Hope Grant

Information for People Looking to Apply for HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) is Georgia’s unique and nationally recognized program to help its students succeed. You can apply for HOPE scholarship to study in a public technical college or an eligible public or private college or universities in Georgia. Georgia Lottery for Education funds the program.

If you are a Georgia resident, who is attending a Georgia public technical college to earn a certificate or diploma, you are eligible for a HOPE Grant regardless of your high school graduation date and grade average. You may receive the award for an unlimited number of programs that are in accordance with the guidelines.

Enrolling as a full-time student is not mandatory, but you must be making satisfactory academic progress to stay eligible. Maintaining a ‘B’ average is not required for renewing the grant.

HOPE Grant Awards:

The grant covers your tuition fees, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and up to $100 per quarter as book allowance.

The HOPE Scholarship for Recent High School Graduates

The eligibility requirements for recent high school graduates looking to get a HOPE Scholarship for a degree program at a technical college are the same as students looking to get a degree at one of Georgia’s public or private colleges or universities. The criteria for a first-year student are as follows:

You must be a legal resident of Georgia; must have graduated from an eligible high school in 1993 or later; must have a high school grade average of ‘B’.

Year 2000 and later high school graduates will need to earn a ‘B’ average in their core-curriculum subjects. For more details of the core-curriculum requirements, check with your high school guidance counselor.

The HOPE Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

High school graduates, who graduated prior to 1993, may be able to apply for a HOPE scholarship for a degree program at a technical college. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

You must be a legal resident of Georgia; your HOPE cumulative grade point average must be 3.0 after the quarter in which you attempted 45 hours of degree credit. [Your eligibility is determined taking into account all your attempted degree credit and coursework converted to degree credit after you graduated from high school.]; you must not have a baccalaureate (four-year) degree or have attempted over 190 quarter hours (127 semester hours) of college credit.

You can apply for HOPE scholarship by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application. An e-HOPE (online) application for the scholarship is available at  GSFC.org

Comparison Between Scholarships, Loans and Grants

Getting education beyond high school whether on campus or online in any field is expensive. Most of the students leaving high school are interested in getting higher education but financial constraints limit the number of students that actually get further education.  Most of the students that join a college degree get aid from scholarships, loans and grants.

There is ample financial aid available for students joining college in form of grants, scholarship and loans. This financial aid can be searched over the internet with ease. The scholarship search sites have made it even easier to search for financial aid. In this article I will discuss scholarships, loans and grants.

Scholarships and fellowships are normally awarded to students with academic excellence, sporting excellence or students with particular talents. These programs are not normally based on financial need. Some scholarships are also aimed at encouraging students to join a particular less developed or shortage field. There are thousands of scholarships and fellowships programs offered by government and private organizations, and colleges and universities. Some institutions also offer discounts in fees advertised as scholarships to students.

Grants are normally based on financial need. Although, academic excellence and extracurricular skills are also considered for the award of grants. Grants are also offered by both government and private organizations, but the largest provider of grants is the government. Government is running several grant programs for general students and students in particular categories, such as minority students, single mothers etc. The most popular of the government funded aid programs are the Federal Pell Grant, the SEOG, and the state of Georgia’s Hope Grant. Information on all government funded programs can be obtained from the website of federal aid office of the U.S department of education. The site also provides online application facility for all programs. Private programs run by welfare organizations can be searched over scholarship search sites.

Loans are the most availed form of financial aid for students. Statistics show that nearly 50% of all students take these low interest loans to fund these studies. These loans are provided by many private welfare organizations and government organizations. The most popular of the government funded aid programs are the Stafford, PLUS and Perkins. These loans are also provided based on financial need. Information on all government funded aid programs can be obtained from the FAFSA website. Some colleges also offer such loans to students based on financial need and other criteria.