The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships are available to qualifying Georgia residents who demonstrate academic achievement. The information provided here is only highlights of the Program Regulations, so please visit www.gafutures.org for complete information.
You can apply for HOPE and the Zell Miller Scholarship in two ways:
- Complete the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS) at www.gafutures.org. This application only has to be completed once and it remains active for ten years; or
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.
We recommend that all students complete the GSFAPPS even if they are completing the FAFSA so there is always an application on file.
You must have an application on file by the last day of the semester to receive the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship for that semester.
If you are attending another HOPE-eligible institution as a transient student, please review the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Process section of our website for more information about this process and how to complete the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Transient Request.
The Zell Miller Scholarship pays the standard undergraduate tuition rate. The initial HOPE Scholarship award amount assumes the maximum amount for which you are eligible each semester. The HOPE award amount will be reduced if you enroll in fewer than 15 hours. HOPE award amounts cannot be increased if you enroll in more than 15 hours. The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship award amounts cannot exceed your total tuition charges for the semester.
UGA charges a flat rate tuition to undergraduate students. This means that regardless of the number of hours you take each semester, you are charged the same amount if you are enrolled in 1-6 hours and the same amount if you are enrolled in 7 hours or more. That amount does not change if you add or drop courses unless you cross the 6-7 hour threshold. However because the HOPE Scholarship pays per credit hour, the amount of HOPE you can receive does change if you change your schedule. While going through drop/add, if you drop classes you may owe money for tuition after your HOPE amount is changed.
Example: Malik is awarded the HOPE Scholarship. He is enrolled in 15 hours and is assessed $4,895 in tuition. HOPE Scholarship pays the 15 hour rate of $4,410, leaving him with a balance of $485 which he pays by the tuition and fee deadline. During the drop/add period, he drops a class and is now enrolled in 12 hours. His flat rate tuition charge remains at $4,895 but he is now only eligible for $3,528 which is the 12 hour amount of the HOPE Scholarship. He will now be assessed the additional $882 to cover the amount of tuition that is not being covered by HOPE.