Georgia's HOPE Program
Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Grant
Do I have to apply for Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, or HOPE Grant?
Yes. Regardless of whether you were a Zell Miller Scholar/Final HOPE Scholar from high school or you received Zell or HOPE at another institution, you must either complete the FAFSA or a HOPE application.
How do I apply for Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE?
There are two ways to apply for HOPE. You only need to do ONE of the following: (1) Complete the FAFSA and submit all required documents to the Financial Aid Office or (2) Complete the GSFAPPS at this website. Once you have completed one of the above mentioned applications, you will also need to complete the HOPE Scholarship Request Form which is located on the Financial Aid Department’s website (http://depts.gpc.edu/~finaid/printableforms.htm) and submit the form to the Financial Aid Office or fax to the number on the form.
Do I have to apply for Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE every academic year?
No. The GSFAPPS will roll over every academic year; however, if you only complete the FAFSA, you MUST complete a new FASFA every academic year. An academic year consists of Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Semester. Fall always begins a new academic year at Georgia Perimeter College.
What is the difference between all of the HOPE Programs?
· 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. Students who meet all other eligibility requirements may receive the HOPE Scholarship until seven years after their high school graduation, home study completion, or GED test date. For more information, please review the HOPE Scholarship regulations.
· Zell Miller Scholarship: 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 of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. Students who meet all other eligibility requirements may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship until seven years after their high school graduation. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Scholarship Regulations.
· HOPE Grant: 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 Regulations.
· HOPE GED Grant: Georgia's HOPE GED Grant is a $500 voucher 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. For more information, please review the HOPE GED Grant Regulations.
Do I have to be enrolled full-time to receive Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE?
No, you do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive the Zell Miller, the HOPE Scholarship, or the HOPE Grant.
I am a transfer student. What do I need to do to receive Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE?
You must make sure that FINAL academic transcripts from every institution that you have attended since high school have been received by Georgia Perimeter College Admissions Office. This requirement applies to all previously attended Post-Secondary Institutions regardless of whether Georgia Perimeter College accepted the hours for transfer credit; including transcripts from Technical Institutions, Out- of-State Institutions, and Foreign Institutions. If you believe that you are eligible as a transfer student, please see the above mentioned application process. Evaluations cannot be completed until ALL final transcripts have been received.
Why is there a difference between the GPA that I see on the SIS (Student
Information System) and my HOPE GPA?
Your HOPE GPA includes ALL courses that you have ever attempted regardless of whether Georgia Perimeter College accepted the courses for credit. Learning support classes and ESL courses prior to the fall 2011 semester are also included in your HOPE GPA but not in your institutional GPA. Learning support classes, ESL, and College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) courses taken the fall 2011 semester and moving forward are not included in the HOPE GPA.
When are the Zell Miller and Traditional HOPE Scholarship checkpoints?
You will be checked for HOPE eligibility at your 30th, 60th, and 90th attempted hours AND at the end of each Spring Semester.
Can I lose my Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE eligibility before I reach a HOPE checkpoint?
Yes. HOPE recipients must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards used by Georgia Perimeter College, regardless of whether or not the student has reached a HOPE checkpoint. The SAP policy can be found on Georgia Perimeter College’s website. (www.gpc.edu)
If I lose my Hope Scholarship eligibility, can I get it back?
Yes. Students have an opportunity to regain the HOPE Scholarship after they attempt 30 semester hours, 60 semester hours or 90 semester hours of study with a 3.00 cumulative HOPE GPA. Students cannot regain HOPE eligibility beyond the 90th hour checkpoint.
If I lose my Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility, can I get it back?
Yes. Students have a onetime opportunity to regain the Zell Miller Scholarship after they attempt 30 semester hours, 60 semester hours, or 90 semester hours of study with a 3.30 cumulative HOPE GPA. Students cannot regain Zell Miller eligibility beyond the 90th hour checkpoint. Students with HOPE GPAs of 3.0 to 3.29 can receive the Traditional HOPE Scholarship.
Is there a limit to how many hours HOPE will cover?
Yes. You will no longer be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship when:
You have attempted 127 hours regardless of whether HOPE paid for those hours
HOPE has paid for 127 hours (these paid hours include HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and the HOPE Accell programs)
You can only be paid Zell Miller or Traditional HOPE for up to 15 hours per term; including transient hours.
You will no longer be eligible for the HOPE Grant when:
HOPE Grant has paid for 63 semester hours.
Hours for which a student received the HOPE Grant prior to Summer 2003 are not counted as HOPE paid hours.
HOPE has paid for 127 hours (these paid hours include HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and the HOPE Accel programs)
Your HOPE GPA at the 30 attempted semester hours or 60 attempted semester hours is below a 3.0
What about Hope for transient students?
Georgia Perimeter College students who are eligible for Zell Miller and Traditional HOPE and plan to attend another school must contact the Georgia Perimeter College Financial Aid Office. Students who are enrolled at another school but want to attend Georgia Perimeter College should contact their school’s Financial Aid Office.
Where can I get additional information on the HOPE programs?
Additional information can be found at the