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How It Works

The HOPE Grant

HOPE Grant Awards

The HOPE Scholarship For Recent High School Graduates

THE HOPE Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

HOPE Scholarship Renewal

HOPE Scholarship Awards

How to Apply



If you have any questions concerning the HOPE Scholarship, call HOPE at 770/724-9030 in the Metro Atlanta area, or toll free at 1-800/546-HOPE



Please contact the financial aid office at the technical college you are planning to attend for information on tuition costs and residency determination.


HOPE Scholarship Program
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 100
Tucker, Georgia 30084


Photo of Former Governor Zell Miller

Our great state is striding toward the new millennium . . . and the HOPE Scholarship will be there in the year 2000 for every Georgia student who works hard to prepare for the future."

- Former Governor
Zell Miller

 

 

Helping Outstanding
Pupils Educationally

The HOPE Scholarship is Georgia's unique and nationally recognized program for helping its students succeed. Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) is former Governor Zell Miller's educational program to reward students who have earned good grades by helping with the expense of continuing their education after they graduate from high school.

HOPE may be used at public technical colleges and eligible public or private colleges and universities in Georgia. The program is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education which began in 1993.

How It Works
You may receive HOPE assistance if you enroll at an eligible Georgia public technical college. The HOPE Grant is awarded for study leading to a certificate or diploma. Many technical colleges offer two-year degree programs as well. The HOPE Scholarship is awarded to students in degree programs, who must meet different qualifications than students earning a certificate or diploma.

The HOPE Grant
Georgia residents who are attending a Georgia public technical college to earn a certificate or diploma are eligible for a HOPE Grant regardless of high school graduation date or grade average. You may receive the Hope Grant for an unlimited number of programs that qualify under the guidelines.

Full-time enrollment is not required, but you must be making satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility. You are not required to maintain a "B" average to renew your HOPE Grant.

HOPE Grant Awards
The HOPE Grant covers tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $100 per quarter.

The HOPE Scholarship for Recent High School Graduates
If you are a recent high school graduate and wish to receive the HOPE Scholarship for a degree program at a technical college, you must meet the same qualifications as a student seeking a degree at one of Georgia's public or private colleges or universities. To be eligible as a first-year student, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of Georgia

  • Be a 1993 or later graduate of an eligible high school

  • Earn a "B" average in high school (a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or 80 numeric grade average, meeting the college preparatory track; if you are in the technical curriculum track, you must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or 85 numeric grade average, meeting the curriculum requirements.)

Students who graduate from high school in the year 2000 and thereafter will be required to earn a "B" average in their core-curriculum subjects. Students must also graduate meeting the curriculum requirements in their program of study. Check with your high school guidance counselor for more information on the core-curriculum requirements.

The HOPE Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
If you graduated from high school prior to 1993, you may be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship for a degree program at a technical college. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of Georgia

  • Have maintained the 3.0 HOPE cumulative grade point average after the quarter in which you have attempted 45 hours of degree credit. (Note: all attempted degree credit and coursework converted to degree credit after high school graduation is used to determine your eligibility.)

  • Not have already earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree or have attempted more than 190 quarter hours (127 semester hours) of college credit.

HOPE Scholarship Renewal
You may renew the scholarship each year. To do so, you must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for all coursework attempted (not just coursework completed).

  • Reapply for the scholarship by completing the approved forms as designated by the financial aid office at the technical college you attend.

  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.

College hours and grades attempted prior to high school graduation are not used in calculating your total hours attempted and cumulative grade point average to renew HOPE

HOPE Scholarship Awards
The HOPE Scholarship includes tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $100 per quarter. Full-time enrollment is not required.

How to Apply
All HOPE applicants attending an eligible technical college must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application each year.

These applications are available at any eligible Georgia public technical college. Ask the financial aid office at the technical college you plan to attend for the necessary application. A student may also apply for HOPE by completing an e-HOPE (online) application at www.gsfc.org/hope/dsp_apphope.cfm

You can also visit their website at www.ed.gov/students/prep/college/index.html


2005 Technical College System of Georgia
last updated on 8/30/05