HOPE Scholarship **Students must graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.0 GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) for a college prep diploma or a 3.2 for a career tech diploma. Students graduating under the single diploma type must have a 3.0 GPA as calculated by GSFC. **Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college. **If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in college, they may only regain the HOPE Scholarship one time. **The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for remedial or developmental courses. **A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship until the first of these events:
The student has earned a bachelor’s degree or first professional degree.
The student has attempted a total of 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours at any postsecondary institution.
The student has received a total combined payment for 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours from the HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant or Accel program (Accel payments made beginning with Fall 2011 term are excluded from the 127 hour cap).
Beginning with those students receiving HOPE for the first time on or after July 1, 2011, seven years have passed from a student’s graduation from high school or the equivalent. EXCEPTION: Time actively serving in the military will be credited back to the seven years.
**The HOPE Scholarship will pay:
At an eligible public postsecondary institution, the award amount will be a percentage of the immediately preceding year’s HOPE Award Amount (view the chart on GAcollege411.org to find the award amount).
At an eligible private postsecondary institution, the award amount for full-time enrollment is $1,800 per semester or $1,200 per quarter. Students enrolled at half-time status receive $900 per semester or $600 per quarter.
HOPE Grant Program **Only available for students seeking a certificate or diploma at a branch of the Technical College System of Georgia or a unit of the University System of Georgia. **Students must meet achievement standards by earning a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of the semester or quarter in which the student has attempted 30 or 60 semester hours or 45 or 90 quarter hours of courses towards a diploma or certificate for which the student received HOPE Grant funds. **HOPE Grant will pay:
A percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year (view the chart on GAcollege411.org to find the award amount).
**No students with a bachelor’s degree can receive the HOPE Grant.
Zell Miller Scholarship Program Students are eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship program: **As an incoming freshman, at least one of the following must apply:
Having graduated from an eligible high school with a grade point average of at least 3.7 as calculated by GSFC and having received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single national administration of the SAT or an ACT score of at least 26.
Having graduated from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian.
**A student must maintain a 3.3 grade point average in college. If the student falls below a 3.3 grade point average, they remain eligible for the regular HOPE Scholarship if the student’s GPA is still a 3.0 or above. **A student meeting the requirements to be a Zell Miller Scholar must also meet all the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar. **If a student loses eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship program for any reason, they may regain eligibility one time. **The Zell Miller Scholarship Program will pay:
At an eligible public postsecondary institution, 100% of the standard tuition charges (view the chart on GAcollege411.org to find the award amount).
At an eligible private postsecondary institution, the award amount for full-time enrollment is $2,000 per semester or $1,333 per quarter. Students enrolled at least half-time receive $1,000 per semester or $666 per quarter.
**In order to qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must request that their official SAT/ACT scores be sent to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). SATscores can be sent from your account onwww.collegeboard.org using the GSFC code of 0472. ACT will only send scores to colleges and universities – not to the GSFC – therefore students must request an official copy of their scores be mailed to them and then forward that sealed copy to GSFC at the address listed below: 2082 East Exchange Place Tucker, GA 30084.
Rigor Requirements Students who graduate from an eligible high school on or after May 1, 2016, must pass three courses from the following types of courses:
Advanced Placement (AP) in core subjects
International Baccalaureate (IB) in core subjects
Core subjects taken at a University System of Georgia (USG) Institution
Advanced Foreign Language
Students graduating on or after May 1, 2017 must pass four courses from the above list.