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HOPE Scholarships and Grants are available for qualified students attending MGA and may be applied to eligible tuition charges not covered by another source that is applied to student's tuition. Please visit Georgia Futures for the most up-to-date information and eligibility requirements regarding policies and procedures for HOPE programs. The following are frequently asked questions regarding HOPE program(s).

I have attempted 125 HOPE hours after Spring Semester. How much will HOPE pay for courses I am taking upcoming Fall Semester?
HOPE will cover up to 127 attempted hours. Since you only have 2 attempted hours left, HOPE will pay for 2 hours. You will be responsible for paying for the remainder.

How much will HOPE cover for fees and books?
HOPE will not pay for any funds towards fees or books.

I am currently a HOPE scholar. How do I find out if I am a Zell Miller Scholar?
In order to be a Zell Miller scholar, you must meet all three of the requirements listed below:

  • You must maintain a college Hope GPA of a 3.3 or above.
  • Your SAT score on one single test for Verbal and Math must be at least 1200 or a composite ACT score of 26 or higher.
  • You had a Hope high school GPA of 3.7 or more.

If I am eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, how much does it cover?
The Zell Miller Scholarship will pay your full regular tuition.

Is there a time limit besides attempted hours to use HOPE scholarship?
Yes, you must use your HOPE scholarship within 7 years of graduating from High School. If you received HOPE Scholarship during Summer Semester 2010 - Spring Semester 2011, you are grandfathered in until June 2015. Example: You graduated from High School May 2005 and received the Hope Scholarship Summer Semester 2010 - Spring Semester 2011, you then have until June 2015 to use HOPE scholarship. If you graduated May 2010, you have until June 2017. If you were on Military Active Duty during your seven years, your time will be extended the equivalent of the length of your active duty. If you did not attend during Summer 2010 - Spring 2011, and have already been out of high school seven years, you are not eligible for the HOPE scholarship.

I was a HOPE scholar but I lost it. Can I still get back into the program?
Yes, you can get back into the program after you reach an attempted hours checkpoint of 30, 60, or 90 hours. The new rule is that you can only get back into the HOPE program one time. If you lose it a second time you can never get back into the program. For example, you lose HOPE at a spring checkpoint. You get it back at the 30 hour attempted checkpoint. The next spring semester checkpoint you drop below 3.0 GPA again. You will never be eligible for HOPE again.

HOPE & Zell STEM- Effective Fall 2017, when calculating the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship postsecondary GPA, an additional weight of 0.5 will be added to grades of B, C, and D for approved degree level Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses taken at an eligible Postsecondary Institution Fall 2017 or later.  For more information visit the Hope & Zell STEM FAQ page. 

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