2019-2020 Catalog

HOPE Scholarship Programs

The HOPE Scholarship Programs are administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) and consist of the Zell Miller Scholarship and HOPE Scholarship for degree programs and HOPE Grant for diploma and certificate programs. Effective fall semester 2011, the HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant will pay a percentage called a factor rate of the prior year tuition amount. This amount can change from year to year. Brief summaries of each program are listed below. For full descriptions of each program, visit the Financial Aid Office.

HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is a state funded program available for students who are working toward a degree program. The student must be a Georgia resident and considered a HOPE Scholar. A HOPE Scholar is a 1993 or later high school graduate with a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) from high school. The high schools will notify GSFC of students who qualify. A student who did not graduate as a HOPE Scholar can become a HOPE Scholar after attempting 30/45, 60/90, or 90/135 semester/quarter hours with a 3.0 or better GPA.

To continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship, degree students must maintain a 3.0 GPA at each check point. The student’s GPA will be checked after the student has attempted 30, 60 and 90 semester hours and at the end of each spring term. First-year scholars (less than 30 hours) who attend less than full time will be checked at the end of the third term. There is a maximum number of hours that a student can attempt, which is 127 semester hours.

The HOPE Scholarship will no longer pay any amounts toward fees and books. GSFC has implemented a 7-year rule. Students who received HOPE Scholarship prior to Summer Term 2011, are eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship until June 30, 2099, regardless of high school graduation date. First time HOPE Scholarship recipients Summer Quarter 2011 or later are bound by the 7-year rule. Students who had not received a HOPE Scholarship award prior to Summer Term 2011, an expiration date will be set for each student as June 30th of the 7th academic year following his or her high school graduation. For students that graduated from a home school program or received a GED, the date of the student’s home school completion/graduate or GED test date will be used as the basis for determining the 7-year expiration date. Students can lose and regain eligibility once beginning Fall Term 2011. Any previous gains/losses prior to Fall Term 2011 will not apply.

Zell Miller Scholarship

A student who graduated high school with a 3.7 or higher GPA and with SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26 on a single administered test is eligible. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian from a high school graduating class are considered automatically eligible, regardless of GPA/SAT/ACT.

Current students must meet the GPA/SAT/ACT requirement from high school and have at least a 3.3 GPA at the 30, 60 or 90 semester hour check point of their college coursework.

HOPE/Zell Miller Grant

HOPE/Zell Miller Grant is a state funded program available for students who are working toward a diploma or certificate program. The student must be a Georgia resident.

HOPE/Zell Miller Grant will no longer pay fees or book amounts. Students must maintain a 2.0 HOPE Grant GPA to receive the HOPE Grant. If the student is able to meet and maintain a 3.5 HOPE Grant GPA the student will receive the Zell Miller Grant, which pays 100% tuition for most programs. A HOPE/Zell Miller Grant recipient will have their GPA checked at the 30 and 60 credit hour check points. A student can lose the Zell Miller Grant by dropping below a 3.5 but will receive the HOPE Grant if the GPA is still at or above a 2.0. Students cannot receive both HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant in the same semester. The HOPE/Zell Miller CAP of 63 semester hours will apply to all programs.