This depends on the application you choose to complete. If you are ONLY interested in receiving the HOPE Scholarship you may complete the GSFApps at www.GAfutures.org. This is a one-time application so there is no need to reapply each year. If you complete the GSFApps after your freshman year, please contact our office to ensure we have been successful in accessing your application.
If you are interested in other types of financial aid (i.e., PELL Grant and Stafford Loans) in addition to the HOPE Scholarship, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.FAFSA.gov after October 1st each year for the upcoming academic year which begins each Fall semester. Remember that the FAFSA application process must be completed no later than July 1st each year in order to have funds available by the Fall semester payment deadline which is typically in early August.
You may complete both applications and we actually encourage you to do this. This will allow us to have your HOPE Scholarship available immediately after the Spring semester ends even if you have not completed your FAFSA to apply for other types of federal aid programs.
These GPAs could be the same or could be different. Your HOPE GPA will count all grades for courses taken after high school graduation. This includes both grades when retaking a course, grades for non-credit coursework and all transfer grades (even if courses are not accepted at Georgia College or paid for by HOPE). In addition, any Learning Support/Developmental courses taken prior to Fall semester 2011 are counted if a letter grade is assigned.
Grades that are not counted in your HOPE GPA are S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory), IP (In Progress), or W (Withdrawn). Also, grades for courses taken prior to high school graduation such as joint enrollment, CLEP or AP credit are not counted. If you receive an "I" (Incomplete) in a course, this is temporary. Initially, the "I" will not be counted in your HOPE GPA calculation; however, when a grade is assigned, your HOPE GPA will be re-calculated and your eligibility will be retroactive according to the outcome.
If you are currently NOT receiving HOPE Scholarship and are interested in having your GPA calculated, you may contact our office at 478-445-5149.
In addition to the Attempted-Hours limit, there is also a Paid-Hours limit to receive your HOPE Scholarship. All hours that you received payment from your HOPE Scholarship, as well as any hours that you may have been paid from the Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant (Summer 2003 and forward) and Accel (through Spring 2011), are included in calculating your total combined Paid-Hours. You are eligible for a combined payment for a maximum of 127 semester hours. Once you reach either the Attempted-Hours OR Paid-Hours maximum, you will no longer be eligible to receive your HOPE Scholarship. Effective Fall 2011, this 127 maximum is “firm”. In other words, if you are enrolled for a term in which you reach this maximum you will only receive payment for the hours up to 127. For example, if you are at 120 combined Paid-Hours for Fall 2011 and are enrolled in 12 hours, your HOPE Scholarship payment will be for the remaining 7 hours of eligibility.
Note: Accel pays for college classes taken while enrolled in high school and was funded by the Georgia Lottery through Spring 2011. Effective Fall 2011, this program still exists but is no longer funded by the lottery. HOPE Grant is a program that pays for courses taken in non-degree programs (certificate and diploma programs) which are predominately offered at Technical colleges.
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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office at 478-445-5149 or firstname.lastname@example.org