The Hope scholarship program is generally called Georgia’s hope scholarship. It was launched in 1993 under the administration of Georgia governor Zell Miller.
The scholarship is obtainable for Georgia citizens who have shown outstanding academic ability. The Hope scholarship is organized to assist students with part of their schooling fee at a university/college where the Hope scholarship is eligible.
The hope scholarship is also for students training for technical certification irrespective of the high school GPA or date of graduation.
To be eligible for the Hope scholarship program, you are expected to meet some primary requirements.
Primary Eligibility Requirements
You are eligible for the Hope scholarship if;
- You are a US citizen, or you meet the requirements of a non-citizen.
- You meet the requirements of tertiary institutions in Georgia.
- You are ready to be registered as a student pursuing a degree at a USG, TCSG, college/university eligible for the Georgia scholarship, or a private school eligible for the Georgia scholarship award.
- You are ready to abide by some particular registration requirements.
- You clinch the academic record conditions.
- Abide by the Georgia Drug-free Tertiary education act of 1990.
- You have not surpassed the highest award for any Hope Program.
Initial Educational Eligibility
Georgia’s hope scholarship award expects every candidate to meet some educational conditions in addition to the primary requirements to be eligible for the award.
You should note that your eligibility will be determined by the kind of high school or house coaching program you enrolled in and finished from.
Hope Scholarship Accredited High Schools.
An accredited high school or house study program is that has been licensed by one of the accreditation organizations listed below.
A home study or high school that is not accredited or licensed by at least one of these accrediting organizations will be considered ineligible.
Below are the accrediting agencies that must license a home study or high school located inside Georgia;
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Georgia Accrediting Commission
- Georgia Association of Christian Schools
- Association of Christian Schools International
- Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
- Southern Association of Independent Schools
- Georgia Independent School Association
The following organizations must license home study programs/ high schools located outside Georgia;
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Accreditation Commission
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Alabama Independent School Association
- Southern Association of Independent Schools.
To be eligible, you must;
- Conclude an approved house learning program
- Graduate from a qualified high school
- Conclude an unapproved house learning program
- Graduate from an unqualified high school
- Clinch the eligibility status while you are still in college
For students who graduated from an approved home learning program/high School
When you are about to enroll in an approved university/college after your home study completion/high school graduation, you are expected to meet the following criteria;
- You must finish with at least a Hope GPA of 3.0
- Get at least four full credits from the educational course list.
For candidates who graduated from an unapproved home learning program/high School
When you want to enroll in an eligible university/college as a fresh student, you must meet the following criteria.
- You must score at least 24 in your ACT exam
- You must score at least 1160 on your SAT
Note that if you were not eligible for the Hope scholarship when you enrolled in college/university, you could attain the eligibility status while you are in college.
The college/university you enrolled in will determine your eligibility after making every effort to try the expected hours.
- Get at least 3.0 Hope GPA
- Try 30, 60, or 90 semester hours of study
Hope Scholarship Value
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Suppose you meet every requirement You must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Hope Scholarship at the end of the day. You are attending an approved public university/college. In that case, you will receive a scholarship amount that you will use to sort your standard undergraduate tuition up to at least 15 hours for the number of hours you enrolled, whether full-time or part-time.
Suppose you meet every requirement to qualify for the Hope scholarship and attend a private college/university. You will receive a Hope scholarship amount which you will use to sort your standard undergraduate tuition for at least 12 hours for the number of hours you enrolled, whether permanent or temporary status.
Application date and the deadline for the Hope scholarship
You have two options when applying for the Hope scholarship;
- You may fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or
- Georgia Student Finance Application(GSFAPP) online
NOTE: The FAFSA is only valid for a year, which means you must fill it each year. At the same time, the GSFAPP is valid for ten years.
The deadline for the application is which one comes first between the last day of the school section or your withdrawal date.
You are advised to submit your yearly FAFSA or the GSFAPP as early as possible. The earlier you submit will determine how soon your college/university will determine your qualification and prize.
Restrictions and termination of qualifications
As you know that nothing lasts forever, there is also a limit to how long you can receive the Hope scholarship awards. The limits are divided into three;
- Termination of eligibility
- Eligibility for not more than ten years
- Eligibility for not more than seven years
Termination of eligibility
Whether your eligibility has expired is determined by the total number of hours you attempted and the degrees you got. Your Hope scholarship eligibility will expire when;
- It is confirmed that you have received payment from either Hope and Zell Miller scholarship, Hope and Zell Miller grant or the Accel program for 127 semesters.
- You have been enrolled for 127 semesters irrespective of whether or not you received the Hope scholarship grants while you were still enrolled.
- Get a four-year degree irrespective of whether or not the Hope scholarship grants were received while studying for this degree.
Eligibility for not more than ten years
If you received your first Hope scholarship payment in the summer of 2019 or after, you will be eligible to receive the Hope scholarship grant for the next ten years till whichever comes first after you graduate high school, conclude your home learning programs, or GED test date.
Eligibility for not more than seven years.
If you Receive your first Hope scholarship payment between the summer term 2011 and spring term 2019. You will be eligible to receive the Hope scholarship grants for the next seven years till whichever comes first after you graduate high school, conclude your home learning project, or GED test.
Eligibility termination date.
The Scholarship Board will terminate your eligibility on the 30th of your seventh year or the 30th of your tenth year after your high school graduation, GED test date, or home learning conclusion date.
Note that the eligibility for not more than seven years and eligibility for not more than ten years does not affect any Hope scholars who received their first Hope scholarship reward before the 2011 summer.
The Scholarship Board can also terminate your eligibility if your HOPE GPA falls below the requirement.
Maintaining academic eligibility in college.
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As a Hope scholar, certain academic expectations must be met to maintain your eligibility while in college. The expectations are listed below;
- You must be registered in an undergraduate program pursuing an associate or Bachelor’s degree.,
- You must attend an approved college or university in Georgia.
Note that your educational qualification is followed and tracked by the hours you attempted and your GPA.
The Hope scholarship expects that you keep a Hope GPA of 3.0 at every checkpoint to stay eligible.
There are cases where you lost your Hope scholarship eligibility at a checkpoint, thinking you cannot regain it. The good news is that it can. How?
- You can regain your Hope Scholarship eligibility while you are a college student or a university student.
- If you have lost your eligibility, you can check back after you have attempted about 30 semesters.
- If you have not regained your eligibility after you might have attempted 30 semesters, then check back after you have attempted 90 semesters.
- You may regain your qualification if you continue your enrollment and you maintain a 3.0 calculated HOPE GPA. However, you cannot regain your Hope scholarship qualification at the end of the spring checkpoint.
By the time you reach the 90 attempted hour checkpoint, you have reached the maximum checkpoint to regain your Hope scholarship eligibility.
You can regain your Hope scholarship eligibility once at an attempted hour checkpoint. Once you lose your eligibility the second time, it becomes mathematically and practically impossible to regain.