March 16, 2012
KNOXVILLE--For the first time since HOPE scholarships have been offered in Tennessee, college students can use them toward summer courses in 2012. More than 12,500 students at University of Tennessee campuses are currently HOPE scholarship recipients.
Gov. Bill Haslam proposed a change in guidelines and the legislature approved that change in June 2011. As a result, HOPE scholarships per student at four-year colleges increased from $4,000 a year to $6,000 a year. The scholarship award is divided equally among fall, spring and summer sessions, and is prorated for students taking fewer than 12 hours.
UT students statewide are being encouraged to register for classes offered in May and summer sessions to help them graduate sooner and take full advantage of scholarship opportunities.
To qualify for HOPE scholarship funding in summer, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and meet GPA requirements. Funding cannot be used for mini sessions offered in May.
The HOPE scholarship has a 120-hour cap on the number of credit hours funded, with exceptions for certain majors and programs.
Additional information about financial aid, session schedules and registration is available on these UT campus websites:
UT Chattanooga: utc.edu/summer
UT Knoxville: utk.edu/summer
Gina Stafford, (865) 974-0741, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Amador, (865) 974-1177, email@example.com