Description of HOPE Scholarship:
The State of Georgia’s Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship is available to qualifying Georgia residents and provides a specified award amount per credit hour of enrollment up to a maximum payment for 15 semester hours per semester.
Process for HOPE Scholarship:
- Complete the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS) only once, or
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.
Either of the applications must be properly completed and processed prior to the last date of final exams of the semester for which the student is seeking to receive HOPE funds.
Amounts of HOPE Scholarship:
The amount of a student’s HOPE Scholarship is ultimately based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled each semester, not to exceed payment for a maximum of 15 semester hours. The initial award amount assumes the maximum HOPE amount for which the student is eligible each semester. The HOPE award amount will be reduced when students enroll in fewer than 15 hours. HOPE award amounts cannot be increased for students who enroll in more than 15 hours. Furthermore, the HOPE Award Amount cannot exceed the student’s total tuition charges for the semester.
The HOPE Scholarship does not pay for Academic Assistance (Learning Support) courses or any other courses that do not apply toward any degree. Click here for the list of HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarship Ineligible Courses.
2017-18 Award Year
For the 2017-18 Award Year, the dollar amount of each semester’s HOPE Scholarship award is determined by multiplying $240.00 X the number of hours in which the student is enrolled, up to the maximum 15 hours; however, the HOPE amount received cannot exceed the actual tuition charged.
When students are charged the Flat Tuition Rate for the fall and spring semesters, the HOPE Scholarship award amount reflected on their financial aid Awards initially assumes 15 hours enrollment in the fall and spring semesters for a maximum award amount of $3,600 per semester.
See the following UGA HOPE Award Amounts:
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You can also view GSFC’s 2017-18 HOPE Award Amounts by clicking on the University System of Georgia Institutions arrow and selecting the University of Georgia.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) determines the initial HOPE Scholarship academic eligibility of incoming First-Year (Freshmen) Georgia resident students using the course and grade information provided them by their high schools. The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) then electronically obtains the academic eligibility status from the GSFC.
UGA OSFA is responsible for confirming the continuing academic eligibility of the first-year students deemed academically eligible by GSFC as well as the academic eligibility of all other students. OSFA is also responsible for confirming all HOPE students meet all the non-academic eligibility requirements.
Continuing, Gaining and Re-Gaining Eligibility:
- Students must meet the requirements for Georgia Residency for HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships.
- Students must meet all Basic Student Eligibility Requirements.
- Students cannot have previously earned a baccalaureate degree.
- Students must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Grade Point Average (GPA) when they are checked at the end of the semesters in which they have attempted their 30th, 60th, 90th HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Attempted Hours and at the end of every spring semester. Students can only retain or lose their eligibility when checked at the end of the spring semester, they can not gain or regain eligibility.
- Students must have fewer than 127 HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Attempted Hours.
- Students must have fewer than 127 HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Paid Hours.
- Students who lose their HOPE Scholarship eligibility solely due to their HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA falling below 3.0 can regain HOPE Scholarship eligibility only once.
Seven Year Limit:
Effective Fall term 2015, students who did not receive a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meet all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, are eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship until seven years after their high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or the date of their petition to receive a high school diploma, whichever occurred first. The expiration of eligibility date will be June 30 following the completion of the seventh academic year following the student’s high school graduation date, GED test date, home study completion date, or date of petition to receive a high school diploma.
Students who received a HOPE Scholarship prior to summer 2011 are not subject to the 7 year eligibility limit.
Grade Changes and Incomplete (I) Grades:
To review the possible impact on HOPE Scholarship eligibility, see Grade Changes and Incomplete (I) Grades.
Study Abroad/Student Exchange:
To review the HOPE Scholarship procedures for eligible UGA and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs, see:
- HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and UGA Study Abroad Programs,
- HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs Offered Thru Eligible Institutions, and
- HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs Offered Thru Ineligible Institutions.
To review the HOPE Scholarship procedures for UGA students enrolled at (transient to) other institutions, see Students Transient From UGA.
