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 postsecondary institution located in Georgia.

HOPE Specific 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 using the HOPE grade point average calculation. For more details, click here.
    • Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 using the HOPE grade point average calculation. For more details, click here.
    • Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible home study program, or earn a GED, on or after July 1, 2014 and score in the national composite 80th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT prior to graduation, home study completion date or GED test date. 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. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a public or private HOPE eligible college and universityPDF - icon in Georgia.
  3. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.

AND:

State Programs Eligibility

  1. Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college;
  5. Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program;
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

Award Amounts


Please review the HOPE Scholarship Award Chart to determine your scholarship award amount.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible public college or university receive a HOPE award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible private college or university receive a HOPE award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, 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 he or she has:

  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, HOPE or Zell Miller Grants, 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

 

Students have two options when applying for the HOPE Scholarship:

  • Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application from a GAcollege411 account, to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete this form. Proceed to the FAFSA. or,
  • GSFAPPS New Window - icon (electronic application), or by using the printable paper GSFAPPS application PDF - icon.

Application Deadline


While you have until the last day of classes or exams, whichever occurs later, 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.

Note: there may be additional college-specific application and deadline requirements.

Assistance


Click here to access and explore information and websites regarding Georgia colleges and universities.

GSFC E-mail
gacollege411@gsfc.org

GSFC 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 their HOPE or Zell Miller program eligibility determination or, in certain situations, may request an exception to the state program regulations. (For requirements, click here.)

 

Additional Information


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


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