HOPE Scholarship Changes

Be aware and be prepared for the following revised benefits and eligibility requirements for the HOPE Scholarship. Please consult with your school counselor or a financial aid counselor to determine your HOPE eligibity, or for any questions or concerns regarding these changes.

Effective Fall 2011

  • Eliminated full payment of tuition
  • Percentage (%) of tuition to be paid will be determined annually
  • Percentage for academic year 2011-2012 will be 87% of tuition for 15 hours at Georgia State University. Actual HOPE payments will be made on a “per credit hour” enrolled basis rate of $212.10
  • Eliminated Book Allowances
  • Eliminated payment of Mandatory Fees
  • Remedial classes are not covered by the HOPE scholarship.
  • Eligible students can continue to receive HOPE scholarship until they have attempted a maximum of 127 semester hours. For the school term in which a student reaches the Attempted-Hours or Combined Paid-Hours limit of 127 semester hours, the student can be paid ONLY for the hours up to the Attempted-Hours or Combined Paid-Hours limit. Example: Student has 120 attempted hours and enrolled in 9 hours for semester. Payment will only be made for 7 hours.
  • Students may lose and regain Regular HOPE or the Zell Miller scholarship one time.
  • Students have a time limit of 7 years to benefit from the HOPE Scholarship after high school.
    • Students that receive HOPE Scholarship for the first time during summer 2011 (FY12) or later have 7 years from the date of high school graduation (some students might immediately reach their expiration dates).
    • Students that received at least one HOPE Scholarship disbursement prior to summer 2011 (FY12), will have an expiration date of June 30, 2015.
    • Expiration date is June 30th of the 7th academic year following the date of HS graduation or equivalent (home school graduation or GED test date).
    • Active duty military members get active service time credit. GSFC will develop a process/form for students to submit documentation. Student must submit form and documentation to GSFC (to be posted soon). Months and years will be added to the expiration date, and then the date will be moved to June 30th of that academic year.

Zell Miller Scholarship

  • Zell Miller Scholarship will cover tuition at 100% for an academic year.
  • Student must have a 3.7 GPA graduating from an eligible high school.
  • Students must, in addition to the 3.7 GPA, have a combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or at least a 26 Composite ACT score. Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college to keep the Zell Miller scholarship. These test scores must come from a single test sitting.  Must have entered college in 2007 or later.
  • A valedictorian and salutatorian from each high school will be eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or ACT/SAT requirements.  Only one each per high school is named each year.
  • Students who entered a HOPE–eligible institution as a freshman between May 2007 and July 2010 and are in college now with a 3.3 GPA at the most recent checkpoint and had a 3.7 GPA graduating from an eligible high school are eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship.  Students must, in addition to the 3.7 GPA, have a combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or at least a 26 Composite ACT score in a single test sitting.
  • Students graduating from an ineligible high school or were home-schooled may be eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship retroactively only, if they have at least a 3.3 GPA after 30 semester attempted hours, and had the ACT/SAT test score required at the time of high school graduation or home study completion.
  • Students who drop below the college 3.3 GPA can earn Regular HOPE if their GPA remains at 3.0 or above.

Visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission website at http://www.gacollege411.org/ for final regulations to the HOPE Scholarship program.