HOPE Scholarship Requirements




It is extremely important that HOPE Scholarship information be checked by the student and parent on GACollege411 as the requirements and details may change from year to year.

  HOPE SCHOLARSHIP:  HOPE Scholarship (students seeking a degree) basic eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship have NOT changed:  be a citizen, be a Georgia resident, register with the Selective Service (if applicable), be in compliance with Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990, attend a Georgia eligible school, graduate with a 3.0 GPA in core courses, maintain a 3.0 while in college


  • The HOPE Scholarship will pay:
  • o At an eligible public postsecondary institution, for FY2013 a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year. View award amounts at http://www.gsfc.org/main/publishing/pdf/2011/hope_award_amounts.pdf. Every year these amounts will change based upon lottery revenues, HOPE enrollment numbers, and the previous year's award rate;
  • o At an eligible private postsecondary institution, a percentage amount of the HOPE award for the private colleges (for FY 2013 the maximum amount is $3,600/year for 15 hours);
  • o A separate Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) in the amount of $700 for FY 2013 is also available for students attending eligible private colleges in Georgia;
  • o No book or fee allowances;
  • The HOPE Scholarship will NOT pay for remedial or development courses;
  • If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA while in college, he/she may regain the HOPE Scholarship only one time;
  • Beginning with the Class of 2015 (students entering high school 2011-2012), a new rigor requirement has been added. Students graduating in 2017 must pass at least 4 courses from a list of academically rigorous courses to meet requirements to be a HOPE Scholar upon high school graduation (i.e., courses in advanced math, advanced science, advanced foreign language, AP or IB courses in core subjects, and/or College Credit Now/dual enrollment courses taken as a unit of the University System of Georgia in core subjects, not remedial or developmental). GSFC will provide a list of classes to further define each category.

 ZELL MILLER SCHOLAR PROGRAM -New program (for students seeking a degree):

  • Students must meet all requirements for the HOPE Scholarship, PLUS...
  • Graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.7 or greater GPA in core subjects as calculated by GSFC AND receive a score of at least 1200 combined critical reading and math score on a single administration of the SAT, or an ACT composite score of 26, OR...
  • Graduate from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian;
  • Maintain at least a 3.3 GPA in college to remain eligible for the Zell Miller Scholar program;
  • The Zell Miller Scholar payment guidelines are the following...
  • o For Georgia public universities/colleges or Georgia Technical colleges, Zell Miller Scholars will have their tuition fully paid during the then current year, without regard for specific program of study;
  • o For Georgia private colleges, Zell Miller Scholars will receive $4,000/yr for 15 hours for FY 2012;
  • o On-line chart for Zell Miller Scholar award amounts for Georgia public institutions is the second page of the following link: http://www.gsfc.org/main/publishing/pdf/2011/hope_award_amounts.pdf

  HOPE Grant (for students seeking a certificate or diploma):

  • Only available to students seeking a certificate or diploma at a branch of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or a unit of the University System of Georgia;
  • While there is no GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant upon entering a program at a TCSG school in Fall 2011, all HOPE Grant recipients must have a 3.0 GPA on all HOPE Grant coursework, excluding dual enrollment and learning support courses, when GPAs are checked at the completion of 30 and 60 hours;
  • Students losing eligibility at the 30 hour checkpoint may regain eligibility at the 60 hour checkpoint if the student achieves a 3.0 GPA at that point;
  • HOPE Grant will pay:
  • o A percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year;
  • o Students can use the chart posted on GA college411 to determine exact amounts for 2012 ( http://www.gsfc.org/main/publishing/pdf/2011/hope_award_amounts.pdf).