Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school or accredited high school program with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (as calculated by GSFC)

A student who graduated from an eligible high school or accredited high school 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.

A high school or high school program must be accredited by one or more of the agencies listed below.

If the high school or high school 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 high school 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 an eligible high school or accredited high school program must earn a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on all core coursework and meet academic rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from an eligible high school on or after May 1, 2015. Since the grade point average calculation for the HOPE Scholarship is unique, click here for a chart that explains how it is calculated.

  • If you graduate from an eligible high school or accredited high school program located in Georgia, your high school should automatically send your transcript data to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) for calculation of your HOPE grade point average. This process is electronic. Once your grade point average is calculated, finalized, and verified by your high school, you can view it by logging into your GAcollege411 account.

  • If you graduate from a HOPE eligible high school or high school program located outside the state of Georgia, you must complete and submit the Request for Out-of-State High School Transcript Evaluation for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships form and required documents as one package to the following address:

    Georgia Student Finance Commission
    Student Aid Services
    2082 East Exchange Place
    Tucker, Georgia 30084

  • To apply for the HOPE Scholarship, complete and submit the Georgia Scholarship and Grant Application (GSFAPPS) online at www.GAcollege411.org. The deadline to submit the GSFAPPS is the last day of the semester or quarter that the student is seeking scholarship funds.

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