Maintaining Eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship

Becoming eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship is only the first step. There are requirements that you need to be aware of to ensure that you retain the Zell Miller Scholarship throughout your undergraduate career. The information below highlights what you need to know in order to continue to be eligible for Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship or to regain the scholarship while seeking a degree at a Georgia public or private postsecondary institution.


Enrollment


  1. You must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program offered by an eligible public or private college or university or public technical college in Georgia.

    There is no minimum number of hours per semester or quarter of enrollment required for eligibility at a public institution. Students attending private colleges and universities must be enrolled at least six (6) hours to receive an award.

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Credit Hours and Zell Miller Cumulative Grade Point Average for Renewal


  1. Students who are eligible to receive Zell Miller Scholarship as entering freshmen may receive payment through the term during which the number of attempted (not earned) credits equals at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours. However, all Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average of at least a 3.30 at the end of every Spring term in order to continue their eligibility, except for freshmen enrolled for less than 12 credit hours for each of their first three school terms. Freshmen recipients who enroll for less than 12 credit hours for each of their first three school terms must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 at the end of their third term in order to continue their eligibility.

    All attempted hours and corresponding grades as shown on official transcripts are counted toward the Zell Miller cumulative grade point average, including remedial study attempted or accepted for degree credit prior to Fall term 2011. Additionally, withdrawals are counted as attempted hours even if there is no academic penalty.
  2. If you have a Zell Miller cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 by the end of the term you attempted 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, you may renew your scholarship for 31 through 60 semester hours or 46 through 90 quarter hours attempted.
  3. If you have earned a Zell Miller cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 by the end of the term you attempted 60 semester or 90 quarter hours, you may renew your scholarship for 61 through 90 semester hours or 91 through 135 quarter hours attempted.
  4. If you have earned a Zell Miller cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.30 by the end of the term you attempted 90 semester or 135 quarter hours, you may renew your scholarship for 91 through 127 semester hours or 136 through 190 quarter hours attempted. However, the total cumulative number of credit hours for which you can receive payment from any combination of the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel programs (through Spring term 2011) is 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours.

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School Transfers


  1. Zell Miller Scholarship recipients transferring from one HOPE-eligible Georgia institution to another HOPE-eligible institution are eligible for Zell Miller funds if they continue to meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  2. The college degree credit hours attempted at any college and corresponding grades are counted toward the Zell Miller cumulative grade point average, even if those hours and grades are not accepted by the institution to which the student transferred.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress


  1. In order to receive payment each school term, you must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by your institution even if you have not reached the renewal checkpoints as indicated in the "Credit Hours and Zell Miller Cumulative Grade Point Average Renewal" section above.

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Award

 

Default and Refund Due


  1. In order to receive payment each term, you must not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or State of Georgia student loan, grant or scholarship. If you have ever gone into default on a federal or State of Georgia student loan, you must repay your loan completely or totally resolve your default status before you will be eligible for Zell Miller.

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To Regain the Scholarship


  1. The Zell Miller Scholarship is a reward for scholastic achievement and an incentive to continue working hard in school. If your cumulative grade point average is below a 3.30 at the end of spring term, or after your first three terms of enrollment for less than 12 hours per term, or after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, you may regain your Zell Miller Scholarship after attempting 60 semester or 90 quarter hours with a cumulative 3.30. If you do not earn a cumulative 3.30 after attempting 60 semester or 90 quarter hours, you may still regain your Zell Miller Scholarship after attempting 90 semester or 135 quarter hours with a cumulative 3.30. You cannot regain Zell Miller eligibility at the end of spring term, unless that term is also when you have attempted 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or 90 semester or 135 quarter hours with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. A student can lose and regain Zell Miller Scholarship only one time.

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To Reapply for Zell Miller Scholarship


  1. Depending on your personal circumstances or the college you attend, one of several different forms can be used to reapply for the Zell Miller Scholarship each year. Contact the financial aid office at the institution you will attend for specific application instructions that best suit your situation. You must file an application before the end of the school term in order to receive payment for that school term.
  2. The college you are attending may also require that you complete the institution's application for financial aid or other additional forms. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.

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Filing Request for Administrative Reviews and Exceptions

In order for an Administrative Review or Exception to be considered, the student must file a written appeal or request an exception, with supporting documentation, with the Georgia Student Finance Commission office within 45 days of receiving notice of denial. Please address correspondence to:

Georgia Student Finance Commission

Attn: Program Administration
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084

 

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For more information on requesting an Administrative Review or Exception, please review the information found here.