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HOPE Programs

Georgia HOPE Scholarship

HOPE - Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally - Scholarships are available for eligible degree-seeking students at East Georgia State College. HOPE scholarships provide assistance for tuition.  Students may register for any number of hours and receive their HOPE Scholarship as long as they are meeting academic standards for progress. Completion of the FAFSA or the E-HOPE, which is located on the HOPE Scholarship website, is required. The HOPE website is http://www.GSFC.org/. One of these applications must be completed before your eligibility may be determined and your HOPE awarded.

 

Freshman HOPE candidates must meet the following qualifications:


• Legal residency of the state of Georgia
• 1993 or later graduation from an eligible high school
• High school graduation with a 3.0 grade point average or higher in the core curriculum
• No felony drug conviction
• Selective Service registration, if applicable

HOPE Scholarship recipients will have an academic review when they attain 30, 60, and 90 semester hours to ensure they are still maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. A HOPE grade point average will often differ from a cumulative East Georgia State College grade point average. HOPE considers ALL attempted semester hours from all colleges and universities attended to compute the HOPE grade point average. Applicable learning support classes are also included. If the student has not earned a 3.0, the student will lose their scholarship until the next checkpoint. At that time, if the student has a 3.0 grade point average, they will qualify for HOPE again. All students may earn the HOPE Scholarship at the 30, 60, or 90 semester hour checkpoints if they meet the following criteria:

• Legal residency in the state of Georgia at the time the student first applied to any Georgia technical, public, or private college or university.
• 30, 60, or 90 attempted semester hours
• A 3.0 grade point average for all attempted hours from all colleges or universities
• Not in default with a federal student loan
• No felony drug conviction
• Selective Service registration, if applicable

 

End-of-Spring Checkpoint

HOPE Scholarship End-of-Spring Checkpoint – Effective Spring 2005

• All HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of each spring term in order to continue their eligibility except for Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms in a row. (See “Three-Term Checkpoint”.)
• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint but cannot be gained or regained at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint.
• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint but then regained at a future Attempted-Hours Checkpoint.
   HOPE Scholarship Three-Term Checkpoint – Effective Spring 2005
• This checkpoint only applies to Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms in a row.
• Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms, and only these students, must have a 3.0 GPA in order to continue their eligibility.
• After the Three-Term Checkpoint is applied once to a student, the End-of-Spring Checkpoints must be applied to that student regardless of the number of hours enrolled each term.
• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at the Three-Term Checkpoint but cannot be gained or regained at the Three-Term Checkpoint.
• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at a Three-Term Checkpoint but then regained at a future Attempted-Hours Checkpoint.
• The Three-Term Checkpoint is not applied if the recipient enrolls for 12 or more hours for the third term.


Students may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship until they reach 127 attempted semester hours.

HOPE grants may be obtained for certificate programs. The student must apply by completing the FAFSA or the E-HOPE application on the HOPE Scholarship website. If the student is a Georgia resident, registered with selective service, and advancing in the certificate program, they may qualify.

HOPE Scholarship recipients attending East Georgia State College as a transient student should contact their home institution financial aid office for necessary paperwork and instruction.

 

 

Zell Miller Scholarship Program

If you first entered an eligible post-secondary institution between 2007 and 2010 and met the academic requirements to be a Zell Miller Scholar at the time you graduated from high school, you may be eligible to become a Zell Miller Scholar now.
 

A student who graduated from high school, completed a home study program, or received his or her GED, and who first entered an eligible post-secondary institution between 2007 and 2010 may be eligible to become a Zell Miller Scholar now.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Have graduated from an eligible high school or completed an eligible home study program with a 3.7 HOPE GPA and have earned a 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration, prior to high school graduation or home study completion, or
  • Been named the Valedictorian or Salutatorian by his or her eligible high school, or
  • Have completed an ineligible home study program, but having received a 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration, prior to the date of home study completion and having earned a 3.3 cumulative college GPA after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework; and
  • Have had a 3.3 cumulative college GPA at the student's most recent checkpoint, and
  • Meet all other Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility requirements.

