Georgia Highlands College

Georgia HOPE Scholarships and Grants Policies

HOPE - Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally - Scholarships are available for eligible degree-seeking students at Georgia Highlands College. These scholarships provide assistance for tuition, approved mandatory fees and books. Students may register for any number of hours and receive their HOPE Scholarship as long as they are meeting academic standards for progress. Completion of the FAFSA, HOPE Alternate application, or the E-HOPE, which is located on the HOPE Scholarship website, is required. The HOPE website is http://www.GSFC.org/. One of these applications must be completed before your eligibility may be determined and your HOPE awarded.

Freshman HOPE candidates must meet the following qualifications:

• Legal residency of the state of Georgia

• 1993 or later graduation from an eligible high school

• High school graduation with a 3.0 grade point average or higher in the core curriculum

• No felony drug conviction

• Selective Service registration, if applicable


HOPE Scholarship recipients will have an academic review when they attain 30, 60, and 90 semester hours to ensure they are still maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. A HOPE grade point average will often differ from a cumulative Georgia Highlands College grade point average. HOPE considers ALL attempted semester hours from all colleges and universities attended to compute the HOPE grade point average. Applicable learning support classes are also included. If the student has not earned a 3.0, the student will lose their scholarship until the next checkpoint. At that time, if the student has a 3.0 grade point average, they will qualify for HOPE again. All students may earn the HOPE Scholarship at the 30, 60, or 90 semester hour checkpoints if they meet the following criteria:


• Legal residency in the state of Georgia at the time the student first applied to any Georgia technical, public, or private college or university.

• 30, 60, or 90 attempted semester hours

• A 3.0 grade point average for all attempted hours from all colleges or universities

• Not in default with a federal student loan

• No felony drug conviction

• Selective Service registration, if applicable


End-of-Spring Checkpoint

HOPE Scholarship End-of-Spring Checkpoint – Effective Spring 2005

• All HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of each spring term in order to continue their eligibility except for Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms in a row. (See “Three-Term Checkpoint”.)

• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint but cannot be gained or regained at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint.

• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at an End-of-Spring Checkpoint but then regained at a future Attempted-Hours Checkpoint.

HOPE Scholarship Three-Term Checkpoint – Effective Spring 2005

• This checkpoint only applies to Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms in a row.

• Freshmen (1st tier) recipients who enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms, and only these students, must have a 3.0 GPA in order to continue their eligibility.

• After the Three-Term Checkpoint is applied once to a student, the End-of-Spring Checkpoints must be applied to that student regardless of the number of hours enrolled each term.

• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at the Three-Term Checkpoint but cannot be gained or regained at the Three-Term Checkpoint.

• HOPE Scholarship eligibility can be lost at a Three-Term Checkpoint but then regained at a future Attempted-Hours Checkpoint.

• The Three-Term Checkpoint is not applied if the recipient enrolls for 12 or more hours for the third term.

Students may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship until they reach 127 attempted semester hours.

HOPE grants may be obtained for certificate programs. The student must apply by completing the FAFSA, HOPE Alternate application, or the E-HOPE application on the HOPE Scholarship website. If the student is a Georgia resident, registered with selective service, and advancing in the certificate program, they may qualify.

HOPE Scholarship recipients attending Georgia Highlands College as a transient student should contact their home institution financial aid office for necessary paperwork and instruction.




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