HOPE SCHOLARSHIP (HELPING OUTSTANDING PUPILS EDUCATIONALLY)
At the time of this publication, House Bill (HB) 326, which includes significant changes to the HOPE program, has been signed by the Governor. However, regulations have not been released. It is anticipated that final regulations will be available late Spring or early Summer. Therefore, the below information has not been revised. Please refer to our official website (www.gcsu.edu/financialaid) for HOPE updates.
HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery for education and is available to eligible Georgia residents. HOPE covers the cost of tuition, some fees, and a book allowance. Students may not receive HOPE after attempting 127 semester hours.
- Georgia resident as defined in state-mandated regulations.
- Grade point eligibility for entering freshmen is based on a final high school grade point average of 3.0 or better as reported by the high school and determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).
- Regardless of high school graduation or high school grade point average, students may be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average while in college. The grade point average is reviewed at the 30th, 60th, and 90th attempted semester hour, and also at the end of each Spring Semester. This covers all prior colleges attended as well as Georgia College.
- Students, who lose the HOPE Scholarship due to grade point average dropping below a 3.0, are eligible to be reevaluated at the 30th, 60th or 90th attempted semester hour, provided their cumulative grade point average is a 3.0.
- Full-time enrollment is not a requirement.
Students who have any questions may contact the Financial Aid Office at (478) 445-5149 or 1 (800) 342-0471 or contact the GSFC at 1-800-505-4732.