Georgia HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE-eligible college in Georgia.
To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:
- Meet one of the following academic requirements:
- Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average. .
- Complete a HOPE-eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average.
- Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible home study program, or earn a GED and score in the national composite 85th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT.
- Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.
- Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status.
- Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
- Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
- Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
The HOPE Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific hours of enrollment to determine your HOPE award amount.
Students attending public colleges or universities receive a HOPE award amount, up to a maximum of 15 hours, based upon a per hour rate at the institution he or she is attending.
Students attending private colleges or universities receive a HOPE award amount, up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a half-time or full-time enrollment status.