Hope Scholarship

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

Updated by Ankita Tiwari on 5th February 2019

What is the HOPE Scholarship?

Ever heard of HOPE? If not, then read ahead to find the answer. 

HOPE stands for Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally. As the name suggests, HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based honor offered to Georgia students who exhibit academic excellence.

HOPE Scholarship supports academically brighter students who are unable to afford higher education. The HOPE Scholarship is sponsored by the Georgia Lottery for Education. The HOPE Scholarship is also known as the Lottery Scholarship.

This program is available for undergraduate students seeking a degree. This scholarship offers you with tuition aid to pursue an undergraduate degree at any HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.

What is HOPE Scholarshipsource - gafutures.org 

What qualifies you for HOPE Scholarship?

Not everyone is entitled to a HOPE Scholarship. HOPE Scholarship aims to encourage students with an excellent academic record and provide financial assistance for their education expenses. 

To avail the scholarship programme, ensure that you meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • 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 fails to meet the GPA requirements at 90 hours

  •  A student should fulfill the all University System of Georgia (USG) requirements

  • A student should be a resident of Georgia in order to avail Georgia HOPE Scholarship

  • Male candidates should Register with Selective Service

  • A student should be obedient 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?

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

Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS)

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

  • Click on “State Aid application”.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The steps for the application is as follows.

  • Get the Federal Student Aid(FSA) ID

  • Complete the FAFSA

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

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

  • Federal financial aid will be allotted once all the financial aid requirements are satisfied and Basic Student Eligibility Requirements are met

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

    How to apply

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How can you regain the HOPE Scholarship?

Did you fail to receive the Scholarship last time? Don't overstress. You can regain the HOPE scholarship as long as you can meet the eligibility requirements. 

  • 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. 

Colleges and Universities Offering HOPE Scholarship

Many Colleges and universities including public, private and technical ones are eligible for a HOPE Scholarship Programme. A few of these are listed in the following table. 

Colleges and Universities Eligible for HOPE Scholarship




Albany State University

Agnes Scott College

Athens Technical College

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Andrew College

Atlanta Technical College

Bainbridge State College

Berry College

Columbus Technical College

Clayton State University

Brenau University

Georgia Northwestern Technical College


HOPE scholarship helps the meritorious pupils who need financial assistance to support their on-going college education. This program has transformed the lives of many students who can pursue their degree in college without worrying about the tuition fee.

All the HOPE eligible colleges provide a sustainable environment for students where they can learn without worrying about financial problems. As long as the student is securing GPA above the threshold and fulfills the typical eligibility requirements, he can avail the HOPE scholarship.

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  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.

  What is the HOPE scholarship deadline? 

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 officials have given a range of deadline dates for the submission of the applications which are as given.

    Summer semester - Mid of July  

    Fall semester - Mid November 

    Spring semester - Mid April      

  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 up to $3 billion since its beginning.

  How to apply for the 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. 

  Do HOPE scholarship grants amount in US states other than Georgia?

No, Hope Scholarship does not grant scholarship amounts to students studying in other colleges based in 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 the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. These are two different scholarship programs. The HOPE scholarship program is maintained by the Georgia state government, while the Tennessee HOPE scholarship program is maintained by the Tennessee state government. 

  Do Georgia residents go to college for free?

Students residing in Georgia join in-state college and universities where they can avail scholarships and grants and are not required to pay tuition fee.

  What is the Zell Miller Scholarship?

Zell Miller Scholarship is similar to HOPE Scholarship, except that it has stricter eligibility criteria. For instance, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 in high school to avail this scholarship.