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HOPE Programs

Effective Fall Semester 2011


Students do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive the HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship or Zell Miller Scholarship.


HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant is available to students regardless of high school graduation date who are pursuing a certificate or diploma program. Students who are pursuing an associate degree or a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the HOPE Grant. To be eligible for the HOPE Grant, you must:

  • be a legal Georgia resident
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  • be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program
  • not have obtained a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent
  • be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  • not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college
  • have maintained at least a 3.0 HOPE grade point average at the 30th and 60th hour checkpoints.

HOPE Scholarship

HOPE Scholarship for Freshman

To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship as a freshman student, you must:

  • have graduated from a Georgia High School in 1993 or thereafter with at least a 3.0 grade point average for college preparatory diploma or a 3.2 grade point average for other diploma types
  • be a legal Georgia resident
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program
  • not have obtained a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  • be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  • not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

HOPE Scholarship for Transfer/Returning Students

To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship as a transfer/returning student, you must:

  • have maintained at least a 3.0 HOPE grade point average at the End-of-Spring checkpoint AND the 30th, 60th, or 90th attempted hour including all college/university attempted hours
  • be a legal Georgia resident
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program
  • not have obtained a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  • be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  • not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

Students who have attempted 127 hours or more (including all college/university credit hours), OR who have already completed a baccalaureate (four-year) degree are not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant.


Zell Miller Scholarship

To be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, you must have graduated from an eligible Georgia high school and meet ONE of the following academic requirements:

  • graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian. These students are eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or ACT/SAT requirements OR
  • graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 GPA combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or at least a 26 composite ACT score in a single test administration OR
  • Complete a HOPE 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 test or at least a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration OR
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 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, and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after high school graduation or home study completion. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken OR
  • Have first enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution between 2007 and 2010, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint.

Zell Miller Scholarship Award Guidelines:

  • Percentage for academic year 2011-2012 will be 100% of the standard tuition rate charged in 2010-2011.
  • No Book Allowances
  • No payment of Mandatory Fees
  • Remedial classes are not covered by the Zell Miller Scholarship.

You must also:

  • be a legal Georgia resident
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program
  • not have obtained a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  • be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  • not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  • maintain a 3.3 GPA in college