APS Policies

  • Tennessee residents and residents of border counties in Virginia and North Carolina (Lee, Scott and Washington counties in Virginia and Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in North Carolina.)
  • Only entering freshmen and transfer students are eligible.
  •  Students who enter ETSU during the spring or summer terms will be considered "new" students for the following fall term
  • Graduates, second undergraduate degrees and currently enrolled students are not eligible
  • New students accepting an APS must register for fall classes or register to attend an orientation program by July 1
  • For departmental awards (Music and Military Science) entering freshmen must have a GPA > 2.9 (4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score > 19
  • Exceptions may be made if student has not attended high school or another post secondary institution for at least four years
  • For departmental awards (Music and Military Science) entering transfer students must have a college GPA > 2.9 (4.0 scale) and a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours
  • Students who have completed less than 12 transferable credit hours must meet the entering freshmen criteria
  • Awards are competitive and based on academic performance
  • Recipients must maintain an overall GPA > 2.5 and earn a term GPA > 2.5
  • Recipients must pass a minimum of 12 credits per semester
  • Recipients are required to perform 75 service hours each semester (approximately 5 hours per week).
  • APS recipients are responsible for securing their own positions on campus by September 15. APS positions are posted on the Office of Financial Aid web page.
  • APS awards may be made by the following offices:  Scholarship Office, Department of Music, and Department of Military Science
  • If the Department of Music and The Department of Military Science have not awarded their allotted number of APS by August 1 of each year, the Scholarship Office may award these to other eligible students
  • The Department of Music may make 28 new APS awards each year, the Department of Military Science may make 2 new APS awards each year, and the Math and Science Scholars Program may have a total of 6 APS awards each year.
    Availability of awards contingent on funding levels
  • Awards for new students are made on a rolling basis
  • Initial eligibility and renewal requirements may change in the future
APS Renewal Criteria:
  •  Earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
  •  Maintain a cumulative and term GPA of 2.5 or higher
  •  Developmental studies credit is not included in the number of hours earned or in the calculation of the student's GPA
  •  Must perform 75 services hours each semester in the same department.  APS recipients who do not complete the 75 service hours will lose their scholarship for all future terms
  • APS recipients must stay continuously enrolled (fall and spring terms).
  • No APS awards are available for summer terms.
  • APS recipients who will be off campus for a fall or spring term due to participation in co-op programs, internships, student teaching or legislative internships may file a written request to perform the APS hours before the beginning of the term in which they will participate in the program.
  • This request must be signed by the student and student's supervisor.
  • Request should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Students who fail to meet these criteria will lose their scholarship for all future terms
  • Freshmen who fail to earn 12 hours of credit and a minimum 2.5 GPA for the first APS semester, will be placed on probation for the following term