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Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program Overview

Overview

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible postsecondary institution located in Georgia.

 

 

HOPE Specific Eligibility

To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:

Meet one of the following academic requirements:

    1. Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school with a 3.0 using the HOPE grade point average calculation. For more details, click here.
 

  • Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 using the HOPE grade point average calculation. For more details, click here.
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible home study program, or earn a GED, on or after July 1, 2014 and score in the national composite 80th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT prior to graduation, home study completion date or GED test date. For more details, click here.
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. For more details, click here.
  • Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status. For more details, click here.

    2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a public or private HOPE eligible college and university in Georgia.
 

    3. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.
 

AND:

 

State Programs Eligibility

  1. Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college;
  5. Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program;
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.


Award Amounts

Please review the HOPE Scholarship Award Chart to determine your scholarship award amount.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible public college or university receive a HOPE award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible private college or university receive a HOPE award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a half-time or full-time enrollment status.

 

Award Limits


A college degree-seeking student is ineligible for the HOPE Scholarship if he or she has:

  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, HOPE or Zell Miller Grants, and Accel (through Spring term 2011) Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit; or
  • Attempted 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of college degree credit, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while attempting the hours; or
  • Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree, or
  • Reached the seven year expiration of eligibility date. Click here for more information.

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.

 

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program Overview

Overview

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a Zell Miller eligible college located in Georgia.

 

 

Zell Miller Specific Eligibility


To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and:

    1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Graduate from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or the salutatorian. Click here for more information.
     
  • Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
     
  • Complete an eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
     
  • Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration, and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This option allows retroactive payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. Click here for more information.
     
  • Enroll in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and earn a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent Zell Miller Scholarship checkpoint. Click here for more information.
     

    2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a Zell Miller eligible college or university  in Georgia.
 

    3. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.


AND:


State Programs Eligibility

  1. Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirement.
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia.
  3. Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  5. Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program.
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.


Award Amounts


Please review the Zell Miller Award Chart  to determine your scholarship award amount.

The Zell Miller Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific hours of enrollment.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements, and are attending an eligible public college or university, receive a Zell Miller award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending private colleges or universities, receive a Zell Miller award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a half-time or full-time enrollment status.

 

Award Limits


A college degree-seeking student is ineligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship if the student has:

  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, HOPE or Zell Miller Grants, and Accel Program (through spring term 2011) funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit; or
  • Attempted 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of college degree credit, regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received while attempting the hours; or
  • Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received while earning the degree; or
  • Reached the seven year expiration of eligibility date. Click here for more information.

 

 

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.