Georgia's HOPE GED Grant


Georgia's HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993.

The Grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books, or other educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public or private college or university. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma.


To receive the HOPE GED Grant, students must:

  1. Receive a GED diploma from the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993.
  2. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  4. Enroll at an eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia.
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.

Award Amounts

Recipients receive a one-time award of $500 toward their post-secondary educational costs. In addition to the $500 GED Grant, GED students are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship in a degree program once they have attempted their FIRST 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of study with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. The entry points are based on all degree credit attempted and course work converted to degree credit after the award date on the GED diploma.

GED students may also qualify for the HOPE Grant for Certificate and Diploma Programs covering tuition at public colleges and technical colleges. The HOPE Grant is in addition to the $500 GED Grant.

Application Procedure

A HOPE GED Voucher is automatically mailed to recipients along with their GED diploma. The voucher may be submitted to a HOPE-eligible post-secondary institution at the time of enrollment. In return, the student's account will be credited for $500 to cover eligible educational costs.

More Information

Full details about the HOPE GED Grant guidelines, policies, and procedures can be found in the HOPE GED Grant Program Regulations New Window - icon document maintained by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.