State Aid

HOPE – Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally – is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible public and private colleges and universities and public technical colleges in Georgia.

HOPE is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education, which also funds Georgia’s statewide pre-kindergarten program. Since the HOPE Program began in 1993, over $6.4 billion in HOPE funds have been awarded to more than 1.5 million students attending Georgia’s colleges, universities, and technical colleges. You can benefit from HOPE in several ways:

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  • Meet academic achievement standards required by the program or the college;
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  • Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  • Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  • Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program; and
  • Meet enrollment requirements.

The Dual Enrollment program, REACH Scholarship, HERO, Public Safety Memorial Grant, HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, HOPE Career Grant and Zell Miller Scholarships pay a certain amount for tuition. The amount of the award depends on the type of school the student is attending, the number of credit hours the student is enrolled in and the specific rates of the college.

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Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment Program provides for participation in Dual Credit Enrollment for Eligible High School and Home Study students. These students earn post secondary credit hours while simultaneously meeting their high school graduation or Home Study completion requirements. For more information, please review the Dual Enrollment program eligibility requirements.

REACH Georgia

REACH Georgia is a need-based youth development and scholarship program with specific financial, academic, and behavior eligibility requirements. The purpose of the REACH Program is to increase academic persistence and achievement of Georgia’s middle and high school students and to increase college access and success for Georgia’s low-income and underserved populations. Private and public donations fund the scholarships. For more information, please review the REACH Georgia program eligibility requirements.

HERO Scholarship

Georgia’s HERO Scholarship program provides educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones, and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves. For more information, please review the Georgia HERO Scholarship program eligibility requirements.

Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM)

The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM) Grant provides grant funds to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Funds may be used towards the cost of attendance at eligible colleges, universities or technical colleges in Georgia. For more information, please review the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant eligibility requirements.

The HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship Program is for students that have demonstrated academic achievement and that are seeking a college degree. There are several ways to become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, either by graduating from high school as a HOPE Scholar or by earning it while in college. For more information, please review the HOPE Scholarship program eligibility requirements.

The HOPE Grant Program

The HOPE Grant Program is for students seeking a technical certification or diploma, regardless of the student’s high school grade point average or graduation date. For more information, please review the HOPE Grant program eligibility requirements.

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and that are seeking a college degree. Generally, to become eligible, a student must graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.70 GPA and a minimum score on the SAT/ACT. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Scholarship program eligibility requirements.

The Zell Miller Grant Program

The Zell Miller Grant Program is for students seeking a technical certificate or diploma, regardless of the student’s high school grade point average or graduation date. To be eligible for the Zell Miller Grant, a student must earn and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative post secondary GPA. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Grant program eligibility requirements.

The Hope GED Grant Program

The Hope GED Grant Program is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993. The Grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books, and other educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public or private college or university. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma. For more information, please review the HOPE GED Grant program eligibility requirements.

The HOPE Career Grant

The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. Please review the HOPE Career Grant eligibility requirements and a list approved programs.

The Student Access Loan (SAL) Program

The Student Access Loan (SAL) Program is for eligible students attending an eligible USG (University System of Georgia), Private or TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia) post secondary institution in Georgia. The SAL is a 1% fixed rate loan, designed to assist undergraduate and technical college students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. Please review the SAL Loan requirements.

Click here for the SAL application disclosure information.

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