Georgia HOPE Grant Program
Georgia's HOPE Grant (a separate program from the HOPE Scholarship) is available to legal residents of Georgia who are attending a Georgia public technical college or public college or university to earn a certificate or diploma regardless of high school graduation date or grade point average. To qualify for HOPE Grant funding, the certificate or diploma program must be approved by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education or be a comparable program of study approved by the Board of Regents. The certificate or diploma must be awarded and issued by the institution. Continuing education programs are not eligible for HOPE Grant funding. The grant provides full tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $300 per academic year at public institutions.
Full-time enrollment is not required, but you must be making satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility.
To receive HOPE Grant funding, students must:
1. Be enrolled in a technical certificate or diploma program at an eligible public postsecondary institution in Georgia.
2. Be a legal resident of Georgia.
3. Be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S. or have evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of eligible permanent resident alien status.
4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
5. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student is ineligible if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
6. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the college.
8. Not have received HOPE Grant payment for more than 63 semester or 95 quarter hours.