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How to Qualify for the Georgia HOPE Scholarship

To qualify for HOPE, students must be a legal resident of the state of Georgia or be considered a Georgia resident for purposes of in-state tuition at the time of enrollment for the school term for which the scholarship is sought. Students that graduated from high school with a high school core curriculum GPA of at least 3.0 on a true 4.0 scale may qualify as an incoming freshman for HOPE Scholarship.

Students who did not qualify for HOPE as incoming freshmen may still receive a HOPE Scholarship if they were a legal resident of Georgia at the time of enrollment for the school term for which the scholarship is sought, and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours of University course work. Students will only have one chance to earn/regain HOPE.

A student may receive the HOPE scholarship until the first of these events:

  1. The student has earned a baccalaureate or first professional degree; or
  2. The student has attempted or HOPE has paid a total of 190 quarter hours or 127 semester hours at any post-secondary institution; or
  3. Beginning with those students receiving HOPE for the first time on or after July 1, 2011, seven years from a student’s graduation from high school or the equivalent thereof as determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission in its rules and regulations; provided, however, that for a student that serves in the military during such seven-year period, any such military service served as active duty shall not count against the seven-year period. A student that is ineligible to receive the HOPE scholarship pursuant to this paragraph but who received the HOPE scholarship during the 2010-2011 academic year shall continue to be eligible for the HOPE scholarship until June 30, 2015, as long as such student meets all other eligibility requirements.
  4. 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.  Learn more about STEM weighted courses.

Check with your financial aid counselor regarding your eligibility.

To be checked for eligibility, students must have completed the GSFAPP HOPE application or a current, completed (any verification requirements must be met) FAFSA on file.

Last updated: 4/12/2021