HOPE

Changes to the HOPE Scholarship

Governor Deal recently signed into law House Bill 326 which amends the law governing the HOPE Scholarship.  These amendments are effective Fall Semester 2011.  While we are still reviewing these changes and waiting for final regulations from the Georgia Student Finance Commission, we believe that the modifications to the law will result in the following changes.

Effective Fall Semester 2013, the HOPE Scholarship will pay a maximum of $2,130.30 per semester.  Actual payments will be 1/15th of this amount, or about $142.02 per credit hour.

For example, a HOPE eligible student enrolled for 12 semester hours for Fall 2013 will receive about $1,704.24 from the HOPE Scholarship.

Current HOPE Scholars

The GPA required for students to maintain eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship has not changed.  As long as a student has a 3.0 GPA, at all the required checkpoints, they will remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.

Zell Miller Scholarship

There are provisions in the new law creating the Zell Miller Scholarship, which is designed to pay the amount of tuition that the HOPE Scholarship does not.  To be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, student must have a 3.7 High School GPA and 1200 SAT Sore or ACT Composite Score of 26.  These students are also required to maintain a 3.3 GPA to keep the Zell Miller Scholarship.  Current students, who  started college after July 2007, are eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship if they met the requirements as freshmen and have maintained a 3.3 college GPS.  Additional information is expected soon from the Georgia Student Finance Commission regarding the Zell Miller Scholarship.

06/01/2010: At this time, the HOPE Promise and HOPE Teacher Scholarship Programs will not be funded during the 2010/11 academic year due to budget restrictions. This includes Summer 2010. You may want to watch the Georgia Student Finance Commission for updates on the program.”


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VSU HOPE TRANSIENT REQUEST FORM

What is the HOPE Scholarship Program?

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) programs are funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education.  HOPE scholarships are available to eligible Georgia 1993 or later high school graduates. HOPE covers, a portion of a recipient's tuition. There is no minimum enrollment for the HOPE Scholarship. Students may receive HOPE for as little as one semester hour of enrollment.

The amount of your HOPE Scholarship is determined by the amount of your tuition and credit hours enrolled.  The amount of HOPE Scholarship that you will receive is subject to change under any of the following conditions:

  1. If you enroll for less than full time hours, or 

  2. If you fail to meet the grade point average requirement of a 3.0 at the 30th, 60th or 90th attempted hour, and at the end of each Spring semester, or

  3. If you have attempted more than 127 hours, or

  4. To determine if you are a HOPE Scholar and monitor your status, you can visit the GSFC and create an account.  You are an official HOPE Scholar when your status reads:  “Final HOPE Scholar”.

NOTE: Changes to the HOPE program are pending. These are highlights of the program as of this publication.

  1. Georgia Residency. Students receiving a military out-of-state tuition waiver must also have graduated from a Georgia high school.

  2. Grade point eligibility for entering freshmen is based on a final high school grade point average of 3.0 or better as determined by the high school and reported to the Georgia Student Finance Commission, by July 1 of each year.

  3. Regardless of high school graduation or high school grade point average, Georgia residents with a 3.0 GPA at the 30th, 60th, or 90th attempted semester hour are eligible to participate in the program.

  4. Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average while in college. The grade point average is reviewed at the 30th, 60th, and 90th attempted semester hour and at the end of each Spring Semester. This includes attempted courses at all prior colleges attended as well as VSU. The HOPE Scholarship Regulations for public institutions are different from those of the private and technical institutions.

  5. If you lost the HOPE Scholarship for failure to maintain the required 3.0 GPA, you are eligible to reapply for the HOPE after your 30th, 60th or 90th attempted semester hour, provided your cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or higher;

  6. The HOPE Scholarship only pays up to 127 attempted hours or 127 paid hours including any prior school and VSU. Attempted hours include any letter grade for A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, WP, WY, WH, I, IP, U, S, or V.

  7. Adjustments for less than full-time enrollment will be made at the time of disbursement.

You can monitor your HOPE Scholarship history at GA College 411. If you have questions, you may contact the HOPE Scholarship Coordinator, in the OFA at 229-333-5935 or 1-800-618-1878 (Option #2), or contact the GSFC at 1-800-505-GSFC.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are a beginning freshmen, a new transfer student, a student who is applying for the HOPE Scholarship for the first time, or applying for reinstatement of HOPE, you MUST have a completed financial aid file by doing steps one or two below AND you must complete the VSU HOPE Processing Application and submit it to our office.

  1. Either complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents to the Office of Financial Aid.  

    OR

  2. If you wish to receive the HOPE Scholarship, and have no intentions of applying for other aid such as student loans, you can submit the GSFAPPS application to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).  You can view all policies, procedures and regulations of the HOPE Scholarship at the GSFC web site (We are not automatically set up to receive the GSFAPPS application.  Therefore, it is essential that you contact us online or by phone at (229) 333-5935).

If you are currently receiving HOPE Scholarship at VSU, you do not have to complete the VSU Hope Processing Application.  However, you MUST have acompleted financial aid file before the HOPE Scholarship will pay to your student account.  You can do this one of two ways:

  1. Either complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents to the Office of Financial Aid.  

    OR

  2. If you wish to receive the HOPE Scholarship, and have no intentions of applying for other aid such as student loans, you can submit the GSFAPPS application to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).  You can view all policies, procedures and regulations of the HOPE Scholarship at the GSFC web site (We are not automatically set up to receive the GSFAPPS application.  Therefore, it is essential that you contact us online or by phone at (229) 333-5935).

HOPE TEACHER AND HOPE PROMISE SCHOLARSHIPSAt this time there is no funding available

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the VSU Financial Aid Office at (229) 333-5935, and ask to speak with a HOPE Scholarship representative.  For the complete HOPE Scholarship Program Regulations, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission.