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HOPE

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship Program

**NEW** Students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015, must meet additional rigor requirements.

Major Criteria of the HOPE Scholarship Program

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 HOPE grade point average (GPA) to remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.
  • All college credit hours attempted after high school graduation are counted in determining the HOPE Attempted Hours and the HOPE GPA. (See below for the exception for Learning Support courses.)
  • HOPE Scholarship students will be checked to see if they are maintaining a minimum 3.0 HOPE GPA at the end of the semesters in which they have attempted their 30th, 60th, 90th hours and at the end of every spring semester.
  • The HOPE Scholarship Award Amount is calculated on a per credit hour basis, but payment is capped at 15 hours per semester.
  • HOPE Scholarship will not pay for Learning Support courses or courses that do not count towards any degree. These courses will not be counted when determining the number of hours in which a student is enrolled for HOPE Scholarship award amount purposes. NOTE: Credit hours earned for Learning Support coursework prior to Fall term 2011, are counted as Attempted Hours if such coursework was attempted by the student while he or she was enrolled in a Degree program or while he or she was enrolled in a Diploma or Certificate program and the coursework was accepted as credit toward the student’s Degree program prior to Fall term 2011.
  • Once any student has 127 HOPE Attempted Hours or has accumulated 127 HOPE Paid Hours, or has earned a bachelor’s degree, he or she is no longer eligible. This applies to all degree programs.
  • HOPE Scholarship has a 127 hour “hard” cap. For example, when a student finishes a semester with 126 HOPE Attempted or Paid Hours, the HOPE Scholarship will only provide 1 hour of the HOPE award rate for the following semester (assuming the student continues to meet other eligibility requirements).
  • Students who lose their HOPE Scholarship can only regain it one time. You cannot regain HOPE eligibility at the end of a spring term, unless that term is also a Tier checkpoint of attempted 30/60/90 semester hours with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
  • A student who has not received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30 following the completion of the seventh full year after his or her high school graduation date. Students who received HOPE Scholarship prior to summer 2011 are not subject to the 7 year limit.
  • Students can only receive a maximum of 15 hours per semester of HOPE payment.

More information regarding the HOPE Scholarship Program, including the GSFApps HOPE Scholarship application, is available on the GAcollege411 Web site.

You can review the 2017-2018 HOPE Scholarship regulations at the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) Web site.

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program

To qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must graduate from an eligible high school with at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) as calculated by HOPE Scholarship regulations, and must have scored at least a 1200 on the SAT or a 26 on the ACT in a single test administration prior to high school graduation, or be their high school Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

Initial eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Students determined eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship are subject to all the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements except they must maintain a minimum 3.3 grade point average (GPA) to maintain the Zell Miller Scholarship instead of the minimum 3.0 GPA required for HOPE Scholarship recipients. However, if you fall below the 3.3 at a designated checkpoint, you are eligible for the HOPE scholarship if you have a 3.0 GPA. Students who lose their Zell Miller Scholarship can only regain it one time. You cannot regain Zell eligibility at the end of a spring checkpoint, unless that term is also a Tier checkpoint of attempted 30/60/90 semester hours with a cumulative 3.3 grade point average.

You can review the 2016-2017 Zell Miller Scholarship regulations at the GSFC Web site. More information regarding the Zell Miller Scholarship Program, including the GSFApps Zell Miller Scholarship application, is available at the GAcollege411 Web Site.

HOPE Zell Miller
High School Eligibility Requirements A high school GPA of 3.0 as calculated by GSFC A high school GPA of 3.7 as calculated by GSFC AND an SAT score of 1200 or ACT of 26.
College Eligibility Requirements Maintain a 3.0 HOPE GPA Maintain a 3.3 HOPE GPA
Check-points (Losing and regaining awards) Eligibility is checked at the end of each Spring semester and when 30, 60, and 90 credit hours have been attempted.Once lost, eligibility can be regained just once, and only at the 30, 60, 90 attempted hour checkpoints. Eligibility is checked at the end of each Spring semester and when 30, 60, and 90 credit hours have been attempted.Once lost, eligibility can be regained just once, and only at the 30, 60, 90 attempted hour checkpoints.
Time and Credit Hour Limits HOPE can be received either

  • until the student has attempted 127 hours

OR

  • until 127 hours have been paid through the combination of HOPE/Zell Miller/HOPE Grant/Accel,

HOPE eligibility may end seven (7) years from the date of high school graduation.

Zell Miller can be received either

  • until the student has attempted 127 hours

OR

  • until 127 hours have been paid through the combination of HOPE/Zell Miller/HOPE Grant/Accel,

Zell Miller eligibility may end seven (7) years from the date of high school graduation.

Award Amounts Awards are based on anticipated enrollment in 15 credit hours each semester.For the 2015-2016 Aid Year, the maximum HOPE will pay a semester based on 15 credit hours is $1335, or $89 per credit hour. For students who are approaching the credit hour limit described above, awards are reduced based on remaining eligibility. Awards are based on anticipated enrollment in at least 15 hours each semester. For the 2015-2016 Aid Year, Zell Miller will pay 100% of the tuition (excluding fees). For students who are approaching the credit hour limit described above, awards are reduced based on remaining eligibility.
Payment Amounts Actual payment amounts for HOPE will be pro-rated down for students enrolled in fewer than 15 eligible hours. Actual payment amounts for Zell Miller will be for exact tuition charges assessed by Student Accounts for eligible courses.
How to Apply  Annually, complete the FAFSA or HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Only application. With the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Only application, the student must have a GSFAPPS application on file with GSFC. It will remain in GSFC’s system as a valid application for 84 consecutive months following the application’s approval date. Annually, complete the FAFSA or HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Only application. With the “HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Only” application, the student must have a GSFAPPS application on file with GSFC, it will remain in GSFC’s system as a valid application for 84 consecutive months following the application’s approval date.
Appeals Process If your final award notice from our office did not include the HOPE scholarship and you believe you should qualify, appeal directly to GSFC. Please notify our office of the outcome once a determination is made. If your final award notice from our office did not include the Zell Miller scholarship and you believe you should qualify, appeal directly to GSFC. Please notify our office of the outcome once a determination is made.

Transient Enrollment

Eligible ABAC students attending other HOPE eligible institutions as transients must complete the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Form.

Students from other colleges enrolled at ABAC as a transient student and are receiving the HOPE Scholarship at their home college should contact the financial aid office at their college about certifying their HOPE Scholarship eligibility for the ABAC Office of Financial Aid. Once the certification is posted to the stated website, the Office of Financial Aid can then award the HOPE Scholarship for the ABAC course(s).