How to Apply for HOPE
If you qualify for HOPE, you must still apply for it, even if you have received an eligibility certificate. If the student only wants to receive the HOPE Scholarship , then they may complete the GSFAPP. If the student wants to receive HOPE in addition to Federal Aid, such as grants and/or student loans, then the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).. See The Financial Aid Process: Six Easy Steps for more information regarding the application process.
Keeping your HOPE alive
HOPE eligibility is reviewed at the end of every Spring semester (unless you are a part time freshman) and at the end of the semester in which 30, 60, or 90 semester hours have been attempted. “Attempted hours” refers to all hours attempted in a degree program at a postsecondary institution after high school graduation, including classes which you may have withdrawn from or failed. A student who has previously lost the HOPE scholarship may regain it once at 60 or 90 hours. HOPE may not be regained at the Spring semester checkpoint, unless that coincides with a 60 or 90 hour checkpoint. Also, there is an attempted hours “cap” on the length of HOPE scholarship payment (127 attempted hours). The deadline to receive HOPE for the current year is the last day of class for the semester for which you are applying.
STEM course GPA Boost:
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the cumulative HOPE/Zell Miller grade point average (GPA) calculated will include weighted grades for specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college courses. The grade for any such course will be increased by an additional 0.5 point if such grade is a B, C, or D.
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Contact your financial aid counselor for other requirements and further information at (912) 478-5413. Additional restrictions may apply. The above is based on the most recent information from the Georgia Student Finance Commission and is subject to change.
Last updated: 9/19/2018