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The HOPE Program

Since it started in 1993, Georgia's HOPE Program has been invaluable to Georgia college students and remains one of the nation's best and most accessible state college financial aid programs. Each year, tens of thousands of students at the colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia benefit from the HOPE program.

Georgia's HOPE program provides TCSG students with the financial assistance that they need to earn their college education and launch rewarding careers as part of Georgia's world-class workforce. It includes the HOPE Grant and HOPE Scholarship, which pay for a significant portion of college tuition.  High-achieving students are eligible for the Zell Miller Grant and Zell Miller Scholarship, which will pay for all of their tuition. For TCSG students, the grants can be used for certificate and diploma programs, while the scholarships are for associate degree programs.

The HOPE Program includes the:

HOPE Grant (pays most tuition for TCSG certificate and diploma programs)
Georgia's HOPE Grant is available to residents of Georgia who enroll at any TCSG college (or in a technical division program at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia) to earn a certificate or diploma, regardless of high school graduation date or GPA upon graduation.

  • New students can enroll at a TCSG college using the HOPE Grant regardless of high school GPA.

  • The HOPE Grant will pay a significant percentage of TCSG standard tuition.

  • Once enrolled, students must earn and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to keep the HOPE Grant.

  • GPAs will be checked at 30 and 60 semester hours. If lost, the HOPE Grant can be regained one time at a GPA checkpoint. However, if you lost the HOPE Grant between 2011 and 2013 because your GPA fell below 3.0, you may be able to regain the grant as long as your GPA remained 2.0 or above. You should contact a TCSG college for more information regarding possibly regaining the HOPE Grant. All HOPE Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.

  • All HOPE Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.

  • The HOPE Grant can be used for learning support classes and/or dual enrollment courses, which don't count in the Grant GPA and checkpoint calculations. Learning support hours do count toward the HOPE Grant hours cap; dual enrollment hours do not.

  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the HOPE Grant.

  • Students must meet Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately before the first day of classes for the college term for which the HOPE Grant is sought. Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before enrolling. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).

  • Books and fees are not covered. However, students may be eligible for additional financial assistance through Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant. In most cases, the SIWDG can be combined with the HOPE Grant to pay for all of tuition as well as books and fees in certain approved SIWDG programs of study.

  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.

Zell Miller Grant (pays all of tuition for TCSG certificate and diploma programs)
Starting in Fall Semester 2014, the Zell Miller Grant will pay 100% of tuition for students who enroll in certificate or diploma programs at a TCSG college or a technical division program at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia.

  • To obtain the Zell Miller Grant, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better after the completion of a college semester, then maintain the minimum GPA at the end of each subsequent semester (the Zell Miller Grant GPA requirement is different for the standard HOPE grant, which requires a GPA checkpoint at 30 and 60 semester hours).

  • There is no high school GPA requirement for the Zell Miller Grant. To qualify, all students, regardless of age at enrollment, must complete a college semester with a 3.5 GPA or better using the standard HOPE Grant; they will be retroactively awarded the balance of the Zell Miller Grant for the previous semester after verification that they achieved the minimum 3.5 GPA. The payment can be awarded retroactively only one time.

  • Books and fees are not covered, but students can combine the Zell Miller Grant with additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, as long as they are enrolled in courses in an approved SIWDG program of study.

  • Students who lose the Zell Miller Grant will still qualify for the HOPE Grant as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA at the required checkpoints.

  • Dual and joint enrollment students are not eligible for the Zell Miller Grant until after they graduate from high school and complete their first full qualifying college semester.

  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the Zell Miller Grant.

  • All HOPE Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.

  • Students must meet Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately before the first day of classes for the college term for which the Zell Miller Grant is sought. Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before enrolling. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).

  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.