HOPE Lottery Scholarship for Transferring Students

Welcome to the University of Memphis. We are glad that you have chosen this institution as your new home of higher education. The following is important information regarding the HOPE Lottery Scholarship if you were receiving the HOPE Lottery Scholarship at your previous institution OR if you are transferring from an out-of-state institution, but graduated from high school in Tennessee:

  1. Once you have been admitted to the University of Memphis, you must have all of your transcripts from previous colleges and universities forwarded to the Admissions office. Once these transcripts are received, they are reviewed by the Admissions staff and then loaded into our student information system.
  2. The Scholarship Office will review: a) your eligibility upon high school graduation, b) the number of hours attempted at other institutions of higher education, c) your overall college GPA, d) your enrollment record at previous institutions to determine if you meet continuous enrollment provisions of the HOPE Lottery Scholarship statutes, and e) other information deemed pertinent to determine eligibility.

The Scholarship Office cannot make a determination of eligibility until you have been fully admitted to the University of Memphis and all official transcripts have been received by the Admissions Office.

According to Admissions office policy for students transferring in the middle of the school year, any transcripts received after December 1 will be processed beginning February 1. This means that your eligibility for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship may not be determined in most cases until after February 1. For students transferring at the beginning of Fall semester, all transcripts must be received at least one month prior to the start date of school.

Basic Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship Requirements

  1. Be a resident of Tennessee for at least one year as of September 1 of the year you begin college.
  2. Graduate from an accredited Tennessee high school in 2003 or later.
  3. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a timely manner and include The University of Memphis in the list of schools to receive this information. We encourage you to do this by March 1 of each year, but it must be processed no later than September 1 of the year attending school to be considered.
  4. Post a score of 21 or higher on the ACT or 980 or higher on the SAT OR have a cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Graduates of home school programs are required to meet other special provisions. Visit www.tn.gov/collegepays for a list of these requirements.


You must complete a FAFSA each year that you are in school.

Eligibility shall be reviewed by the institution at the end of the semester in which the student has attempted a total of 24, 48, 72, 96, and any subsequent multiples of 24 semester hours thereafter. Additionally, at 72 attempted semester hours and beyond, students may be reviewed at the end of each semester if they maintain the award on a provisional basis. The student:

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted semester hours. After attempting 72 hours and beyond, a student may retain the award by either:
    • Achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 OR
    • Achieving a 2.75 – 2.99 cumulative GPA after 72, 96, and any subsequent multiples of 24 attempted semester hours thereafter AND a semester GPA of at least a 3.0 in the preceding semester in which the student will receive the award as a full-time enrolled student. (The student will be reviewed on a semester-by-semester basis and must maintain full-time enrollment)
  • Must maintain continuous enrollment AND satisfactory academic progress
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 hours; 12 hours if eligible on provisional basis
  • According to TSAC rules, as of Fall 2015, if a student who first receives the HOPE Scholarship in the Fall semester of 2009 or thereafter, the Scholarship is terminated after the first of the following occurs: attainment of a baccalaureate degree or 5 years have passed from initial enrollment or the student has attempted 120 semester hours or has received the HOPE Scholarship for eight (8) full-time equivalent semesters at any postsecondary institution; whichever occurs later.


If you have questions about the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship program, visit the Scholarship Office in 201 Wilder Tower or call (901) 678-3213 OR contact TSAC for details.