State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
The state lottery funds the merit-based HOPE Program.
Georgia residents graduating with regular diplomas may receive HOPE Scholarships by earning a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 in core academic subjects. College students may earn a HOPE scholarship if they have a qualifying GPA of 3.0 at the 30, 60, or 90 semester hour milestones. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 college GPA to remain eligible for the HOPE scholarship.
The Zell Miller Scholarship awards aid to students who (1) graduate from HOPE-qualifying high schools as the class valedictorian or salutatorian or (2) possess a minimum 3.7 GPA with 1200 SAT (26 ACT). The Zell Miller Scholarship varies based on institution and whether the student attends college part time or full time. Recipients must maintain a 3.3 college GPA to retain the scholarship.
Current seniors who apply for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships must complete four full credits from any of following Academic Rigor categories: advanced math, science, foreign language, or special core-academic courses (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Enrollment courses).
Students may receive either a HOPE or a Zell Miller Scholarship, but not both. Students who become academically ineligible for either scholarship have only one chance to regain it. Neither scholarship covers textbooks or institutional fees. Students may receive aid until they complete 127 credit hours, earn a baccalaureate degree, or seven years have elapsed since high school graduation.
Students enrolled certificate and diploma programs at public institutions may receive the HOPE Grant if they earned a minimum high school GPA of 2.0.
Students may earn the Zell Miller Grant to pursue certificate or diploma programs at eligible public postsecondary institutions. To retain the grant, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA at the end of each term.
HOPE and Zell Miller grant recipients may also be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, which provides prorated aid for students pursuing credentials in one of 12 eligible career fields.
All aid amounts, except for the HOPE Career Grant, vary based on institution that students are attending and the number of credit-hours for which they are enrolled.