Georgia Hope Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship Program in Georgia (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally)

The HOPE Scholarship Program is funded entirely by an unlikely entity - The Georgia Lottery for Education.  The HOPE Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school.  This organization also funds the statewide Pre-K Program within Georgia.  Having commenced in 1993, the HOPE Program has awarded in excess of $9.4 billion to over 1.75 million student recipients studying and attending Georgia colleges, Georgia technical colleges and Georgia universities.

This wonderful Georgia scholarship program is made available to top achieving, dedicated students who have accomplished noteworthy academic achievement and are diligently seeking a college degree.  To be eligible for scholarship, a student can either earn a high school diploma as a HOPE Scholar or earn the HOPE Scholarship while attending college.

The Georgia HOPE Scholarship Program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GFSC).  The GFSC VISION STATEMENT is:  Our vision is to be the premier provider of student financial aid and educational services for Georgians.  The GFSC MISSION STATEMENT is:   Our mission is to promote and increase access to education beyond high school for Georgians.

The state programs eligibility requirements for HOPE are as follows:


*   Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

*   Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.

*   Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program.

*   Be a legal resident of Georgia.

*   Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

*   Be registered with Selective Service, if required.


To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must meet one of the academic requirements as follows:


*   Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status. 

*  Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school with a 3.0 using the HOPE grade point average calculation.

*   Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 using the HOPE grade point average calculation.

*   Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, or earn a GED, on or after July 1, 2014 and score in the national composite 80th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT prior to graduating, home study completion date or GED test date. 

*   Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework.  This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.      

The above information regarding the HOPE Scholarship Program is designed to provide interested parties with an overview of this incomparable educational opportunity and is certainly subject to change.  Furthermore, this information is perceived to be totally true and correct; however, it is not warranted.

To ensure that you are receiving full, current details regarding this wonderful Georgia HOPE Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact GSFC as follows:

          Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC)


          Phone:  770-724-9000 (In Metro Atlanta)   or   800-505-4732 (Toll Free)