TSAC Grants & Scholarships (Not HOPE)
For more information on these and additional TSAC grants, scholarships, programs and loan forgiveness, go to www.tn.gov/collegepays
1. General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS): This is a supplement to the HOPE and students must be HOPE eligible. Minimum 29 ACT AND a 3.75 final GPA. Renewal same as HOPE. NOTE: Student may receive GAMS or ASPIRE but not both. Up to $500 per semester (fall, spring, summer)
2. ASPIRE Award: This is a supplement to the HOPE and students must be HOPE eligible. Parent's or independent student's (and spouse's) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. Renewal same s HOPE. Note: Student may receive ASPIRE or GAMS but not both. 2 year: Up to $250 per semester (fall, spring, summer); 4 year: Up to $750 per semester (fall, spring, summer)
HOPE Access Grant: Must be admitted to and enrolled in at least six (6) hours in a HOPE eligilble postsecondary institution within 16 months of graduation from an eligible high school. Must have 18, 19, or 20 on the ACT and 2.75-2.99 final GPA AND parent's or independent student's (and spouse's) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. Nonrenewable after 24 attempted credit hours, however students may qualify for HOPE by meeting the renewal critera for HOPE, contact financial aid office for details. Students should retain satisfactory academic progress AND continuous enrollment. Student should NEVER drop a class without talking to the Financial Aid office about how it might affect their HOPE Scholarship eligiblity. 2 year: Up to $875 per semester (fall, spring, summer); 4 year: Up to $1250 per semester (fall, spring, summer).
HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant: Students must meet the HOPE general scholarship or HOPE Access Grant requirements. Students who were in the custody of the Department of Children Services for at least one year after 14th birthday. Must maintain satisfactory progress according to the standards and practies used in Title IV programs by which the student is enrolled. Amount varies based on level of unmet need after all financial assistance (exclusing loans and work study) has been applied and not to exceed cost of tuition and mandatory fees. If enrolled at an independent instition not to excees the statewide average public tuition and mandatory fees for the type of tuition attended.
Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA): Undergraduate students pursuing their first degree and enrolled at least half-time at an eligible Tennessee postsecondary institution. Financial Aid must be determined by the FAFSA which must be completed and submitted by January 16; awards are made until FUNDS ARE DEPLETED. Renewed for satisfactory academic progress, minimum half time enrollment, must complete FAFSA each year. $4000 independent institution, $2000 public four year institution and proprietary schools; $1300 public two year institutions, $1000 TCAT. Maximum 4 years eligiblity.