Zell Miller Scholarship ProgramGraduate from an ineligible high school or complete an unaccredited home study program pursuant to O.C.G.A. §20-2-690(c), et seq. and then complete 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit.

A student who graduated from an ineligible high school or completed an unaccredited home study program may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship retroactively for his or her freshman year of college, if he or she earns a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit and earned a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT or minimum composite score of 1200 on the SAT prior to high school graduation or home study completion.

An ineligible high school or unaccredited home study program is a school or home study program in the state of Georgia that is not accredited by one of the 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; or
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools

If the high school or 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; or
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools

 

For purposes of the Zell Miller Scholarship Program, home study is an arrangement whereby a school-aged child is involved in a course of study in which instruction is carried out at the direction of the parent rather than in a traditional classroom setting and is governed by and operating in accordance with the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690(c).

If you meet the criteria listed above, complete and submit the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation Request 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

You must also submit an application for the Zell Miller Scholarship by completing either the current year FAFSA or the Zell Miller Scholarship application through GSFAPPS. The deadline to apply for the Zell Miller Scholarship retroactive payment 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 (excluding summer semester).


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An ineligible high school or unaccredited home study program is a school or home study program in the state of Georgia that is not accredited by one of the 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; or
Southern Association of Independent Schools
If the high school or 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; or
Southern Association of Independent Schools