HOPE Scholarship Programs
HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. A Hope Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (as determined by the GSFC) based on classes taken in English, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Foreign Language and meet certain course rigor requirements (as determined by the GSFC) . The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.
HOPE Grant is available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma at a two-year college. A HOPE Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative post high school grade point average to remain eligible but there are no high school GPA requirements. The grant provides tuition assistance to students enrolled at a HOPE Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.
Zell Miller Scholarship
Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents, similar to the HOPE Scholarship, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance. A Zell Miller Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average based on classes taken in English, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Foreign Language combined with a minimum SAT score of 1,200 on the math and reading portions or a minimum composite ACT score of 26 in single national test administration and maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. Eligible students are provided full-tuition assistance while pursuing an undergraduate degree to attend a Zell Miller Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.
Who Calculates the HOPE GPA?
The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) calculates the HOPE GPA. HOPE GPAs are not calculated by high schools and are not listed on the high school transcript
Where Can I find my HOPE GPA?
Students can keep track of their HOPE GPA by creating an account with GA Futures (www.gafutures.org) and clicking on My Hope GPA.
How Do I Apply for the HOPE Scholarship?
Students can apply their senior year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or If not completing FAFSA, through www.gafutures.org (GSFAPPS). Final qualification will be calculated after your spring semester grades are posted to your transcript in late May or early June. North Cobb will send your transcript electronically to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), and they will determine if you are eligible for the HOPE. If you qualify, your college of choice will get the verification from the GSFC and you will be charged the appropriate tuition.
For more details on HOPE Scholarship calculation, requirements and procedures, see www.gafutures.org.