Academic Rigor Requirements information for the HOPE Scholarship

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

Academic Rigor Requirements information for the HOPE Scholarship

  1. Beginning with the High School Graduating Class of 2015, a student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar at the time of high school graduation must earn a minimum of two full credits from the academic rigor course categories listed below prior to graduating from high school.
  2. For the High School Graduating Class of 2016, a student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar at the time of high school graduation must earn a minimum of three full credits from the academic rigor course categories listed below prior to graduating from high school.
  3. For the High School Graduating Class of 2017 and beyond, a student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar at the time of high school graduation must earn a minimum of four full credits from the academic rigor course categories listed below prior to graduating from high school.

Credits received for academic rigor courses must be selected from the categories below:

  1. Advanced math, such as advanced algebra and trigonometry, math III, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution;
  2. Advanced science, such as chemistry, physics, biology II, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution;
  3. Foreign language courses taken at the high school, or taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution; or
  4. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Credit Enrollment courses in Core subjects.