HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarship


Georgia Student Finance Commission offers a variety of state-funded scholarships. These include the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE GED Scholarship and HOPE Accel.

HOPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Students Educationally) is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education. These scholarships are available to eligible Georgia residents who graduated from a HOPE-approved high school. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) as determined by Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). HOPE recipients must also maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average while in college. Students who are not eligible out of high school can gain eligibility after attempting 30 semester hours as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. HOPE awards are based on credit hours of enrollment. HOPE Scholarship rates can be found on the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) website at www.GAfutures.org. HOPE does not cover fees, books or Learning Support coursework. 

Zell Miller Scholarship, like HOPE is funded by the Georgia Lottery for education and is for eligible Georgia residents who graduated from a HOPE-approved high school. Graduating high school seniors must have at least a 3.7 GPA as determined by 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. The Zell Miller Scholarship will cover full tuition for all eligible credit hours. It does not cover fees, books or Learning Support coursework.

What you should know about HOPE & Zell Miller:

  1. Students must meet Georgia residency requirements. Students receiving a military out-of-state tuition waiver may be eligible under new guidelines. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
  2. Students' grade point average is reviewed at the end of each Spring Semester as well as after the 30th, 60th or 90th attempted semester hour. This includes attempted courses at all prior institutions attended as well as Augusta University.
  3. If you lose eligibility due to failure to maintain the required GPA, you are eligible to reapply at the 30th, 60th or 90th attempted semester hour. Students may only regain eligibility one time and will then no longer be able to reapply if they lose eligibility again. Students who lose Zell Miller eligibility may still receive HOPE Scholarship funds provided their GPA is at least 3.0.
  4. The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships only pay up to 127 attempted semester hours or 127 paid hours, which includes prior institution attempted hours and Augusta University attempted hours. Attempted hours include any letter grade of A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, I, IP. Learning support coursework attempted effective Fall 2011 does not count towards HOPE attempted hours. Additionally there is a hard cap of 127 attempted/paid hours. Therefore students close to the cap will only receive payment for their remaining hours up to 127. 
  5. Students have 7 years from their high school/home school/GED completion date to use HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship funds. Students who received HOPE funds prior to Summer 2011 will remain eligible until June 30, 2015. Students who serve in the military after high school graduation may receive an extension to this limit. For more information, click here.
  6. All grades count in the GPA calculation. This includes the first attempt for any course you repeat. The Augusta University GPA will vary from the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA if courses were repeated. 
  7. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by our institutional policy. 

HOPE GED is for students who receive their GED from the state of Georgia. This is a one-time $500 award to be used towards college costs.

HOPE ACCEL is for eligible high school students (grades 9th through 12th) who are classified as “dual- enrolled” at Augusta University. The award covers the cost of tuition. It does not cover fees or books.

For more information about these HOPE Scholarship Programs, please visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission website or www.GAfutures.org.


How to Apply for HOPE

HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship

To apply for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov or the GSFapps at www.GAfutures.org. If the student is not a current HOPE or Zell recipient at Augusta University, a HOPE Scholarship Request Form must be submitted. Graduating high school seniors do not need to submit a request form. The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) report eligible students in early July. Students should notify our office after July 15th if they believe they are eligible but have not yet been awarded. 

*Note: Students who are admitted starting summer semester must complete two FAFSAs. For example, for Summer 2013, students should complete the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 FAFSAs. 

HOPE GED

To apply for HOPE GED, students must have received a GED diploma from the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education after June 30, 1993. Students will receive a HOPE GED voucher from Georgia Student Finance Commission. This voucher must be submitted to the Office of Student Federal Aid. Students must also complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

HOPE Accel

To apply for HOPE Accel, students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in an eligible high school and dual enrolled at Augusta University. Students must complete the Accel application on the Georgia Student Finance Commission website and submit it to their high school. The high school will certify the application and send the student's information to Augusta University Office of Academic Admissions

Transient Students

Transient students attending Augusta University must have their HOME institution electronically send a HOPE Transient Certificate of Eligibility to our office before we will be able to award funds. Depending upon the student's HOME institution's transient policy, the student may need to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed. The student's HOME institution must be a HOPE-approved institution in order to receive funds. 

Augusta University students attending elsewhere as a transient must submit the Statement of Intent for Consortium Study to our office. 

FATV Icon 19