The Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship Program

Major Criteria of the HOPE Scholarship Program

See more information regarding the HOPE Scholarship Program that is available on the GAcollege411 Web site.

You can review the 2013-14 HOPE Scholarship regulations at the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) Web site.

UGA HOPE Scholarship Award Amounts

The amount of a HOPE Scholarship is based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled each semester, up to 15 hours as reflected below. The amount initially reflected on 2013-2014 financial aid Awards assumes the maximum HOPE amount for which the student is eligible each semester.

How the HOPE Award Amount is Calculated for Students Charged a Flat Tuition Rate:

For the 2013-14 Award Year, the dollar amount of each semester's HOPE Scholarship award is determined by multiplying $218.46 X the number of hours in which the student is enrolled, up to 15 hours.

For students charged a Flat Tuition Rate, the HOPE Scholarship amount reflected on their financial aid Award initially assumes 15 hours enrollment in the fall and spring semesters for a maximum Award Amount of $3,276.90 per semester. The HOPE amount received cannot exceed the actual tuition charge.

Since the HOPE Scholarship amount is ultimately based on the total number of hours enrolled in the semester, the HOPE amount will be reduced when students enroll in fewer than 15 hours as reflected below. The HOPE Award Amount cannot be increased for students who enroll in more than 15 hours.

See the GSFC “HOPE Award Amounts by Institution for Fiscal Year 2014, Beginning Fall Term” at here for enrollment in 15 hours or less.

HOPE Scholarship and the Flat Rate Tuition Model
Student Enrolled in 15 hours
Tuition Assessed:   $4,014.00
HOPE Payment: - $3,276.90
Out of Pocket: = $737.10
Student Enrolled in 13 hours
Tuition Assessed:   $4,014.00
HOPE Payment: - $2,839.98
Out of Pocket: = $1,174.02
Out of pocket difference between 15 and 13 hours: $436.92

Additional UGA Specific HOPE Scholarship Information

HOPE Grade Point Average (GPA) and HOPE Attempted Hours

The University of Georgia implemented a Plus/Minus grading system in the summer of 2006. However, for the purpose of calculating the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for HOPE Scholarship eligibility, regulations recognize only letter grades of A through F so any Plus or Minus will be disregarded.

The GPA and HOPE Attempted Hours used in HOPE eligibility calculations often do not match the cumulative GPA and attempted hours on official UGA transcripts/OASIS.

Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) and Incomplete Courses

For students finishing Independent and Distance Learning Courses (IDL) and Incompletes, HOPE Regulations require OSFA to look at grades in the semester in which the course(s) was taken. If a student takes longer than the length of the traditional semester to complete the IDL course OSFA must go back to the semester in which the course was registered and recalculate their HOPE GPA. This may cause a repayment of HOPE funds for subsequent semesters if the grade causes their HOPE Scholarship GPA to fall below the required 3.0.

Study Abroad/Student Exchange

The HOPE Scholarship Award Amount for UGA students enrolled in UGA study abroad programs and approved non-UGA study abroad or exchange programs cannot exceed the HOPE Award Amount payable to students for the same number of hours of on-campus coursework at UGA (not to exceed the maximum HOPE Award Amount for 15 total hours).

HOPE eligible students attending UGA study abroad programs will be awarded their HOPE Scholarship on a weekly basis once the courses are entered into the student registration system.

HOPE eligible UGA students who are attending approved non-UGA study abroad programs through non-HOPE eligible institutions will be awarded the HOPE Scholarship once they complete the UGA Study Abroad Credit Approval Form process with the Office of International Education (OIE).

Eligible UGA students attending study abroad programs through other HOPE eligible institutions must complete the UGA HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Form.

Transient Enrollment

Eligible UGA students attending other HOPE eligible institutions as transients must complete the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Form.

Students from other colleges enrolled at UGA as a transient student and are receiving the HOPE Scholarship at their home college should contact the financial aid office at their college about certifying their HOPE Scholarship eligibility for the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Once the certification is posted to the state Web site, OSFA can then award the HOPE Scholarship for the UGA course(s).

13-14 HOPE Amounts (Maximum $218.46 per Credit Hour)

Flat Tuition Rate Students
Hours 13-14 Tuition Covered by HOPE
15 $3,276.9
14 $3,058.44
13 $2,839.98
12 $2,621.52
11 $2,403.06
10 $2,184.60
9 $1,966.14
8 $1,747.68
7 $1,529.22
6 $1,310.76
5 $1,092.30
4 $873.84
3 $655.38
2 $436.92
1 $218.46

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program

To qualify for the new Zell Miller Scholarship, students must graduate from an eligible high school 2007 or later with at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) as calculated by HOPE Scholarship regulations and must have scored at least a 1200 on the SAT or a 26 on the ACT, in a single test administration prior to high school graduation or be their high school Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

Initial eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Students determined eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship are subject to all the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements except they must maintain a minimum 3.3 grade point average (GPA) on all coursework attempted since high school graduation instead of the minimum 3.0 gpa required for HOPE Scholarship recipients.

