WHAT IS THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) programs are funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education. HOPE scholarships are available to eligible Georgia residents who graduated from a HOPE-approved high school. Students not eligible out of high school can gain HOPE after attempting 30 semester hours as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. In 2011, changes were made to the HOPE Scholarship program and the Zell Miller Scholarship was established.
HOPE Scholarship: Graduating high school seniors must have at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) as determined by Georgia Student Finance Commision (GSFC). HOPE recipients must also maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average while in college.
Zell Miller Scholarship: Graduating high school seniors must have at least a 3.7 GPA as determined by Georgia Student Finance Commision (GSFC). In addition, students must have at least a 1200 SAT combined Reading and Math Score or 26 ACT score from one test sitting. Valedictorians and Salutatorians as reported to GSFC automatically qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship. While in college, Zell Miller recipients must maintain a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
Effective Fall 2011, the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships will not pay for Learning Support coursework.
Starting Fall 2011, the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships will no longer pay for institutional fees or provide a book allowance.
Awards posted in ELROY are based on anticipated enrollment in 15 credit hours per semester. Once registered, awards will pay based on enrollment in eligible credit hours.
More information can be found at www.GAcollege411.org. If you have questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at (706) 737-1431 or contact GSFC at (800) 505-4732.
Keep track of your HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship hours!
To view your Attempted hours, go to Elroy, click “Student,” then “View Student Information,” select the most recent term, and scroll down to “HOPE Eligibility Status.”
To view your Paid hours, log into www.GAcollege411.org, select the “Financial Aid Planning” tab, and then select “Scholarship and Grant Status/Info” located under “Quicklinks.”
HOW TO APPLY :
First, you must complete the current year FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you are not a current recipient at ASU, please also submit a HOPE Scholarship Request Form. Graduating high school seniors do not need to submit a request form. GSFC reports eligible students in early July. Please check with our office after July 15th if you believe that you are eligible but have not yet been awarded.
Transient Students: If you are a transient student attending Augusta State University, your HOME Institution must electronically send a HOPE Transient Certificate of Eligibility to our office before we will be able to award funds. Depending upon your HOME Institution's transient policy, you may need to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed. Your HOME Institution must be a HOPE-approved institution in order to receive funds.
If you are an ASU student attending elsewhere as a transient, please submit a copy of your Request for Transient Studies Form to our office.
***You must complete and transmit the current year FAFSA no later than the last day of the term for which you are seeking the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship in order to be considered for that term.
HOPE GED, ACCEL, and HOPE GRANT
HOPE GED: Students who receive their GED from the state of Georgia are eligible for a one time $500 award to be used towards college costs. For more information, click here.
ACCEL: Eligible high school juniors and seniors may joint-enroll at Augusta State University and receive ACCEL funds to cover college costs. Students will receive awards covering full tuition, $190 towards fees, and a book allowance ($150 if enrolled at least half time, $75 for less than half time). Interested students should speak to their high school counselors for additional details.
HOPE Grant: The HOPE Grant is not available at Augusta State University. It is only available at technical colleges.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the ASU Financial Aid Office at (706) 737-1431. For the complete HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Program regulations, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission's web site address at www.gsfc.org.
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