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HOPE Scholarship

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally

HOPE Scholarship provides students with state funds for tuition. The tuition award amount is determined annually by the Georgia Student Finance Commission as a "per credit hour rate" which is published on their website.

EFFECTIVE SUMMER 2013 for Recipients that choose to apply for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship using the GSFAPPS (instead of the FAFSA):  As mandated by Georgia Verification of Lawful Presence (O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1), documents may be required to receive Georgia State Scholarships & Grants.  Students that will need to submit documents will be notified via their on-line Financial Aid Award notification. Click here to view acceptable documentation to satisfy this requirement. (pdf)

The deadline to be reviewed for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarships is the last day of class for the semester which the student is seeking payment from these funds.  Students who think they may be eligible for HOPE Scholarship MUST contact the Financial Aid Office PRIOR to the last day of the semester that they are seeking potential payment from the HOPE Scholarship Program. Please be aware that the GC Financial Aid office makes every effort to identify possible candidates based on academic history, but it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a review of their eligibility prior to the end of the semester he/she is seeking payment if he/she have not been awarded these funds. This policy is necessary due to imposed state-mandated deadlines for universities to finalize reconciliation of all payments.

HOPE Check-Points for Continued Eligibility

Students are evaluated to insure he/she attained a 3.0 GPA at the following checkpoints:

30 attempted semester hours
60 attempted semester hours
90 attempted semester hours
At the end of every Spring Semester
(except for beginning Freshmen enrolled below full-time)

NOTE: Students can only lose their eligibility at the End-of-Spring check point. To regain eligibility, students must be at 30, 60 or 90 attempted hours.

HOPE attempted hours include: All regular coursework attempted after high school graduation, non-credit course work (LSS and Regents), all attempted transfer coursework, withdrawals, and dropped courses.


Limit of Eligibility

Students are eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship for up to 127 attempted or paid hours, whichever is reached first.

Students are not eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship funds if they have attempted 127 semester hours or more or have earned a baccalaureate degree.

Students are eligible for a combined payment maximum of 127 semester hours. Hours for which students received payment from the Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant ,and the Accel program (through Spring 2011) are included in calculating the total Paid hours.

A student who has received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer 2011, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30, 2015, as long as the student continues to meet all other eligibility requirements.

A student who did not receive HOPE Scholarship prior to Summer 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until 7 years after his/her high school graduation date, GED test date, Home Study program completion date, or date the student stopped pursuing a diploma.


HOPE Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

HOPE GPA includes:

All earned grades (including both grades when a course is repeated)
Grades for non-credit coursework when given
Grades from all transfer work (even if courses are not accepted at GC)


HOPE GPA does not include:

Grades given of S, U, IP, W
Grades earned in college courses prior to high school graduation
Grades earned by examination (i.e., AP credit and CLEP)
Note: In some instances, the HOPE GPA may not be reflected on the student's official transcript.


Second Chance to Regain HOPE

Students who lose the HOPE Scholarship after 30 attempted hours or an End-of-Spring check-point may regain eligibility if they have a 3.0 GPA at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.


Non-Traditional Students

Students who graduated from high school prior to 1993 or who were not HOPE eligible upon high school graduation may become eligible for HOPE if he/she has a 3.0 GPA at the point of attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours.  Students are eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship until 7 years from the date of the student’s high school graduation, home study completion, or successful GED test. This eligibility expiration date will be June 30th of the seventh academic year. Please note:  The only exception to the 7 year eligibility limit are students who received HOPE Scholarship prior to Fall semester 2011. These students eligibility will expire on June 30, 2015.


For More Details
The Georgia College HOPE Guide Q & A

How to Maintain the HOPE Scholarship
The official HOPE website


If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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