HOPE SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT PROGRAM*
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending college in Georgia. The HOPE Scholarship includes tuition at approved Georgia public colleges and universities. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Georgia high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep the HOPE Scholarship while in in college. The GPA utilized for HOPE/Zell Miller can only be located on gafutures and not the individual transcripts processed at the student’s zoned school.
The Zell Miller Scholarship program is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and are seeking a college degree. Generally, to become eligible, a student must graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.70 GPA combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration.
Please review the following site for the state approved list of rigorous courses: https://www.gafutures.org. Please note that not all classes are offered in Henry County Schools, and not all classes are offered at every school.
Beginning in the 2018 and beyond school year a student must earn credit in four (4) of the following categories:1) Advanced math, such as GSE Algebra II, GSE Pre-Calculus, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;2) Advanced science, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;3) Advanced Placement courses in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language);4) International Baccalaureate courses in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies and foreign language);5) Courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia in core subjects (English, math, science, social studies and foreign language) where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses; or6) Advanced foreign language courses.
Georgia's HOPE Grant (a separate program from the HOPE Scholarship) is available to residents of Georgia who are attending eligible colleges or universities in Georgia to earn a certificate or diploma regardless of high school graduation date or grade point average. However, continuing education programs are not eligible. Beginning in the Fall 2011, the HOPE Grant Award Amount will cover a portion of a student's tuition.
The following is a list of requirements for eligibility to receive HOPE (This information is subject to change based on action by the Georgia legislature):
1. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
2. You must be a legal Georgia resident, which in most cases means that you must have lived in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months at the time you graduate from high school. Dependent children of military personnel stationed in Georgia are eligible if they graduate from a Georgia high school.
3. You must attend one of the 107 approved colleges, universities, or technical institutes in Georgia to be eligible for HOPE. Out-of-state schools are not eligible.
4. If you decide to attend a public postsecondary school in a degree program, you must meet GPA requirements to be eligible.
Additional information is available from your counseling office and through: Georgia Student Finance Commission 2082 East Exchange Place, Tucker, Georgia 30084, (770) 724-9030 or 1-800-776-6878; FAX (770) 724-9089