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How do you qualify for a HOPE scholarship?

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Qualifying for Georgia's Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally scholarship involves graduating from an approved high school, meeting residency requirements and maintaining academic performance. There are also requirements for maintaining standard academic progress, having eligible citizenship status, being eligible for financial aid and meeting other qualifications, notes GATech.edu.

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Individuals need to have graduated from an in-state or out-of-state high school approved by HOPE and have met academic performance requirements for eligibility. Those who do not meet these standards do have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship after taking undergraduate coursework, and students may sometimes be allowed to apply based on high standardized test scores.

Qualifying also involves choosing an eligible college or university in Georgia to pursue a degree and then meeting several residency requirements. As of 2015, these requirements include being a legal Georgia resident for the purpose of tuition and being a United States citizen or permanent resident. Other requirements include men being registered with the selective service, not already having a bachelor's degree, not owing money or defaulting on a financial aid program and being drug free, states GATech.edu.

After being awarded the HOPE scholarship, students need to maintain strong academic progress to not become ineligible. As of 2015, the grade point average requirement is a 3.0, notes UGA.edu. In addition, students become ineligible after meeting the attempted or paid hours cap.

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