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 from any post-secondary institution domestic or foreign you are no longer eligible for the HOPE Scholarship program. This will NOT prevent a student from changing to the degree program at Wiregrass.

7-Year Limit

  • If you received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer Term 2011 you are not subject to the 7-year limit (all other eligibility regulations apply). A HOPE Scholarship recipient who has lost HOPE Scholarship eligibility at two Checkpoints since Fall Term 2011 cannot regain Eligibility. A student must have been receiving HOPE to be considered as having lost HOPE.
  • First time recipients of the HOPE Scholarship must use the scholarship within seven years of graduating high school (2009 or later), receiving a successful GED test scores, or completing an eligible home school program.
  • Time served while on active-duty military service during the 7-year period may request to have that time added back to their seven year limit. Request for an Extension to the Seven-Year Expiration of Eligibility Date Due to Active Duty Military Service.
  • Students who have not received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to summer term 2011 and graduated from high school (or received successful GED test scores) 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 apply for HOPE Scholarship). (p. 23 section 105.17) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.


  • Students entering the HOPE Scholarship Program at any tier must have met residency requirements for 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the term for which HOPE Scholarship is being sought. Any student not meeting residency requirements at the time of high school, home study program or GED graduation must be a Georgia resident for 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of the term for which HOPE Scholarship is being sought. (p. 7 section 104.2) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.
  • Military Personnel that are stationed in Georgia on active duty or list Georgia as their home of record, their spouses and their dependents shall be treated as a Georgia Residents for purposes of HOPE Scholarship eligibility. Students may be required to provide additional residency verification for HOPE Scholarship. (p. 7 section 104.2) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.

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 as a HOPE Scholar (please see regulations for more detailed information (P. 13 section 105.3) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.
  • Students that graduate from an Eligible High School must meet rigor requirements. The rigor requirement does not extend to students completing a Home Study program, graduating from an ineligible high school, or students who received a diploma pursuant to a petition to the local school board in accordance to O.C.G.A. §20-2-281. (P. 12 Section 105.2) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.
  • A graduate of an ineligible high school, Home Study program or GED diploma recipient awarded after June 30, 1993 may only obtain HOPE Scholarship eligibility for the First-Tier retroactively through the 80th percentile qualification. (P. 15 Section 105 2) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.
  • Those deemed not eligible as a freshman may apply at Tier 2 (30 – 59 hours), Tier 3 (60 – 89 hours), or Tier 4 (90- 127 hours) with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the college level regardless of high school graduation status. Those that do not have a 3.0 at Tier 4 (90 hours) are unable to reapply. 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 received payment from 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 graduation counts (See definition on page 20 -21 for Attempted-Hours).
  • Credit Hours taken prior to high school graduation or home study completion or successful GED test date do not count in Attempted-Hours calculation. (See #2 on Page 20 for exceptions based on date classes attempted to this rule). 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.
  • Credit hours earned for Learning Support in Fall term 2011 or later, or accepted for Degree credit in Fall term 2011 or later do not count in Attempted-Hours calculation.
  • Students are allowed a lifetime max of 190 quarter or 127 semester hours and then they are no longer eligible for HOPE Scholarship. (p. 20 and p. 21 section 105.13) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.

Combined Paid-Hours:

  • Students are limited to a lifetime max of 190 quarter or 127 semester hours and are no longer eligible for HOPE Scholarship once their total number of Paid-Hours has accumulated from any combination of the HOPE Scholarship Program, Zell Miller Programs, HOPE Grant Program, plus Accel Program (attempted through FY 2011). (p. 23 and section 105.15) 2015-2016 HOPE Regulations Public.