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 (SIWDG). 

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 for approved programs of study and award amounts.

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.

Award Limits

A HOPE Grant recipient is ineligible for the grant if the student has:

  • 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 credit,
    • Dual Credit Enrollment hours for which a high school student received HOPE Grant payment are not included in these totals.

Application Procedure

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.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    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 FAFSA.
  2. If you just want to apply for the HOPE Grant by:
    1. GSFAPPS application, click hereNew Window - icon.
    2. GSFAPPS (paper version), click here PDF - icon.

Application Deadline

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.

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 p.m.

Additional Information

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