Graduate from an ineligible high school or ineligible home study program and complete 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit

For purposes of the HOPE Scholarship Program, an ineligible high school or an ineligible home study program is a school or home study program in the state of Georgia that is not accredited by one of the accrediting agencies listed below:

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

If the ineligible high school or ineligible home study program is located outside the state of Georgia and is not accredited by one of the agencies listed below:

  • 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
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools

A student who graduates from an ineligible high school or completes an ineligible home study program may receive the HOPE Scholarship retroactively for his or her freshman year of college, if he or she earns a 3.00 cumulative grade point average after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit.

  • You must have an official copy of both your high school/home study program and college transcripts sent to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  You must also submit a completed "Request for Retroactive HOPE Scholarship Eligibility". Submit the completed application and official transcripts as one package to the following address:

    Georgia Student Finance Commission
    2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 100
    Tucker, Georgia 30084

  • You must also complete an application for the HOPE Scholarship by submitting a GSFAPPS or the current year FAFSA.  The deadline to submit the application and all supporting documentation to Georgia Student Finance Commission is the last day of the semester or quarter immediately following the semester or quarter in which you reached the 30 semester or 45 quarter attempted-hour point.

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