Tennessee HOPE Scholarship - Non-traditional Component

Non-Traditional students must “earn their way” into the HOPE Scholarship program by attempting 12 semester hours without the HOPE Scholarship and achieve a 2.75 GPA.  In addition, the student must:

  • Apply with FAFSA by deadline dates, September 1 for fall and February 1 for spring and/or summer
  • Must be Tennessee resident 1 year prior to application deadline
  • Minimum 25 years of age (as of 1st day of classes) as an entering freshman OR have not been enrolled for at least 2 years after last attending any postsecondary institution
  • Student’s (and spouse’s) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form

High school criteria for HOPE and HOPE Access are non-factors to determine initial eligibility for non-traditional students.

Non-Traditional students are ineligible for the Merit and Aspire supplements.

Renewal Criteria:

Same as HOPE Scholarship after 24 attempted hours AND maximum $36,000 adjusted gross income

For additional information, please visit the TSAC website: 

School Code

Our School Code is 003531

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Priority date to have your FAFSA in: February 15.

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