Georgia students apply for the HOPE grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, or filing the alternative Georgia state financial aid application, or GSFAPPS, according to GAcollege411. Applications are due by the last class or exam day to secure funding for that semester or quarter.
The Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Grant program, which is separate from the HOPE Scholarship, awards grants to Georgia residents pursuing diplomas or certificates at eligible colleges in the state, GAcollege411 explains. The electronic and paper versions of the GSFAPPS are available online at the GAcollege411 website for students who are only applying for the HOPE Grant. Students can also use their GAcollege411 accounts to access and streamline their FAFSA applications if they plan to apply for federal programs at the same time.
To qualify for the HOPE grant, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from postsecondary institutions, according to GAcollege411. Full-time enrollment isn’t necessary, and the program has no GPA minimum requirements for students graduating from high school. Applicants aren’t eligible for a HOPE grant if they have already earned a baccalaureate degree or exceeded the maximum award credits, including the cumulative total combined with other state programs, such as the Zell Miller Scholarship. Students can view the grant award chart at the Georgia Student Finance Commission website to determine how much funding they can receive, depending on the college and semester hours.