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,
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
To receive the HOPE GED Grant, students must:
- Receive a GED diploma from the Technical College System of
Georgia after June 30, 1993.
- Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen
- Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
- Enroll at an eligible postsecondary institution in
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration
- 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
- Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid
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
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.
Full details about the HOPE GED Grant guidelines, policies, and
procedures can be found in the HOPE GED Grant
Program Regulations document
maintained by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.