STATE Of GEORGIA PROGRAMS

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.

Award Amounts
Award amounts vary and are determined by the State.

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

Eligibility  - HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a cumulative 3.0 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 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  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.
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

 Attempted Hours Limit -- All credit hours attempted after high school graduation are calculated when determining  eligibility, even if they are not accepted by Morehouse College, Credits hours forgiven by the institution are included in the calculations. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that Morehouse College has transcripts from all institutions of higher learning (post high school graduation) in order for the Office of Financial Aid to accurately determine the student’s eligibility. Eligibility ends when a student attempts 120 credit hours.

Morehouse College has a Plus/Minus grading system, 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

NOTE: The HOPE GPA does not necessarily match the cumulative GPA shown in BANNER. Please contact Office of Financial Aid with inquiries regarding your HOPE GPA.

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.

 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 notify the Office of Financial Aid to be reviewed again for HOPE eligibility

 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. 

Note: If additional information is required, it must be submitted within 10 days of request.

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 http://www.gacollege411.org/

 

Zell Miller Scholarship
The Zell Miller Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. The Scholarship is available only to degree-seeking undergraduate students who meet the definition of a Georgia Resident for HOPE Scholarship purposes.

 The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The purpose of the program is to encourage the academic achievement of Georgia’s high school students and Georgians seeking degrees from postsecondary institutions located in Georgia.

 Award Amounts
Award amounts are determined by the State.

Length of Scholarship
For the school term in which a student reaches the Attempted-Hours or Combined Paid-Hours limit of 120 semester hours, the student can be paid ONLY for the hours up to the Attempted-Hours or Combined Paid-Hours limit. There are no exceptions covering extra hours needed for dual-degree programs, second majors, or change in major.
Once a student reaches either the Attempted-Hours limit or the Combined Paid-Hours limit, he or she is no longer eligible for the Scholarship.

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 for either 12 or 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the Scholarship is sought.

 Graduated from an eligible high school in 2011 or beyond:
Have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT OR graduate as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school OR graduate from an ineligible high school with a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT AND achieve at least a 3.3 HOPE GPA at the 30 semester hour check-point in college.

 First entered college in 2007 or beyond:
Have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT or having graduated as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school AND must have had at least a 3.3 postsecondary HOPE GPA at the most recent check-point.

 Note: If a student did not or does not graduate from high school academically eligible for Zell Miller, then the student can never earn Zell Miller. Students may get awarded Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarship, but not both.

 Additional eligibility requirements:

    • Be enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in a 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.
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Maintain a 3.3 GPA in college at all checkpoints.

 

Zell Miller Scholarship Application Deadlines
Students must have an application submitted by the last day of the semester in which they are seeking the Zell Miller Scholarship.

Note: If additional information is required, it must be submitted within 10 days of request.

 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 Morehouse College, taken outside of the state of Georgia or at an institution in a foreign country or unaccredited institution. 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 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.

 Morehouse College  has a Plus/Minus grading system, however, for the purpose of calculating the cumulative GPA for Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility only letter grades of A – F are used and Plus/Minus will not be considered.NOTE: The required Scholarship GPA does not necessarily match the cumulative GPA shown in BANNER. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with inquiries regarding your Scholarship GPA.

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

 Regaining Eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship
Students who lose the Zell Miller Scholarship at any checkpoint may still get HOPE Scholarship, assuming all requirements, including the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met.
A student may regain the Zell Miller Scholarship after losing it at a checkpoint only one time. A student may regain eligibility if they have a 3.3 at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.

If a student loses the Zell Miller Scholarship a second time, the student may still keep the HOPE Scholarship, assuming all requirements, including the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met.
When a student loses Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship, simultaneously by dropping below a 3.0 HOPE GPA, the student would be considered as losing both Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship. If a student loses Zell Miller and retains HOPE Scholarship, but then loses HOPE twice, the student would no longer be eligible to regain Zell Miller.

For More Information
For more information on the Zell Miller Scholarship, or to view the Zell Miller Scholarship regulations, please contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC): 770-724-9000 or 800-505-GSFC (4732) or www.gacollege411.org


Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Program
The Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant is funded by the State of Georgia to Georgia resident students who meet the residency status, academic classification, minimum academic load, and other eligibility requirements. The amount is stipulated by the state legislature each year. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours.