This depends on the application you choose to complete. If you are ONLY interested in receiving the Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller 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.
Grades that are not counted in your Zell Miller Scholarship GPA are S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory), IP (In Progress), or W (Withdrawn).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 Zell Miller Scholarship GPA calculation; however, when a grade is assigned, your Zell Miller Scholarship GPA will be re-calculated and your eligibility will be retroactive according to the outcome.
If you are currently NOT receiving Zell Miller Scholarship and are interested in having your GPA calculated, you may contact our office at 478-445-5149.
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.
Yes. All appeals or exceptions must be submitted in writing to Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the state agency that administers the HOPE Scholarship program. GSFC must receive your appeal within 45 days of your denial of HOPE Scholarship from Georgia College. Address this appeal to:
Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office at 478-445-5149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.