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
postsecondary institution. 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:
- 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
postsecondary educational costs. GED students may also qualify for
the HOPE Grant for certificate and diploma programs covering
tuition at eligible postsecondary institutions. The HOPE Grant is
in addition to the $500 GED Grant.
In addition to the $500 GED Grant, GED students are eligible for
the HOPE Scholarship 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 coursework converted to degree credit after the award
date on the GED diploma.
A HOPE GED voucher is mailed to recipients along with their GED
diploma and may be submitted to a HOPE-eligible postsecondary
institution at the time of enrollment. In return, the student's
account will be credited for $500 to cover eligible educational
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