TELS Transfer Students
TELS recipients may transfer without a break in enrollment from one eligible postsecondary institution to another eligible postsecondary institution and remain eligible. Students must transfer the TELS award through the Student Financial Aid Portal prior to the transfer dates indicated below by institution type. A transfer request will not be accepted by a phone call from the student.
A student who graduates from an eligible high school may enroll in an out-of-state regionally accredited postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after high school graduation. To later qualify for the HOPE Scholarship, the student must have met the high school academic requirements and have maintained the college academic and non-academic requirements that all other HOPE Scholarship recipients must meet as a transfer student enrolling at an eligible postsecondary institution.
At the point of enrollment at the out-of-state institution, the student must maintain continuous enrollment and meet retention requirements that all other HOPE Scholarship recipients must meet in order to remain eligible. At the out-of-state institution, all eligibility requirements must be met while attaining the appropriate cumulative GPA at the appropriate benchmark.
Transfer dates for two-year and four-year institutions are as follows:
Fall Semester: September 1st
Spring/Summer Semester: February 1st
Transfer dates for Tennessee College of Applied Technology schools are as follows:
Summer Trimester: July 1st
Fall Trimester: November 1st
Spring Trimester: May 1st