Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program Overview

Overview


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.

Eligibility


To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:

  1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:
    • Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
    • Complete a HOPE-eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
    • 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 more details, click here.
    • 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, click here.
    • 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, click here.
  2. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  4. 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 PDF - icon.
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  8. 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 drugs.
  9. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.  For more details, click here.

Award Amounts


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 found here.

Public Institutions

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.

Private Institutions

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.


Award Limits


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 credit; or
  • 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, or
  • Reached the seven year expiration of eligibility date. Click here for more information.

Application Procedure


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 Scholarship:

  • 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.
  • GSFAPPS (electronic application), click hereNew Window - icon.
  • GSFAPPS (paper application), click here PDF - icon.

Application Deadline


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:

E-mail
gacollege411@gsfc.org

Telephone
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.

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 click here.

 

Other Information


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


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