HOPE Scholarship & Grant Program

HOPE Scholarship & Grant Program

Gwinnett Tech students may be eligible for state-funded financial aid through either Georgia's HOPE Scholarship, for those enrolled in an associate degree program, or the Georgia HOPE Grant, for those enrolled in a certificate or diploma program.

Gwinnett Tech requires the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be completed as the first step in applying for and federal or state financial aid. This application is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

HOPE Scholarship (pays most tuition for TCSG associate degree programs)
  • Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to eligible Georgia residents who enroll at any TCSG college to earn an associate degree.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA upon graduating from an eligible Georgia high school.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to keep the HOPE Scholarship.
  • The HOPE Scholarship will pay a significant percentage of TCSG standard tuition.
  • GPAs will be checked at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours.
  • If lost, the HOPE Scholarship can be regained one time at a subsequent GPA checkpoint. Any previous gains or losses prior to Fall Term 2011 will not apply.
  • HOPE Scholarship benefits are capped at 127 semester hours.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.
  • Books and fees are not covered.
  • The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for learning support classes.
  • Students lose HOPE Scholarship eligibility seven years after high school graduation. First time HOPE Scholarship recipients in Summer Quarter 2011 or later are bound by this seven-year rule.
  • Students who received the Scholarship prior to Summer Quarter 2011 remain eligible through June 30, 2015, regardless of graduation date.
  • Home study students may be eligible to receive a retroactive HOPE Scholarship if they earned a 3.0 GPA at the end of the semester in which they attempted 30 semester hours.
  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.
Zell Miller Scholarship (pays all tuition for TCSG associate degree programs)
  • Students must have a 3.7 GPA upon graduating from an eligible high school.
  • Students must, in addition to the 3.7 GPA, have a combined 1200 (from a single test) on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or at least a 26 Composite ACT score.
  • Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college to keep the Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Students who drop below a 3.3 GPA can earn the HOPE Scholarship if their GPA remains at 3.0 or above.
  • One valedictorian and salutatorian from each high school will be eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or ACT/SAT requirements.
  • The Zell Miller Scholarship will cover tuition at 100 percent of the current standard tuition rate.
  • Combined Zell Miller Scholarship and HOPE Scholarship benefits are capped at 127 semester hours.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Books and fees are not covered.
  • Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must meet all of the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements to continue eligibility.
  • Students who entered an eligible post-secondary institution prior to 2007 will not be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Home study students may be eligible to receive a retroactive Zell Miller Scholarship if they earned a 3.3 GPA at the end of the semester in which they attempted 30 semester hours.
  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.
HOPE Grant (pays most tuition for TCSG certificate and diploma programs)

Georgia's HOPE Grant is available to residents of Georgia who enroll at any TCSG college (or in a technical division program at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia) to earn a certificate or diploma, regardless of high school graduation date or GPA upon graduation.

  • New students can enroll at a TCSG college using the HOPE Grant regardless of high school GPA.
  • The HOPE Grant will pay a significant percentage of TCSG standard tuition.
  • Once enrolled, students must earn and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to keep the HOPE Grant.
  • GPAs will be checked at 30 and 60 semester hours. If lost, the HOPE Grant can be regained one time at a GPA checkpoint.However, if you lost the HOPE Grant between 2011 and 2013 because your GPA fell below 3.0, you may be able to regain the grant as long as your GPA remained 2.0 or above. You should contact a TCSG college for more information regarding possibly regaining the HOPE Grant.
  • All HOPE Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.
  • The HOPE Grant can be used for learning support classes and/or dual enrollment courses, which don't count in the Grant GPA and checkpoint calculations. Learning support hours do count toward the HOPE Grant hours cap; dual enrollment hours do not.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the HOPE Grant.
  • Students must meet Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately before the first day of classes for the college term for which the HOPE Grant is sought. Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before enrolling. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).
  • Books and fees are not covered. However, students may be eligible for additional financial assistance through Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant. In most cases, the SIWDG can be combined with the HOPE Grant to pay for all of tuition as well as books and fees in certain approved SIWDG programs of study.
  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.
Zell Miller Grant (pays all of tuition for TCSG certificate and diploma programs)

Starting in Fall Semester 2014, the Zell Miller Grant will pay 100% of tuition for students who enroll in certificate or diploma programs at a TCSG college or a technical division program at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia.

  • To obtain the Zell Miller Grant, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better after the completion of a college semester, then maintain the minimum GPA at the end of each subsequent semester (the Zell Miller Grant GPA requirement is different for the standard HOPE grant, which requires a GPA checkpoint at 30 and 60 semester hours).
  • There is no high school GPA requirement for the Zell Miller Grant. To qualify, all students, regardless of age at enrollment, must complete a college semester with a 3.5 GPA or better using the standard HOPE Grant; they will be retroactively awarded the balance of the Zell Miller Grant for the previous semester after verification that they achieved the minimum 3.5 GPA. The payment can be awarded retroactively only one time.
  • Books and fees are not covered, but students can combine the Zell Miller Grant with additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, as long as they are enrolled in courses in an approved SIWDG program of study.
  • Students who lose the Zell Miller Grant will still qualify for the HOPE Grant as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA at the required checkpoints.
  • Dual and joint enrollment students are not eligible for the Zell Miller Grant until after they graduate from high school and complete their first full qualifying college semester.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the Zell Miller Grant.
  • All Zell Miller Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.
  • Students must meet Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately before the first day of classes for the college term for which the Zell Miller Grant is sought. Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before enrolling. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).
  • For more information, contact your local TCSG college or visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission or GeorgiaCollege411.

For more information on the HOPE Scholarship and the HOPE Grant, including an online application, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission. (Exception: Eligibility for HOPE could depend on other forms of aid you receive.)

Residency: If the student received a GED and was a Georgia resident on the date of the GED test, then the student must meet the residency requirements for 12 months immediately preceding the first day of the term for which the award is sought. If the student was not a resident on the date of the GED test, then the student must meet the residency requirements for 24 months immediately preceding the first day of the term for which the award is sought.

Dual and joint enrolled students must meet the Georgia residency requirements for 12 months immediately preceding the first day of the term for which the award is sought.