HOPE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - 2

I am a HOME schooled student. Am I eligible to receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

A Georgia resident student who graduates from a home study program may be eligible to receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship at the first tier if an evaluation of the student's transcript and SAT/ACT scores determines such student to be a HOPE/Zell Miller Scholar.

  • Please submit a copy of your final transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Georgia Student Finance Commission for evaluation.

A student who is not eligible as a freshman will be reevaluated after attempting 30 college credit hours.

I am a Georgia Resident, but I graduated from an out of state high school. Am I eligible for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

Georgia residents that graduated from an out of state high school must forward their final high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores to Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) to be evaluated for eligibility as an entering freshman.

Upon approval by (GSFC), the student should submit the approval letter to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA).

A student who is not eligible as a freshman will be reevaluated after attempting 30 college credit hours.

I was accepted as an out of state resident and I graduated from a Georgia high school. Am I eligible for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

If the institution grants a Military Personnel Out-Of-State tuition waiver for a First-Tier student and that student has graduated from an eligible High School as a HOPE Scholar, then the student meets the Georgia Residency requirements as a First-Tier student. No Out-Of-State tuition waiver, other than for Military Personnel and their dependents qualify students for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility.

My major requires more than 127 hours, will the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship pay?

The HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship will not pay beyond 127 hours attempted even if your major requires additional hours.

If the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship did not pay for a semester will those hours count against my attempted hours?

Degree credit hours are counted as attempted hours regardless of whether the student receives payment for those hours from the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship.

I am a Georgia Resident and have a status as an eligible Permanent Resident Alien; can I receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

A student may be eligible for the HOPE/ Zell Miller Scholarship if he/she has held the status of permanent resident alien for 12 months prior to the first day of the term he/she is seeking the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship. The student must submit to the OSFA documentation of eligible non-citizen status.

Do I have to enrolled full time to receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

A student is not required to be enrolled full time to receive the HOPE/ Zell Miller Scholarship.

Can a CO-OP Student receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

If a student is enrolled in the CO-OP program and registers for additional credit hours, the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship will pay for the eligible credit hours enrolled excluding CO-OP hours.

I will be a Transient Student at an out-of -state institution; will the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship pay?

No, the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship is awarded based on your enrollment at a HOPE eligible institution within the state of Georgia.

How do I know if I am a Georgia Resident? If I am not a resident, when will I become a resident and ne eligible to receive HOPE?

Georgia residency is determined by the Office of the Registrar and governed by the Board of Regents University System of Georgia in-state tuition policy.

  • In general a first-tier student meets the Georgia residency requirements if he or she met the requirements to be classified as a Georgia Resident on the day of high school graduation or completion of a Home Study program and has meet such Georgia residency requirement for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of class.
  • Students who were not determined to be Georgia residents on the day of their high school graduation or completion of a Home Study program, such student must meet the Georgia residency requirements for 24 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of class of the school term for which the HOPE Scholarship is sought.

If a student has HOPE/Zell Miller, and their parents leave Georgia after the student states college, can the student retain residency?

Yes, a student can retain Georgia residency for purposes of the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship,  even if the student's parents leave Georgia if the student was correctly determined to be a Georgia resident at the time of admission to the university and the student has begun his/her post-secondary coursework.