Recipient must have resided in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months before the first day of the term for which aid is awarded. If the student did not graduate from a Georgia high school they must have resided in Georgia for at least 24 consecutive months before the start of term for which aid is desired.
A student can only receive assistance from one HOPE program at a time (HOPE grant, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship). Students who have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for any form of HOPE.
This is a state grant funded by the Georgia Lottery. The HOPE Grant covers some tuition (certificate and/or diploma). Recipients must be residents of Georgia, not be in default of a student loan or overpayment of a grant and must be registered with Selective Service. Students must have a 3.0 GPA at 30 hours and 60 paid semester hours to maintain HOPE Grant. Students can only regain the HOPE Grant one time.
The HOPE Grant is limited to 63 semester hours.
How to Check your HOPE Program Hours:
- Go to https://www.gsfc.org/Secure/dsp_login.cfm?st=exp (MUST BE TYPED EXACTLY AS LISTED, CASE SENSITIVE)
- Enter Social Security number
- Enter Birthday mm/dd/yyyy
- Click on “Login”
- Click on “Scholarships and Grants”
This scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers some tuition for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 GPA in a technical curriculum track to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Students become ineligible for HOPE scholarship seven years after the date they graduated high school or equivalent. Students who received a HOPE scholarship payment during the 2010-2011 award year will remain eligible through June 20, 2015, regardless of graduation date. Active duty military service time does not count against the seven-year period.
A nontraditional student may qualify for the HOPE scholarship after completing 30 credit hours towards their degree and maintain a 3.0 GPA. GPAs are recalculated at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours, at which time the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. Students can only regain the HOPE scholarship one time. The student must be a Georgia resident, not be in default of a student loan or overpayment of a grant and must be registered with Selective Service.
Zell Miller Scholarship:
This is a grant funded by the Georgia lottery. The Zell Miller Scholarship covers 100% of tuition for students who are the Valedictorian or Salutatorian for their graduating class; or received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT composite scale score of at least 26 and graduated from high school with at least a 3.7 calculated GPA. Students must be enrolled in a degree program. Students must have a 3.3 GPA at all checkpoints (30, 60 and 90 semester hours), at the end of spring and at the end of 3 part time terms for beginning students. Students who lose eligibility may regain the scholarship once. Students who lose eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship may continue to receive the HOPE scholarship if they are eligible. Degree classes taken at any post secondary institution are counted in the GPA calculation. Funds are disbursed to the students account during the first week of the term.
HOPE For Students Who Complete a GED:
Students who earn a GED on or after July 1, 1993, receive a $500 voucher that can be applied toward the cost of education. Students must be eligible for the Hope Grant to redeem the voucher.
Click here to apply for the Georgia Hope Grant / Scholarship
Learning Support and Financial Aid:
Students who are enrolled only in learning support classes are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant or other Title IV federal financial aid. A student may receive Title IV federal financial aid while enrolled as a provisionally admitted student. The HOPE Grant will pay for learning support courses as a requirement for the completion of a diploma or certificate program; however, the hours will be counted toward the 63 HOPE credit hour limit.