Georgia's HOPE Scholarship

HOPEHelping Outstanding Pupils Educationally — is Georgia's unique scholarship program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. HOPE is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education, which also funds Georgia's statewide pre-kindergarten program. Since the HOPE Program began in 1993, over $3.5 billion in HOPE funds have been awarded to more than 1 million students attending Georgia's colleges, universities, and technical colleges. You can benefit from HOPE in several ways.

HOPE Scholarship

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement at the high school and/or college level. The scholarship provides funds to assist with tuition for students who are pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree in Georgia's public and private colleges and universities.

Students who become HOPE eligible for the first time or students who have lost HOPE and again become eligible must apply or reapply for HOPE at, while those who have lost HOPE must also complete the HOPE Priority Evaluation form . Transfer students with HOPE eligibility must complete the HOPE Priority Evaluation form to maintain their eligibility at Coastal Georgia. Both of these forms are found on the portal (my.ccga) under Financial Aid forms on the HOME page.

Financial Aid Forms:


To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:
  1. Have graduated from an eligible high school with a "B" average, as defined by the HOPE program, or have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average at the college level at specific credit-hour checkpoints. Students who earned a GED or graduated from an ineligible high school or home study program may qualify for a HOPE Scholarship, as an entering freshman, based on their SAT or ACT scores.
  2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  3. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  5. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

STEM Courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Effective Fall 2017, when calculating the HOPE 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. Visit for more information about STEM.

Award Amounts

Funding provided to HOPE scholars varies by type of institution.

Award Limits

A college degree-seeking student is ineligible for the HOPE Scholarship if the student has:
  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit; or
  • Attempted 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of college degree credit, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while attempting the hours; or
  • Has earned a baccalaureate (four-year) college degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree.
Students may apply by completing the online application here at:
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