Hope Scholarship

Hope Scholarship Fast Facts

HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Application Forms are available in your local Registrar or Admissions Office. Fill out at the beginning of the term you begin the Associate of Applied Science and send to the Registrar’s Office.

Did You Know?

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.

10-YearLimit / 7-Year Limit and Unlimited Expiration dates

  • A student who received his or her first HOPE Scholarship payment for Summer term 2019 or later, and meets all other eligibility requirements for the HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30 following the completion of the tenth full year. A student who is Enrolled during a term which begins prior to his or her expiration of eligibility date and ends after his or her expiration of eligibility date may be paid for the term. .(pg. 24, 25 Section 105.18.1) 2020–2021 HOPE Regulations
  • A student who received his or her first HOPE Scholarship payment between Summer term 2011 and Spring term 2019, and meets all other eligibility requirements for the HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30 following the completion of the seventh full year. A student who is Enrolled during a term which begins prior to his or her expiration of eligibility date and ends after his or her expiration of eligibility date may be paid for the term. (pg. 25- Section105.18.2) 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations
  • Time served while on active-duty military service during the 7- or 10-year period may request to have that time added back to their eligibility limit. Request for an Extension to the Expiration of Eligibility Date due to Active Duty Military Service.
  • A student who received his or her first HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011 (FY2012) is not subject to the Expiration of Eligibility Limits.
  • 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.

Residency:

  • 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) 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations
  • 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 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) 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations

Eligibility Requirements:

  • For HOPE Program Specific Eligibility Requirements, please see pages.11–20, Sections 105.1–105.11) 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations

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 (p 22-24 section 105.15). 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations
  • 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 2g on page 24 for exceptions based on date classes attempted to this rule). 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations
  • 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. 22 section 105.14). 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations

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 24 section 105.16). 2020-2021 HOPE Regulations.