HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is available only to degree-seeking undergraduate students who meet the definition of a Georgia Resident for HOPE Scholarship Purposes.


HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a cumulative 3.0 HOPE GPA at the end of each spring semester to continue eligibility. In addition to these requirements traditional and nontraditional students must have a 3.0 cumulative HOPE GPA after the 30th, 60th and 90th attempted hour. If the student does not meet the GPA requirements at 90 hours, he/she cannot regain his/her eligibility.

In all cases, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen and meet the requirements to be classified as a Georgia resident according to University System of Georgia (USG) in-state tuition policy for either 12 or 24 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE Scholarship is sought.

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled at a USG eligible postsecondary institution in matriculated status leading to a degree.
  • Be a legal resident of Georgia for tuition purposes.
  • Register with Selective Service (men only).
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Post secondary Education Act of 1990.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a federal or state financial aid program.
  • Not have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

HOPE Scholarship Application Deadlines

Students must have an application submitted by the last day of the semester in which they are seeking the HOPE Scholarship. The Office of Student Financial Aid has established the following deadlines for applications:

FALL SEMESTER: November 17

Note: If additional information is required, it must be submitted within 15 days of request.

Georgia State University Plus/Minus Grading System

The University implemented a Plus/Minus grading system in the Fall of 2007. However, for the purpose of calculating the cumulative GPA for HOPE Scholarship eligibility only letter grades of A – F will continue to be used and Plus/Minus will not be considered.

Award Amounts

Percentage (%) of tuition to be paid will be determined annually.

Percentage for Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree students is 81.68% of tuition for 15 hours. Actual HOPE payments will be made on a “per credit hour” enrolled basis rate of $285.27.

Percentage for Undergraduate Associate degree students is 88.04% of tuition for 15 hours. Actual HOPE payments will be made on a “per credit hour” enrolled basis rate of $90.87.

To determine what your HOPE payment and remaining balance may be, download the appropriate chart on the left of this page.

Length of Scholarship

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, even if Zell Miller funds did not pay for those credits.

There are no exceptions covering extra hours needed for dual-degree programs, second majors, or change in major.

Eligibility ends when a student receives 127semester credits of payment from any combination of Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarship, Paid-Hours, plus HOPE Grant Paid-Hours (effective Summer 2003), plus, ACCEL Paid-Hours (effective fall 2004) through spring 2011.

Once a student reaches either the Attempted-Hours limit or the Combined Paid-Hours limit, he or she is no longer eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.

Attempted Hours Limit 
All credit hours attempted after high school graduation are calculated when determining Zell Miller eligibility, even if they are not accepted by Georgia State University, were taken outside of the state of Georgia or at an institution in a foreign country or unaccredited institution. Credits attempted as part of a technical Certificate or Diploma program of study are only counted as Attempted-Hours if any post-secondary institution ever accepted those hours as credit hours toward a degree. Credits hours forgiven by the institution are included in the calculations. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that Georgia State has transcripts from all institutions of higher learning (post high school graduation) in order for the Office of Student Financial Aid to accurately determine the student’s Zell Miller eligibility. Eligibility ends when a student attempts 127 credit hours, even if Zell Miller funds did not pay for those credits.

NOTE: The HOPE GPA does not necessarily match the cumulative GPA shown in PAWS. Please contact the Financial Management Center with inquiries regarding your HOPE GPA.

Combined Paid Hours Limit 
All hours for which students received payment from Accel, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarship program are included in calculating the total Combined Paid hours.

Regaining Eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship

Students who lose the HOPE scholarship at a 30, 60 or 90 hour checkpoint, or an End-of-Spring checkpoint may regain eligibility if they have a 3.0 at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.

After a student has attempted 90 credits, he or she cannot be reevaluated. Students who lost the HOPE Scholarship at one of the checkpoints and now have a 3.0 at 60th or 90th check point are required to complete a HOPE Scholarship Institutional Application (HSIA) in addition to the FAFSA and/or GSFAPPS to be reviewed again for HOPE eligibility.

Note: A student who has lost HOPE Scholarship Eligibility at two Checkpoints since fall semester 2011 cannot regain eligibility.

Seven Year Limit

A student who has not received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30 following the completion of the seventh full year after the date of high school graduation; or Home Study completion; or successful GED test date.

A student that serves on active duty in the military during the seven year period after his or her high school graduation, Home Study completion or successful GED test date will have that active duty period of his or her military service added to the seven year limit.

A student who received a HOPE Scholarship award prior to Summer term 2011 is not subject to the Seven Year Limit.

For More Information

For more information on the HOPE Scholarship, or to view the HOPE regulations, please contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC): 770-724-9000 or 800-505-GSFC (4732) or GAfutures.org.