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Hope Scholarship

Georgia's HOPE program provides scholarship and grant assistance to legal residents of Georgia attending eligible Georgia post-secondary institutions. The HOPE scholarship is available to full time and part time students. There is no minimum hour of enrollment to receive HOPE. All legal residents of Georgia who meet HOPE eligibility requirements may receive a HOPE grant to seek a technical certificate that is awarded and issued by the institution and approved by the Board of Regents.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Meet Georgia residency requirements
  • Meet citizenship requirements
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if required
  • Be a 1993 or later graduate of an eligible high school
  • Be classified as a FINAL HOPE SCHOLAR

Students graduating from high school prior to 1993 or students who were not academically eligible immediately after high school graduation may be eligible for a HOPE scholarship after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours, if a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is earned.

More Information regarding the Hope Scholarship Requirements. GASFC.

Applying for HOPE:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you complete the Electronic HOPE Application, you must notify us at Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. You also need to notify us if you completed a FAFSA and will be a first semester transfer student at SPSU, you lost HOPE in the past (either at SPSU or at another school) and believe you have regained eligibility, or if you did not qualify for HOPE immediately after high school and you believe you have a 3.0 at one of the three checkpoints. You may notify us at, or in writing.

Maintaining HOPE:

  • Freshmen - Must meet eligibility requirements for High School Students
  • Sophomores - Must have a 3.0 GPA after attempting 30 credit hours
  • Juniors - Must have a 3.0 GPA after attempting 60 credit hours
  • Seniors - Must have 3.0 GPA after attempting 90 credit hours

In addition to the 30, 60, and 90 checkpoint hours, students will also be evaluated every Spring. It is important to remember that attempted hours generally include all credit hours attempted after high school graduation, as well as hours from which the student withdrew after the official drop/add period. Additionally, scholarship students may not receive HOPE for more than 127 semester hours.  Grant students must be taking courses that are in their stated certificate program of study.

Award Amounts:

  • Tuition - HOPE will pay a percentage of tuition, regardless of the number of hours enrolled per semester.
  • Fees - 0
  • Book Allowance - 0