Georgia’s HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship is a merit-based program supporting students attending the state’s public and private colleges, universities or technical colleges. Scholarships can be equal to annual tuition at a Georgia public institution, or up to 3,600 annually at a private institution. The program has distributed 6.3 billion to more than 1.4 million students since 1993.
To receive a HOPE scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have lived in Georgia for a year before the first day of the term for which they need funding, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 from an eligible public or private high school. Home-schooled students are also eligible if they receive a 3.0 average under an accredited home-school program. GED students are eligible if they score in the 85th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT test.
College students need to maintain satisfactory academic progress and not be in default or due a refund on a loan to reapply.