Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school or complete a HOPE eligible home study program.

A student who graduates from a HOPE eligible high school or completes a HOPE eligible home study program in 1993 or later may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship as an entering freshman in a degree program at an eligible college or university in Georgia. Students meeting this requirement are considered to be entering the HOPE Scholarship program as regular HOPE Scholars.

A HOPE eligible high school or HOPE eligible home study program must be accredited by one or more of the accrediting agencies listed below.

If the high school or home study program is located in the state of Georgia:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission;
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools;
  • Association of Christian Schools International;
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council; or
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools.

If the high school or home study program is located outside the state of Georgia:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges ;
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission;
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges;
  • Alabama Independent School Association; or
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools.

A student who graduates from a HOPE eligible high school or completes a HOPE eligible home study program must earn a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on all core coursework. The grade point average calculation for the HOPE Scholarship is unique. Please click here PDF - icon for a chart that explains how the HOPE Scholarship grade point average is calculated.

  • If you graduate from a HOPE eligible high school located in Georgia, your high school should automatically send your transcript data to the Georgia Student Finance Commission for calculation of your HOPE grade point average. This process is electronic. Once your grade point average is calculated, finalized, and verified, you can view it by going here.

  • If you graduate from a HOPE eligible high school located outside the state of Georgia or if you complete a HOPE eligible home study program, you must have an official transcript sent to the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Your high school should be sure to include information on its accreditation, grading scale, and course or grade point average weighting. Also, be sure to include your current name, former name if applicable, date of birth, current mailing address, and phone number. Submit the official transcript and documentation to:

    Georgia Student Finance Commission
    Attention: Program Administration
    2082 East Exchange Place
    Tucker, Georgia 30084

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