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 Scholarship Academic 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 minimum 3.0 grade point average (as calculated by GSFC).For more details, click here.
    • Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete a home study program in Georgia, or earn a GED and score in the national composite 80th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT prior to completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. For more details, click here.
    • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete a home study program in Georgia and then earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework for retroactive HOPE Scholarship payment. 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 university in Georgia.
  3. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from an eligible high school on or after May 1, 2015.

AND

Program 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. Be within the seven-year eligibility limit;
  5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college;
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

Award Amounts


Please review the HOPE and Zell Miller Award Charts to determine your award amount.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible public college or university receive a HOPE Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or,
  2. Complete the online GSFAPPS application or printable paper GSFAPPS application.

Note: The FAFSA must be completed each year.

Application Deadline


The application deadline is the last day of the school term or a student's withdrawal date, whichever occurs first. It is recommended that you submit HOPE Scholarship application as early as possible; the earlier you apply, the earlier the funds are disbursed to your school and credited to your account.

Note: Additional college-specific application and deadline requirements may be required. Check with your postsecondary institution.

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 Scholarship 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 or HOPE Scholarship Program at Private Institutions Regulations document maintained by the GSFC.


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