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HOPE Scholarship Changes as of Fall 2011
  • Student MUST graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
  • 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.
    • Students who received a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer 2011, the 7 year limit does not apply.
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 if the student’s GPA is still a 3.0 or above.
What Does HOPE Pay For?

2015-2016 Tuition Rates

  • HOPE Scholarship will pay:

    • $80.00 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 semester hours. Example: You have 126 attempted HOPE semester hours, you will only receive payment for 1 credit hour ($80.00).

    • HOPE will not pay for Learning Support classes

  • Zell Miller Scholar Program will pay:

  • $90.87 per credit hour – No Fees or Book Allowance

  • MOWR - Move On When Ready:

  • $90.87 per credit hour

  • $50.00 for Mandatory Fees

  • $25.00 Book Allowance

    • Lost or damanaged books - The student may be charged the lesser of:

      • The cost of the book minus the MOWR book allowance for the specific course or $75.00.

Applying for the HOPE Scholarship

If you think you may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, please read the below instructions and information:

  1. Complete a GSFAPP on
  2. Print off a HOPE Eligibility Review Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office to be evaluated.
  3. You must have the required GPA minimum for eligibility at the most recent Checkpoint: 30, 60 or 90 attempted semester hours (all degree program courses from all institutions attended are calculated) and maintained the minimum GPA through the End-of-Spring Checkpoints.
    • “W” and “WF”s are calculated in your total attempted semester 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).

New Freshman

You MUST be deemed a Final HOPE Scholar by the state (Georgia Student Finance Commission) based on your High School Transcripts. Our Office does not determine your eligibility. You DO NOT have to submit a HOPE Eligibility Review Form. If you believe you are eligible and you are not showing as eligible on your CHECK MY AID STATUS link in SCORE, or you do not see your HOPE award, please click here to contact our office.

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 evaluated by the Registrars Office. 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; complete the HOPE Transient Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid. Our office will process accordingly and send a HOPE Transient Certification to the Host Institution indicated on the form.

As a Transient Student visiting Georgia Highlands College, your Home Institution submit a HOPE Transient Certificate to us through the state website in order for us to award any HOPE/Zell funds.

Home Schooled Students

Any Home Schooled student seeking HOPE must completed 30 attempted semester hours first. 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.

To receive the HOPE Scholarship for future semesters after the first 30 attempted semester hours. Please complete the HOPE Eligibility Review Form.




HOPE/Zell Miller GPA Reviews

Eligibility reviews  are conducted at the 30, 60, 90 attempted semester hour checkpoints and at the end of every spring. If your GPA is below the required minimum at a checkpoint, eligibility will be lost.

Three Term Checkpoint - This checkpoint is conducted when a student does not attend full-time during the first three semesters. Eligibility will be evaluated after the third semester. 

Eligibility can only be regained during 30, 60 or 90 attempted semester hour checkpoints (all institutions attended and courses taken towards a degree program are calculated). A HOPE Eligibility Review Form must be submitted to be evaluated.

*After a Second Loss of Eligibility - You Cannot Regain Eligibilty*

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