Students meeting the following exceptions are considered as in-state residents, and therefore qualify for the HOPE program:

  1. Employees and their children who move to Georgia for employment with a new or expanding industry as defined in Georgia Code 20-4-40.
  2. Non-resident students who are financially dependent upon a parent, parents, or spouse who has been a legal resident of Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of class for the term they wish to enroll; provided, however, that such financial dependence shall have existed for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of class for the term they wish to enroll.
  3. Full-time employees of Georgia's Technical Colleges, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  4. Full-time teachers in the public schools of Georgia or in a post-secondary college, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  5. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia.
  6. United States military personnel stationed in Georgia and on active duty and their dependent children living in Georgia.
  7. United States military personnel and their dependent children that are legal residents of Georgia, but are stationed outside the State.

Students meeting the following exceptions will receive out-of-state tuition waivers but will not be considered as Georgia residents. These students do not qualify for the HOPE program:

  1. Students who are legal residents of out-of-state counties bordering on Georgia counties in the service areas in which an institution of the Technical College System of Georgia is located and who are enrolled in said institution.
  2. International students selected by the college president or authorized representative, provided however, that the number of the international students exempted does not exceed one percent of the total enrollment of full-time students.
  3. Career consular officers and their dependents that are a citizen of the foreign nation, which their consular office represents and who are stationed living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments. This waiver shall apply only to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle of educational reciprocity with the United States.