Non-Need Based Grant
The Accel program is for students at eligible high schools that
wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high
school and college graduation requirements. Eligible students must
meet certain criteria, explained below. The program is offered
during the fall, winter, and spring terms of the school year.
To be eligible for the Accel program, a student must:
- Be a high school student seeking a high school diploma from a
public or private secondary educational institution, including
unaccredited home study or home school programs;
- Be enrolled in an eligible college or university or public
technical college as a dual credit student taking approved college
- Meet U.S. citizenship requirements, as explained in the Accel
- Be a legal resident of Georgia;
- Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
- Not be in default or owe a refund on any student financial aid
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary
Education Act of 1990;
Students that meet all eligibility requirements receive an Accel
award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition.
Students attending private colleges or universities receive an
Accel award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate
tuition, based on the number of hours of enrollment. To
determine your Accel award amount, please review
Upon choosing a Georgia eligible postsecondary institution to
attend select college equivalent courses from the Accel course
listing found here: Approved
Core Courses for the Accel Program.
Students who attend an eligible high school that doesn't have
access to transmit transcripts electronically or participate
in the GAMES Academy or the Advanced Academy of Georgia must
complete the paper Accel application
Students who attend an eligible high school which has access to
transmit electronically should complete the online
Accel Program Application.
Impact on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility
- All hours paid for by the Accel program through Spring term
2011 will be included in the combined paid-hours limit of 127
semester/190 quarter hours, which includes payments from the HOPE
Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel
- Hours taken and paid for by the Accel program beginning in Fall
2011 will not be counted in the combined paid-hours limit for HOPE
Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, and HOPE Grant.
- Once a student has reached the combined paid-hours limit of 127
semester hours or 190 quarter hours for payment received from a
combination of Accel, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship or
HOPE Grant programs, that student is no longer eligible to continue
to receive payment.
For more information regarding Accel, refer to the Accel program