 

 

ACCEL Program

Program Type

Non-Need Based Grant

Purpose

The Accel program is for students at eligible high schools that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Eligible students must meet certain criteria, explained below. The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms of the school year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the ACCEL program, a student must:

  1. Be a high school student seeking a high school diploma from a public or private secondary educational institution, including unaccredited home study or home school programs;
  2. Be enrolled in an eligible college or university or public technical college as a dual credit student taking approved college degree-level coursework
  3. Meet U.S. citizenship requirements, as explained in the ACCEL program regulations;
  4. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  5. Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund on any student financial aid program;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;

Award Amount
Students that meet all eligibility requirements receive an ACCEL award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition. Students attending private colleges or universities receive an ACCEL award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, based on the number of hours of enrollment.  To determine your ACCEL award amount, please review this
chart.

Course Directory
Upon choosing a Georgia eligible postsecondary institution to attend select college equivalent courses from the ACCEL course listing found here:
Approved Core Courses for the ACCEL Program.

 

Application Procedure

Students who attend an eligible high school that doesn't have access to transmit transcripts electronically or participate in the GAMES Academy or the Advanced Academy of Georgia must complete the paper ACCEL application  .
Students who attend an eligible high school which has access to transmit electronically should complete the online ACCEL Program Application.
 

Impact on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility

• All hours paid for by the ACCEL program through Spring term 2011 will be included in the combined paid-hours limit of 127 semester/190 quarter hours, which includes payments from the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE   Grant, and ACCEL programs.
• Hours taken and paid for by the ACCEL program beginning in Fall 2011 will not be counted in the combined paid-hours limit for HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, and HOPE Grant.
• Once a student has reached the combined paid-hours limit of 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours for payment received from a combination of ACCEL, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship or HOPE Grant programs, that student is no  longer eligible to continue to receive payment.

 

HOPE GED Grant

Georgia's HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993.

The grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books or other educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public or private college or university. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma. For more information, please review the HOPE GED Grant regulations.

All four HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements.

An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Meet enrollment requirements;
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
  5. Meet academic achievement standards required by the program or the college;
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program.

 

Public Safety Memorial Grant

Program Type

Non-Need Based Grant

Purpose

Provides grant funds to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Funds may be used towards the cost of attendance at eligible colleges, universities, or technical colleges in Georgia.


Eligibility

  1. Be the dependent child of a Georgia Public Safety Officer who was permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty;
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S. or have evidence from INS of eligible permanent resident alien status;
  3. Be a legal resident of Georgia 12 months prior to receiving aid;
  4. Be enrolled in a Georgia public or private college, university or technical college as a full-time (12 hours) undergraduate and or graduate student seeking a college degree or technical certificate/diploma;
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the college.
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program;

Value

Recipients receive an award that covers their total cost of attendance, minus any other student financial aid, at an eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia, not to exceed $18,000 per award year.
 

Application Procedure

If you believe you are eligible to receive the Public Safety Memorial Grant (PSMG), the following information will assist you:

  1. Complete a Public Safety Memorial Grant application by filling out the paper application. Click Application for the link.
  2. Once you have completed the application, your college will certify your eligibility to GSFC.
  3. You will be asked to submit documentation regarding the accident or incident resulting in death or disability to GSFC.
  4. GSFC will notify you when processing is complete and the award is being made.
  5. You must reapply each year.

Other Information

Recipients are eligible to receive payment for a maximum of eight semesters or 12 quarters of undergraduate study.

 

Georgia's HERO Scholarship Program

Program Type

Non-need Based Scholarship

Purpose

To provide educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones, and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Georgia's HERO Scholarship, you must meet the requirements of one of the following four categories:

  1.  Be an active member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who is a Georgia resident and was deployed outside the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries.
  2.  Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  3. Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100% disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  4. Be the spouse of a former member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who was a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100% disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone.

Award Amount

Eligible recipients may receive up to $2,000 per academic school year. Award amounts are prorated for school terms in which recipients are enrolled for less than full time (12 hours).

Students who meet the above eligibility requirements in categories 1, 3 or 4 may receive up to $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.

Students who meet the above eligibility requirements in category 2 may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for each qualifying term of service of at least 181 cumulative days, or for a qualifying term of service of less than 181 cumulative days if the parent was evacuated because of severe injuries.

Students in category 2 gain eligibility for $2,000 per qualifying term of service, for a maximum of four qualifying terms of service, not to exceed a total of $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.


Approved Institutions

Recipients must attend an institution that is a unit of the University System of Georgia, or the Technical College System of Georgia, or an eligible private/independent college or university in Georgia.

View a list of HERO eligible institutions.


Application Procedure

Applicants must file an application for the initial HERO Scholarship award no later than two years after gaining eligibility.  A renewal application must be completed each academic  year.

Download a HERO application.