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Zell Miller Scholarship

Zell Miller Scholarship pays full standard tuition for students who earned a 3.7 GPA (un-weighted) for all academic high school classes and earned at least a 1200 in one sitting on the Math and Verbal section of the SAT or at least a 26 on the ACT. Students who are Valedictorian or Salutatorian of their class are automatically eligible for Zell Miller Scholarship.

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 Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller Scholarship MUST contact the Financial Aid Office PRIOR to the last day of the semester that he/she is seeking potential payment from the Zell Miller 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 they are seeking payment if they have not been awarded these funds.  This policy is necessary due to imposed state-mandated deadlines for universities to finalize reconciliation of all payments.


Zell Miller Scholarship Check-Points for Continued Eligibility

Students are evaluated to insure they attained a 3.3 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 checkpoint.

If the student does not maintain the 3.3 GPA requirement, but does have at least a 3.0 GPA, the student can be reviewed for HOPE Scholarship (see HOPE Scholarship information).

Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller Scholarship for up to 127 attempted or paid hours, whichever is reached first.

Students are not eligible to receive Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant and, the Accel program (through Spring 2011) are included in calculating the total Paid hours.

A student may receive Zell Miller Scholarship until 7 years after his/her high school graduation date, Home Study program completion date, or date the student stopped pursuing a diploma.

Zell Miller Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

Zell Miller 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)

Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller GPA may not be reflected on the student's official transcript.

Second Chance to Regain Zell Miller Scholarship

Students who lose Zell Miller Scholarship after 30 attempted hours or an End-of-Spring check-point may regain eligibility if they have a 3.3 GPA at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.  A student can lose and regain Zell Miller Scholarship ONLY ONE time. If the student does not maintain the 3.3 GPA, but does have a 3.0 or higher GPA, the student can be reviewed for HOPE Scholarship (see HOPE Scholarship information).

Non-Traditional Students

Students are eligible to receive Zell Miller Scholarship until 7 years from the date of the student’s high school graduation or home study completion. This expiration date will be June 30 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 Q & A
How to Maintain the Zell Miller Scholarship
The official HOPE website

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


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