The HOPE Scholarship program is for students that AWARD AMOUNTS apply for HOPE two ways: complete the Free Application for science and social studies coursework in the career/
have demonstrated academic achievement and that are Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using either the paper application technical curriculum.
seeking a college-level degree. There are several ways Scholarship Award Amounts or electronic application or complete the online GSFAPPS
The HOPE Scholarship award amount covers tuition, HOPE – All English, math, science, social studies and foreign
to become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, either by application. At a private college or university, you will need to language (foreign language is part of the college prep
graduating from high school as a HOPE Scholar or by approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $300 per complete the GSFAPPS application.
academic year at a public college or university. At a private college curriculum) coursework attempted in the student’s
earning it while in college. high school career (grades 9-12) will be counted
or university, the HOPE Scholarship award is $4,000 per academic Both applications can be found at www.GAcollege411.org.
The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking Completing the FAFSA will enable the college to consider you toward the HOPE Scholarship cumulative GPA, and
year if you are a full time student (12 hours or more). If you enroll
a technical certificate or diploma, regardless of the for other financial aid programs in addition to HOPE. Some unweighted numeric grades will be converted to the
as a half-time student (6-11 hours), you may receive an award of
student’s high school grade point average or colleges also require the student to complete the school’s financial 4.0 scale.
$2,000 per year.
graduation date. aid application. Contact the college financial aid office for more You are also eligible as an entering freshman if you
The HOPE GED Grant is available to students who Grant Award Amounts information. earned a General Education Development (GED)
earned a General Education Development (GED/high The HOPE Grant covers tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees,
certificate, completed an ineligible home study
school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical and a book allowance of up to $300 per academic year at a Georgia HOPE GED Grant
program, or graduated from an ineligible high
public technical college or public college or university. A HOPE GED Voucher is automatically mailed to recipients along
College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993. school, and you scored in the 85th percentile or
with their GED diploma. The voucher may be submitted to a
HOPE GED Grant Amount HOPE-eligible college or university at the time of enrollment.
higher on a standardized college admission test, such
General Program Requirements The HOPE GED Grant amount is a one-time $500 HOPE as the SAT or ACT.
award. This award can be used toward tuition, books and other If you completed an ineligible home school program
ELIGIBILITY educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public APPLICATION DEADLINES or did not graduate from an eligible high school, you
or private college or university in a degree, diploma or certificate Your must complete the HOPE application process by one of these may retroactively receive the HOPE Scholarship for
All three HOPE programs require students to meet basic
requirements. An eligible student must: program. two dates, whichever occurs first: the first 30 semester or 45 quarter hours attempted
at any eligible Georgia public or private college,
The last day of the academic term, or
1. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
AWARD LIMITS Before your withdrawal date for the academic term.
university or public technical college, if you have
earned a 3.0 postsecondary GPA and met all other
2. Meet academic achievement standards required by
As a college degree-seeking student, you will become ineligible requirements.
the program or the college; If you do not complete the HOPE process by the deadline, you will
for the HOPE Scholarship once you have:
3. Be registered with the Selective Service, if required; not receive HOPE payment for that academic term. Contact the Students enrolling in the ninth grade for the first time
Received payment from any combination of HOPE Office of Financial Aid at your college or university for additional during the 2008-2009 school year and after will need
4. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Scholarship, HOPE Grant and Accel Program funds totaling information regarding application deadline dates for the HOPE a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all English, math, science,
Postecondary Education Act of 1990; 127 semester hours (190 quarter hours) of credit; or Program. social studies and foreign language course work
5. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen Attempted 127 semester hours (190 quarter hours) of college taken during the student’s 9-12 grades. Although
6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other
degree credit, regardless of whether HOPE funds were
received while attempting the hours; or
Specific Program Requirements foreign language credits will not be required for
student’s high school graduation, the foreign
financial aid programs; language courses taken by a student will be included
7. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for
Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) college degree, regardless
of whether HOPE funds were received while earning the
ADDITIONAL HOPE SCHOLARSHIP in the calculation formula used to determine HOPE
any HOPE program; degree. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship eligibility.
8. Meet enrollment requirements; and If you graduated from high school before the HOPE
The award limits for the HOPE Grant are on our web site at To be eligible as an entering freshman, you must have or meet the
Scholarship and Grant Program began in 1993, or if
9. Attend an eligible Georgia school. www.GAcollege411.org. following qualifications:
you were not academically eligible immediately after
All of the University System of Georgia, Techni- All students entering the scholarship program as freshmen high school graduation, you may become eligible
cal College System of Georgia and many of the APPLYING FOR THE HOPE must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 for a HOPE Scholarship if you enroll at an eligible
private and proprietary Georgia colleges and scale for all English, math, science, social studies and foreign college or university and earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA
universities are eligible for the HOPE program. PROGRAM language coursework in the college preparatory curriculum at a HOPE checkpoint of 30 semester (45 quarter)
The listing of eligible schools can be found at HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant (CPC); or hours, 60 semester (90 quarter) hours or 90 semester
GAcollege411.org on the Financial Aid Planning At a public college, university or technical college, you may Earn a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for all English, math, (135 quarter) hours attempted. The scholarship is not
tab under the HOPE Program information. retroactive.
HOPE - Helping
Expand Your Opportunities
The HOPE Program has established certain eligibility Outstanding Pupils
checkpoints. At these checkpoints you must have a 3.0
cumulative GPA to renew your HOPE Scholarship. Educationally
The first checkpoint occurs after you have attempted
30 semester hours (45 quarter hours), and at the end of
every Spring term for full-time students; or at the end of HOPE is Georgia’s unique
the first three enrolled terms if you are enrolled as a less-
than-full-time student. The second eligibility checkpoint scholarship and grant program
occurs after you have attempted 60 semester (90 quarter)
hours, and at the end of each Spring term. The third that rewards students with
eligibility checkpoint occurs after you have attempted
90 semester (135 quarter) hours, and at the end of each financial assistance in degree,
diploma, and certificate programs
at eligible Georgia public and
More information on the HOPE Program is available private colleges and universities
at www.GAcollege411.org. Also, you may call toll-free
in Georgia at 1-800-505-GSFC (4732). If you are in the and public technical colleges.
Metro Atlanta area, call (770) 724-9000.
The financial aid office at the college, university,
or technical college you plan to attend can provide The HOPE Program is funded
information about residency determination and
coursework eligible for HOPE assistance. Please
contact them directly. Georgia’s HOPE entirely by the Georgia Lottery
for Education. Since the HOPE
HOPE - Helping Outstanding Program Program began in 1993, over
Pupils Educationally $5.3 billion in HOPE funds have
The Georgia Student Finance Commission is a State of Georgia agency.
The HOPE Program is paid for by the Georgia Lottery for Education. 2010-2011 Academic Year
been awarded to more than
1.2 million students attending
Georgia’s colleges, universities,
and technical colleges.
2082 East Exchange Place - Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 724-9000 or 1-800-505-4732
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