. Provisional students should be prepared to pay summer expenses not covered by other awarded summer financial aid out-of-pocket to prevent summer classes from being purged.
In a provisional status for the summer term: Students who are eligible under the provisional eligibility rules are able to receive a prorated scholarship for part-time enrollment in the summer only. Provisional students must still enroll full-time for the fall and spring semesters to receive a scholarship and retain eligibility.
* You may be in a provisional status if you have reached the 72-hour benchmark or a later benchmark, had a TELS GPA of only 2.75 - 2.99 at that time, but had a semester GPA of at least 3.0. Not sure if you are provisional? Check your lottery stat in RaiderNet: Go to the Financial Aid tab and click on View TELS Eligibility. If you are in a provisional status, you will see it listed toward the bottom of the Term record.
If you first received the lottery scholarship before the Fall 2009 semester, you will only be eligible for a summer lottery award if you have not already received the full award for the 2012-2013 year. This will generally only occur if you enrolled part-time for one or both semester or if your lottery award was reduced for another reason.
If you believe you may be eligible for a summer lottery award based on this information, you will need to submit a Summer Lottery Request Form by June 17.
Have a lottery question after reading all of the above information carefully? Contact one of the following lottery staff for assistance:
Have a question about a scholarship other than a lottery scholarship? visit our Scholarship Office Staff webpage for helpful info on who to contact and how to reach them!
Have a financial aid question, such as the status of your FAFSA or how to submit verification paperwork? Visit the Financial Aid Office's Office Staff webpage for helpful info on who to contact and how to reach them!
Updated March 2013