Zell Miller Scholarship:
See information regarding the Zell Miller Scholarship.
More information regarding the HOPE Scholarship Program, including the GSFAPPS HOPE Scholarship application, is available on the GAfutures.org Web site.
You can also review the applicable Award Year HOPE Scholarship regulations at the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) Web site.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Courses and the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships
Effective Fall 2017, when calculating the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship postsecondary Grade Point Average (GPA), an additional weight of 0.5 will be added to grades of B, C, and D for approved degree level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses taken at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution Fall 2017 or later.
Where can I find out which STEM courses are approved?
The approved STEM courses will be listed in the STEM Weighted Course Directory.
Will approved STEM courses I take at another eligible postsecondary institution receive the additional GPA weight at UGA?
Yes, all approved courses taken Fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.
Will STEM courses I take at an out-of-state institution receive additional GPA weight?
No. Courses must be taken at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution Fall 2017 or later. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for a list of the eligible schools.
Will STEM courses I took prior to Fall 2017 receive additional GPA weight retroactively?
No. Only eligible courses taken Fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.
If I take a course that is not currently in the STEM Weighted Course Directory and then it is added to the STEM Weighted Course Directory at a later date for a later term, can I get the additional GPA weight retroactively?
No. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for the Beginning and End Terms for all courses.
What do I need to do to have the additional GPA weight added to my HOPE Scholarship GPA?
Nothing. We will add the additional weight to your GPA automatically.
Who determines which courses appear in the STEM Weighted Course Directory?
The STEM Weighted Course Council is responsible for approving all additions, deletions, and changes to the directory. This council consists of representatives from the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and a member of the Georgia General Assembly.
How often is the STEM Weighted Course Directory updated?
Changes to the STEM Weighted Course Directory only occur once per year, generally in February.
Where can I get additional information?
Additional information can be found at https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-scholarships/hope-scholarship/stem-weighted-course-directory/
Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with the educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible postsecondary institution located in Georgia.
rom Abbeville in Wilcox County to Zebulon in Pike County, Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) has provided more than $9.4 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school.
The legislation for this program was scripted in 1992 under the supervision of Governor Zell Miller and launched a year later to provide assistance towards the cost of tuition at eligible Georgia postsecondary institutions to incent and reward Georgia’s high achieving students.
Funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education, this unique initiative has helped more than 1.7 million students at eligible state public and private universities and public technical schools to create the “better-educated work force…and invest in (Georgia’s) economic future” as Miller envisioned in his 1992 State of the State Address.
HOPE consists of six different aid programs. For more information on eligibility requirements, program applications, award amounts, participating institutions and other program-specific information, visit GAfutures.
HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. A Hope Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia. A seven-year limit exists for students first receiving the HOPE Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year (FY12) or later.
HOPE Grant is available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma. A HOPE Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. The grant provides tuition assistance to students enrolled at a HOPE Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.
Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents, similar to the HOPE Scholarship, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance. A Zell Miller Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum SAT score of 1,200 on the math and reading portions or a minimum composite ACT score of 26 in single national test administration. Students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. Students are provided full-tuition assistance while pursuing an undergraduate degree and they must attend an eligible college or university in Georgia. A seven-year limit exists for students first receiving the Zell Miller Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year (FY12) or later.
Zell Miller Grant is a merit-based program available to Georgia residents pursuing a certificate or diploma. To remain eligible, a Zell Miller Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative postsecondary grade point average (GPA). Grant recipients are awarded full-standard tuition assistance while enrolled at an eligible college or university in Georgia.
HOPE GED Grant is available to Georgia residents who earn a General Education Development (GED) diploma after June 30, 1993. The GED must be awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia. HOPE GED Grant provides a one-time $500 award that can be used toward tuition, books, or other educational costs at an eligible college or university in Georgia. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant within 24 months of the GED diploma date.
HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), is available to Georgia residents. Students must pursue a certificate or diploma and receive HOPE or Zell Miller Grant funding. The grant provides assistance for educational costs in an approved designated program of study.