What Are the Qualifications for a HOPE Grant?


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Georgia residents who are working towards a diploma or certificate in an approved program within the Technical College System of Georgia or University System of Georgia may receive tuition assistance through the HOPE Grant program, according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission. The program is designed to strengthen Georgia's workforce by providing access to technical education. Both part-time and full-time students may receive HOPE Grants.

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Students and prospective students can apply for a HOPE Grant by completing the Georgia Student Finance Commission application or by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, according to GACollege411. HOPE recipients must maintain at 2.0 grade point average in order to continue receiving assistance. Students who already have a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive a HOPE Grant.

HOPE Grants provide partial funding for tuition only, as of 2015, reports the Georgia Student Finance Commission, but HOPE Grant recipients who are enrolled in selected educational programs may also be eligible to receive aid from the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant. As of 2015, the Technical College System of Georgia reports that educational programs qualifying for additional funding include certified engineer assistant, early childhood care and education, movie set design and production, commercial truck driving and practical nursing.

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