Georgia's HOPE Grant Program
Georgia's HOPE Grant (a separate program from the HOPE
Scholarship) is available to Georgia residents who are working
towards a certificate or diploma (continuing education programs are
not eligible) at an eligible college or university in Georgia.
Full-time enrollment is not required and students are not
required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however,
they are required to have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at
certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 Award Year, students enrolled in a
Commission approved, designated program of study who are eligible
for, and receiving, HOPE Grant funding, may also be eligible for
funding from the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant
A student's SIWDG award is a fixed amount per term based upon the
student's program of study and number of hours of enrollment.
Please review the chart found here for
approved programs of study and award amounts.
The HOPE Grant award amount will cover a portion of a student's
tuition. Please review the HOPE Grant Award
Chart to determine your award amount.
A HOPE Grant recipient is ineligible for the grant if the
- Earned a baccalaureate degree; or
- Received HOPE Grant payment for more than 63 semester or 95
quarter hours; or
- Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell
Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and, through Summer term 2011,
Accel Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of
- Dual Credit Enrollment hours for which a high school student
received HOPE Grant payment are not included in these totals.
For eligible students, there are two options to apply for the
HOPE Grant program. Either complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the GSFAPPS electronic
application. Contact the financial aid office at the school you
plan to attend for information on any other institutional
application that needs to be completed.
Please note that you only have to choose one of these
options to apply for the HOPE Grant.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
By using your GAcollege411 account and accessing the FAFSA
application from GAcollege411, you can reduce the amount of time it
takes to complete this form. Proceed to the
- If you just want to apply for the HOPE Grant by:
- GSFAPPS application, click here.
- GSFAPPS (paper version), click here .
You must file an application by the last day of classes or exams
in order to receive HOPE funds for that semester or quarter.
Where to Go for Help
If you need help filling out an application or have other
questions relating to the HOPE Grant, we suggest contacting the
financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, talking with
your high school counselor, or contacting GSFC.
To find contact details for the financial aid office at the
school you plan to attend, find your school through the search
engine via the list of Georgia Colleges and Universities link here.
You can contact GSFC by:
Call us Toll-Free at: 1-800-505-GSFC (4732)
In metro Atlanta: (770) 724-9000
A representative is available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5
Full details about the HOPE Grant guidelines, policies, and
procedures can be found in the HOPE Grant Program
maintained by GSFC.