AG: No lottery GPA exceptions in extenuating circumstances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state's attorney general says extenuating personal or medical circumstances are not reasons for exceptions to grade point average requirements needed to maintain a lottery scholarship.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation requested the opinion after encountering students whose GPA has fallen below scholarship requirements because of such circumstances.

The opinion says the lottery scholarship program establishes GPA requirements for most of the available scholarships created by the Legislature.

It says none of the scholarships created by Tennessee statutory law permits an eligibility exception from the GPA requirements for extenuating personal or medical circumstances.

Under current rules, a student must be enrolled full time in college, have a GPA of at least 2.75 after their freshman year and a cumulative 3.0 GPA for subsequent years to keep the scholarship.

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