You can review the 2013-14 Zell Miller Scholarship regulations at the GSFC Web site.

Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amounts

The Zell Miller Scholarship award cannot exceed the student's current UGA standard Undergraduate tuition amount on a per hour basis. The Zell Miller Scholarship amount initially reflected on UGA 2013-14 financial aid Awards assumes the maximum amount for which students are eligible for the semester. Please see the GSFC Zell Miller Scholarship Rates.

UGA Students Charged a Flat Tuition Rate

For 2013-14 the Zell Miller Scholarship provides a maximum Award Amount of:

Returning UGA Students and the Zell Miller Scholarship

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) has provided colleges and universities the names of students who graduated from a Georgia high school prior to 2011 with at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) and (prior to high school graduation) scored at least a 1200 on the SAT or a 26 on the ACT in a single test administration or were their high school valedictorian or salutatorian. The Zell Miller Scholarship will be awarded to these UGA students instead of the HOPE Scholarship if they are currently eligible for the HOPE Scholarship and their college HOPE Grade Point Average (GPA) at their most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint was at least 3.3.

Additional UGA Zell Miller Scholarship Information

Maximum 127 Attempted or Paid Hours

The Zell Miller Scholarship has a 127 Attempted Hour and Paid Hour hard cap. All college credit hours attempted since high school graduation are counted in determining the number of Zell Scholarship Attempted Hours. If the student finishes a semester with 126 HOPE and/or Zell Miller Scholarship Attempted or Paid hours, the Zell Miller Scholarship will only pay for 1 hour the following semester (assuming the student continues to meet other eligibility requirements).

Zell Miller Scholarship Grade Point Average (GPA) and Attempted Hours

The University of Georgia implemented a Plus/Minus grading system in the summer of 2006. However, for the purpose of calculating the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility, regulations recognize only letter grades of A through F so any Plus or Minus will be disregarded.

The GPA and the Attempted Hours used in HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility calculations often do not match the cumulative GPA and attempted hours on the official UGA transcripts/OASIS.

The Zell Miller Scholarship will not pay for Learning Support courses or courses that do not count towards any degree. These courses will not be counted when determining the number of hours in which a student is enrolled for HOPE Scholarship Award Amount purposes. Neither will these courses be counted toward the number of HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Attempted Hours or HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Paid Hours when pursued Fall 2011 or later.

Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) Courses and Incomplete Courses

For students finishing Independent and Distance Learning Courses (IDL) and Incompletes, Zell Miller Scholarship Regulations require OSFA to look at grades in the semester in which the course(s) was taken. If a student takes longer than the length of the traditional semester to complete the IDL or incomplete course OSFA must go back to the semester in which the course was registered and recalculate their Zell Miller Scholarship GPA. This may cause a repayment of Zell Miller Scholarship funds for subsequent semesters if the grade causes their Zell Miller Scholarship Scholarship GPA to fall below the required 3.3.

Study Abroad/Student Exchange

The Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amount for UGA students enrolled in UGA study abroad programs and approved non-UGA study abroad or exchange programs is equal to the Award Amount payable to students for the same number of hours of on-campus coursework at UGA (not to exceed their applicable maximum Award Amount).

Eligible students attending UGA study abroad programs will have their Zell Miller Scholarship automatically awarded on a weekly basis once the classes appear in OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Systems).

Eligible UGA students who are attending approved non-UGA study abroad programs through non-Zell Miller Scholarship eligible institutions should contact OSFA at osfa@uga.edu to have funds awarded if the Zell Miller Scholarship does not currently appear on their Award in OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Systems).

Eligible UGA students attending non-UGA study abroad programs through other Zell Miller Scholarship eligible institutions must complete the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Form.

Transient Enrollment

Eligible UGA students attending other Zell Miller Scholarship eligible institutions as transients must complete HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Form.

Students from other colleges enrolled at UGA in a transient status who are receiving Zell Miller Scholarship at their school should contact the financial aid office at their college about certifying their Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility for the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Once certified, OSFA can then award the Zell Miller Scholarship for the UGA course(s).

13-14 Zell Miller Scholarship Amounts

Flat Tuition Rate Students
Hours 13-14 Tuition Covered by Zell
15 $4,014.00
14 $4,014.00
13 $4,014.00
12 $4,014.00
11 $4,014.00
10 $4,014.00
9 $4,014.00
8 $4,014.00
7 $4,014.00
6 $2,385.00
5 $2,385.00
4 $2,385.00
3 $2,385.00
2 $2,385.00
1 $2,385.00