Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who
have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides
money to assist students with their educational costs of attending
a HOPE-eligible college in Georgia.
To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:
- Meet one of the following academic
- Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade
point average. For more details,
- Complete a HOPE-eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade
point average. For more details,
- Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible
home study program, or earn a GED and score in the
national composite 85th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT. For
- Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an
ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point
average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college
degree-level coursework. This option allows for payment of the
first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are
taken. For more details,
- Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree
coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90,
or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status.
For more details,
- Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen
- Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public
or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.
View a list of HOPE
eligible colleges and universities .
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the
- Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid
- 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
- Meet additional
rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from
high school on or after May 1, 2015. For more details,
The HOPE Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of
institution you are attending and your specific hours of
enrollment. To determine your HOPE award amount, review the chart
Students attending public colleges or universities receive a
HOPE award amount, up to a maximum of 15 hours, based upon a per
hour rate at the institution he or she is attending.
Students attending private colleges or universities receive a
HOPE award amount, up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a
half-time or full-time enrollment status.
A college degree-seeking student is ineligible for the HOPE
Scholarship if the student has:
- Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell
Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel (through Spring term
2011) Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of
- Attempted 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of college degree
credit, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while
attempting the hours; or
- Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of
whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree,
- Reached the seven year expiration of eligibility date. Click
here for more information.
Applying for the HOPE Scholarship is easy but you should always
check with the college, you are planning to attend, to make sure
you are completing the applications they require.
Students have three options when applying for the HOPE
- 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
- GSFAPPS (electronic application), click here.
- GSFAPPS (paper application), click here .
While you have until the last day of classes or exams to submit
your application in order to receive HOPE funds for that semester
or quarter, we highly recommend submitting your HOPE application as
early as possible. The earlier you apply, the earlier the funds are
disbursed to your school and credited to your account.
How to Get Help
If you need help filling out an application, or have other
questions relating to the HOPE Scholarship, we suggest contacting
the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, talking
with your high school counselor, or contacting the Georgia Student
Finance Commission (GSFC).
To find contact details for the financial aid office at the
school you plan to attend, look for your school using the search
engine or via this list of
Georgia colleges and universities.
You can contact GSFC by:
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
Administrative Reviews and Exceptions
Students may request an administrative review of a HOPE
Scholarship or HOPE Grant eligibility determination or, in certain
situations, may request an exception to the scholarship program
regulations. For more details, please
Full details about the HOPE Scholarship guidelines, policies,
and procedures can be found in the HOPE Scholarship
Program Regulations - Public Colleges or HOPE Scholarship
Regulations - Private Colleges document
maintained by the GSFC.