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HOPE Changes as of Fall 2011
  • Student MUST graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission for a college prep diploma or a 3.2 GPA for a career tech diploma.
  • Students MUST maintain 3.0 GPA in college.
  • Beginning Fall 2011 – if a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in college (at a checkpoint), they may only regain the HOPE Scholarship one time.
  • The HOPE Scholarship will NOT pay for Learning Support classes.
  • A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship up until:
  • Student earns a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Student has attempted at any postsecondary institution 127 semester hours
  • Student has received a total of combined payment of 127 semester hours (from HOPE Scholarship, Accel payments made prior to Fall 2011 and HOPE Grant)
  • 7 YEAR Limit: Students receiving the HOPE Scholarship for the 1st time Summer 2011 or after have 7 years from the date of HS graduation, Date of GED Test or Date of completion of a Home School Program to receive HOPE Scholarship payment before it expires.
Zell Miller Scholarship

Students are eligible if graduated from eligible high school with at least a 3.7 GPA as calculated by Georgia Student Finance Commission AND have received a score of at least 1,200 combined Critical Reading and Math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT score of at least 26

  • OR graduated from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian
  • OR completed a home study program meeting the HOPE requirements, having received a score of at least 1,200 combined Critical Reading and Math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT score of at least 26; earning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 at eligible postsecondary institution at the end of the semester in which student has attempted 30 semester hours. Student will be eligible to receive Retroactive Scholarship payment for the freshman year.
  • Student MUST maintain a 3.3 GPA in college to maintain Zell Miller Scholar Program. If student falls below a 3.3 GPA, they remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship it the student’s GPA is still a 3.0 or above.
What Does HOPE Pay For?

2014-2015 Rates

  • HOPE Scholarship will pay:

    • $77.00 per credit hour – No Fees or Book Allowance
    • Amount per credit hour can change from aid year to aid year
    • HOPE will only pay up to 127 attempted hours (no longer the entire term in which student reaches 127 hours) ex: Student has 126 attempted hours starting Fall 2011 – HOPE will only pay for 1 credit hour.
    • HOPE will not pay for Learning Support classes
  • Zell Miller Scholar Program will pay:
  • $88.67 per credit hour – No Fees or Book Allowance
  • HOPE Accel Program will pay:
  • $88.67 per credit hour - No Fees or Book Allowance
 
Applying for the HOPE Scholarship

If you think you may be eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship, you must complete two steps:

  1. Complete a GSFAPP
  2. Print off a HOPE Eligibility Review Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office to be evaluated.
  3. You must be at a checkpoint: 30, 60 or 90 attempted semester hours (all degree program courses from all institutions attended are calculated). “W” and “WF”s are calculated in your total attempted hours.
  4. All Final Official Transcripts from all institutions attended must be received and include grades for all courses taken. (Any classes showing In Progress on a transcript will not be evaluated and will delay your evaluation).

Transfer Students

If you are requesting HOPE at GHC you need to complete the HOPE Eligibility Review Form and submit the completed form to the Financial Aid Office. All final transcripts must be received by Admissions and evaluation completed by the Registrar. Students who are transferring to GHC should be prepared to pay in advance and be reimbursed once eligibility is determined.

Transient Students

If you are a GHC student attending another institution as a Transient Student, you must complete a HOPE Transient Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office to be processed properly to ensure your HOPE is certified for the Host Institution.

If you are attending GHC as a Transient Student, you must have your Home Institution submit a HOPE Transient Certificate in order to receive your HOPE award with GHC.

Home Schooled Students

Any Home Schooled student seeking HOPE must completed 30 attempted semester hours. Once you meet 30 attempted semester hours, you must submit a final transcript to GSFC to be evaluated and approved for retroactive pay for the first 30 hours.

You must still complete a HOPE Eligibility Review Form to be evaluated to receive HOPE awards beginning at 30 attempted hours and beyond.

 

 

 

HOPE GPA Reviews

All students receiving the HOPE Scholarship must maintain a 3.00 HOPE GPA at their 30, 60, 90 and end of every spring checkpoint. If your HOPE GPA falls below the required 3.00 GPA you will lose HOPE.

You can ONLY gain HOPE eligibility at 30, 60 or 90 attempted semester hour checkpoint (all institutions attended and courses taken towards a degree program are calculated). A HOPE Eligibility Review Form must be submitted for review.

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