Types of Aid
Scholarships and Grants
Basic Eligibility Requirements for State Aid Programs
- Must have been a U.S. citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the term in which the student is seeking assistance from any state program
- Must have been a resident of the State of Georgia at the time of high school graduation, home school program or successful GED completion for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the term in which assistance from a state program is sought; OR if student was not a resident of the State of Georgia at the time of high school graduation, home school program or successful GED completion, student must meet the minimum residency requirement of 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the term in which assistance from a state program is sought
- Must be registered with Selective Service
- Cannot be in default/repayment on a student loan
- Cannot owe a refund on any federal/state grant
- Cannot receive assistance from state programs if convicted of a drug related felony from the date of conviction to the completion of the following school term
- Cannot receive assistance from state programs while incarcerated
Eligibility Requirements (in addition to Basic Requirements)
- Eligible Programs of Study: Diploma and Certificate
- Must not have a bachelor's degree
- Must not have more than 63 semester hours or 95 quarter hours of all attempted course work paid by HOPE
- Must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the 30 and 60 semester hour checkpoints (GPA tracking will begin with the completion of Fall 2011). Students will have only one chance to regain grant at next checkpoint if lost due to GPA falling below 2.0.
Note for students enrolled prior to Fall 2011 – Students that have accumulated at least 30 semester hours, but less than 60 semester hours will not be checked until the end of the term in which the student has accumulated 60 semester hours.
HOPE Grant Award Amounts
Tuition Award: For the 2015-2016 award year, the HOPE grant will pay $67.00 per credit hour toward tuition. The Tuition and Fee Chart shows the amount of tuition only that HOPE will pay per the number of credit hours the student is enrolled and the amount not covered by HOPE that the student will be responsible for.
What You Need to Know
- Coursework completed since Summer 2004 (Technical College System of Georgia and University System of Georgia) in which the student has been paid by HOPE Grant funds are included in the HOPE Grant GPA calculation.
- The student will be required to submit all transcripts from any college in which they attended and were paid HOPE Grant funds.
- Learning Support and Dual Enrollment courses taken while in high school are not included in the calculation.
- The student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the 30 and 60 paid semester hour checkpoints.
- If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 at the 30 semester hour checkpoint, the student will lose the HOPE Grant and can only regain it once at the 60 semester paid hour checkpoint if the student's cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
- Once the student reaches 63 semester paid hours, he/she is no longer eligible to receive the HOPE Grant. The HOPE Grant only assists with tuition for a maximum of 63 semester paid hours toward a diploma or certificate.
The student will be notified of eligibility status as soon as possible AFTER:
- All required transcripts are submitted, reviewed, data entered in system, and
- Semester grades have been submitted; and
- Eligibility has been determined by the college through the HOPE Grant calculation process.
How This May Affect HOPE Awards and Pell Book Voucher Status
Until eligibility is determined, the next semester the student is enrolled after he/she has reached a checkpoint:
- HOPE Grant awards cannot be authorized;
- Pell Book voucher status, if eligible will be delayed unless Pell funds, if eligible, completely pay for tuition, fee and book charges up to the $800.00 maximum book voucher amount*.
*$800.00 maximum book voucher amount is part of the student's Pell award; it is not additional assistance.
You may need to make other arrangements to purchase required books and supplies if eligibility cannot be determined by the book voucher end date.
For more detailed information about this grant and other state programs, go to www.gafutures.org.