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
What you should know about HOPE & Zell Miller:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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