HOPE Scholarship Fast Facts

Click for HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Application. Fill out at the beginning of the term you begin the Associate of Applied Science and send to the Registrar’s Office.

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  • If you have previously received a baccalaureate (four year) college degree of any type you are no longer eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. This will NOT prevent a student from changing to the degree program.
  • Beginning July 1, 2011, first time recipients of the HOPE Scholarship must use the scholarship within seven years of graduating high school, receiving their GED, or completing an eligible home school program (may exclude Active-Duty Military service time). Students who have not received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to July 1, 2011 and graduated from high school (or received their GED) more than seven years ago will not be eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship. (HOPE Grant recipients changing to a degree level program must meet the above criteria or 7-year rule in order to receive HOPE Scholarship). (p. 33 section 105.12) Request for an Extension to the Seven-Year Expiration of Eligibility Date Due to Active Duty Military Service.
  • Students who did not graduate from a Georgia high school or home school program must be Georgia residents for 24 months prior to the first day of the term. Military Personnel that are stationed in Georgia on active duty and their dependants shall be treated as a Georgia Resident, for purposes of HOPE Scholarship eligibility. Students may be required to provide additional residency verification for HOPE Scholarship. (p. 19 section 104.2 , #2 c. and d.) HOPE Regulations
  • If you are a graduate of a Georgia high school and a Georgia resident at the time of graduation- you then must have been a resident for 12 months prior to the first day of classes. If not a GA resident at the time of graduation then must be a resident for 24 months prior to the first day of class. (p. 18 section 104.2) HOPE Regulations.
  • Gaining Eligibility: There are several ways to gain eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship as a freshman (Tier 1): Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school or eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average (HOPE Scholar) or for those having completed an ineligible high school or home study program or received a GED since June 30, 1993, earn a score from a single test administration in the national composite 85th percentile or higher on a standardized college admissions test such as the SAT or ACT test. Those deemed not eligible as a freshman may attempt 30 (tier 2), 60 (Tier 3), or 90 (Tier 4) semester hours with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the college level regardless of high school graduation status. Such student having a cumulative post-secondary grade-point average of 3.0 at one of these tiers, may enter the HOPE Scholarship program at tier 2, tier 3 or tier 4 as applicable.
  • Attempted Hours: Credit hours are to be counted as Attempted-Hours regardless of whether the course was completed, the hours were earned, or a letter grade was recorded on the student’s official academic transcript. Credit hours are counted regardless of whether the student receives payment for those hours from the HOPE. It does not matter how old the course is or if it is still a valid course for transfer. All post-secondary course work from the point of high school counts (See definition on page 6 for Attempted-Hours). (Rules for Hope Scholars and Non-Hope Scholars differ as to when Degree credits for Attempted-Hours begin). Students are allowed a lifetime max of 190 quarter or 127 semester hours and then they are no longer eligible for HOPE Scholarship. (p. 6 and p. 31 section 105.9) HOPE Regulations.
  • Combined Paid-Hours: The total number of Paid-Hours a student has accumulated from any combination of the HOPE Scholarship Program, plus HOPE Grant Program, plus Accel Program. Students are allowed a lifetime max of 190 quarter or 127 semester hours and then they are no longer eligible for HOPE Scholarship. (p. 7 and p. 33 section 105.10) HOPE Regulations.