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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Division of Student Life and Enrollment

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) is awarded based on policies set forth by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC Chapter 1640-1-19) in accordance with Tennessee State Law (T.C.A. §§ 49-4-901 through 49-4-928) governing the administration of this scholarship program.

In accordance with these regulations, ETSU has established an Institution Review Panel (IRP) to hear appeals for students who are denied or who lose their TELS award. If you receive notice that you have lost your eligibility for a TELS award, you have 30 days to file an appeal with the Financial Aid Office (Additional times, up to a maximum of 45 days, will be granted in the event of verifiable, documented extenuating circumstances).


  • Supply ALL information requested on the form
  • Attach ALL appropriate documentation
  • Submit the form to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Keep a copy of the form and all documentation for your records

If you have lost your TELS award because you

  1. changed enrollment status (dropped from full-time to below full-time or half-time to below half-time) at another school 
    --- or ---
  2. failed to enroll in a post-secondary institution within 16 months of high school graduation  
    --- or ---
  3. did not maintain continuous enrollment at another institution,

You should appeal directly to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC).

Otherwise, your appeal will go through the Office of Financial Aid here at ETSU.


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