Hope Scholarship

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship supports academically brighter students at Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. For more information regarding this, do read the blog.

Posted by Deepthi Raj on 16th February 2018

Hope Scholarship

  • Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship is a merit-based honor offered to Georgia students who exhibit academic excellence.

  • The HOPE Scholarship is also known as the Lottery Scholarship

  • A Hope Scholarship receiver essentially should graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0-grade point average

  • Students should maintain a minimum of 3.0 aggregate, postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible.

  • This scholarship offers you with tuition aid to pursue an undergraduate degree at any HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.

  • A seven-year limit exists for students receiving the HOPE Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year

What qualifies you for HOPE scholarship?

  • Students selected for HOPE Scholarship must have an aggregate of 3.0 HOPE GPA at the end of each spring semester in order to continue their eligibility

  • Furthermore, traditional and non-traditional students should have an aggregate of 3.0 HOPE GPA after the 30th, 60th and 90th attempted hour

  • Students eligibility can be denied if he/she fail to meet the GPA requirements at 90 hours

  • Overall, a disciple must essentially be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen and hold the necessities to be termed as a Georgia resident by the University System of Georgia (USG) in-state education procedure for either 12 or 24 successive months instantly prior to the beginning of classes of the school term

  • A student should enroll at a USG eligible postsecondary institution in registered status important to a degree

  • A student should be a resident of Georgia for tuition purposes

  • Male candidates should Register with Selective Service

  • A student should be obedience to the Georgia Drug-Free Post-Secondary Education Act of 1990

  • A student should not own any sort of refund on a federal or state financial aid program

  • Students should not have a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Each student must maintain an overall satisfactory academic result

How do I apply for HOPE scholarship?

Student need to complete the following applications in order to qualify for HOPE scholarship

  • Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS)

    • Step 1 - After logging in, click on “HOPE & State programs” icon

    • Step 2 - Click on “State Aid application”.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The steps for application is as follows:

    • Step 1 - Get the Federal Student Aid(FSA) ID

    • Step 2 - Complete the FAFSA

    • Step 3 - Students should check for their Student Aid Report(SAR) after submitting FAFSA to the Central Processing System(CPS)

    • Step 4 - Requested documents should be provided to UGA Office of Student Financial Aid(OSFA)

    • Step 5 - Federal financial aid will be allotted once all the financial aid requirements are satisfied and Basic Student Edibility Requirements are met.

    • Step 6 - Students need to check Award Status to access Application Status on Athena, or Awards on Athena

How can you regain hope scholarship?

  • Students denied form the HOPE scholarship at a 30, 60 or 90-hour frontier, or an End-of-Spring frontier can retain their eligibility if they have a GPA of 3.0 at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.

  • Once a student has attempted 90 credits, he/she cannot be re-examined. 

  • Students who lost the HOPE Scholarship at one of the checkpoints and now have a 3.0 at 60th or 90th checkpoint are required to complete a HOPE Scholarship Institutional Application (HSIA) in addition to the FAFSA and/or GSFAPPS to be reviewed again for HOPE eligibility.

  • A Student denied form HOPE scholarship due to any one of the checkpoints and now have a 3.0 at 60th or 90th checkpoint is supposed to complete a HOPE Scholarship Institutional Application (HSIA) in addition to the FAFSA and/or GSFAPPS to be reviewed again for HOPE eligibility


HOPE Scholarship supports academically brighter students who would not be able to afford studies in higher education. The program mainly focuses on merit-based students who show excellent academic progress. The HOPE Scholarship is sponsored by the Georgia Lottery for Education. This program is available for undergraduate students seeking a degree.


  1) Can International students apply for HOPE scholarship ?

Yes. An International student can apply for HOPE scholarship, but the students needs to fulfill the following requirments :-

  • The student should fulfill an eligible Non-citizen requirments. I.e, You should be a U.S permanent resident with an Alien Registration Card. You should be a conditional permanent residence and you should have an arrival departure record from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). 

  • You should be a Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point. 

  • If not a graduate from a HOPE-eligibe high school then you have to earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework.

  • The scholarship is only for the students studying or willing to study in a Georgia based Institution. 

  • The student should have a good and satisfactory academic marks. 

  • The student should be a legal resident of Georgia, USA for tutuion purpose.

  2) What is the HOPE scholarship dead-line ? 

The students should submit the application by the last day of the semester in which they are seeking a HOPE scholarship. The HOPE scholarship's officals have given a range of dead-line dates for the submission of the applications which are :

    Summer semester : Mid of July  

    Fall semester : Mid November 

    Spring semester : Mid April      

  3) What is the HOPE scholarship amount ?

The HOPE scholarship amount for students attending both Public and Private colleges is $3500 per academic year. The HOPE-scholarship used to pay $3000 per academic year till 2008, but HOPE officials have increased the grant amount of $500 since then. Till now the amount which has been given to the students has reached upto $3 billion since its begining.

  4) How to apply for HOPE scholarship ?

The students applying for a HOPE scholarship have two options in hand, 

  • They can complete the application form for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or

  • They can fill up the Georgia Student Finance Application which can be done online or through a printable paper form. 

Note :- The application deadline is the last day of the school term or a student's withdrawal date, whichever occurs first. It is recommended that you submit your HOPE scholarship application as early as possible; the earlier you apply, the earlier the funds are disbursed to your school and credited to your account.

  5) Do HOPE scholarship grant amount in other US states than Georgia ?

No, Hope Scholarship does not grant scholarship amounts to students studying in other colleges based in a different US states except for the US state of Tennessee. The HOPE scholarship only funds those students who study in the colleges present in The US states of Georgia and Tennessee.  In Tennessee it is operated by the name of Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. These are two different scholarship programs. The HOPE scholarship program is maintained by the Georgia state government, while the Tennessee HOPE scholarhsip program is maintain by the Tennessee state government.