Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs.
Contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC)
Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Telephone: 1-800-505-GSFC (4732)
In Metro Atlanta: (770) 724-9000
The money provided to HOPE Scholars varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific enrollment.
- Public Institutions: Beginning in Fall 2011, students attending public colleges or universities receive a HOPE Award Amount based upon a per hour rate at the institution he or she is attending. To determine your HOPE Award Amount, review the chart found here .
- Private Institutions: For Fall 2011, Winter 2012, and Spring 2012, students attending private colleges or universities receive the following:
- Full-time students: $1,800 per semester, $1,200 per quarter
- Half-time students: $900 per semester, $600 per quarter
- one of the following academic requirements:
- Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
- Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
- 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 tests. For more details, click here.
- 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. For more details, click here.
- Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semesters hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status. For more details, click here.
- 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. View a list of HOPE eligible colleges and universities .
- 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.