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Georgia has partnered with state agencies, private organizations, and businesses to find solutions that ensure a workforce pipeline for companies. The HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) directly addresses specific workforce needs. HOPE Career Grant is available to Georgia residents who are enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. You must be eligible for, and receiving, the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant to be awarded the HOPE Career Grant. It provides assistance with educational costs that are not covered by the HOPE or Zell Miller Grants.

The HOPE Career Grant is also awarded based on your enrollment status each semester. See chart below:

Credit Hours Award Amount
​9+ Credit Hours $500 per semester 
3-8 Credit Hours $250 per semester
​1-2 Credit Hours ​$125 per semester

To receive the HOPE Career Grant, you must be enrolled in one of the following programs of study:

Hope Career Grant Programs
Program of Study Program Code
Advanced Dental Assisting – Certificate AD21
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)- Certificate EMH1
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder-Certificate OSM1
Air Conditioning Electrical Technician – Certificate ACK1
Air Conditioning System Maintenance Technician – Certificate AZ21
Air Conditioning Technology – Diploma ACT2
Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist – Certificate ASG1
Automotive Climate Control Technician – Certificate AH21
Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician – Certificate AE41
Automotive Engine Performance Technician – Certificate AE51
Automotive Engine Repair Technician – Certificate AE61
Automotive Fundamentals – Diploma AF12
Automotive Technology – Diploma AT14
Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist – Certificate AA71
Basic Dental Assisting – Certificate BDA1
Carpentry – Diploma CA22
Central Processing Technology – Certificate CF71
Certified Construction Worker – Certificate CCW1
Certified Nursing Assistant – Certificate CN51
Child Development Specialist – Certificate CD61
Cisco Network Specialist CCNA – Certificate CN71
Commercial Construction Building Inspector CCG1
Commercial Construction Estimator – Certificate CCK1
Commercial Construction Contract Administrator – Certificate CCL1
Computer Programming – Diploma CP24
Computed Tomography Specialist – Certificate CT91
Construction Management – Diploma CM12
Construction Manager – Certificate CM81
Cybersecurity – Diploma IS12
Cybersecurity – Certificate IS81
Dental Assisting – Diploma DA12
Drafters Assistant – Certificate DA31
Drafting Technology – Diploma DT12
Early Childhood Care and Education Basics – Certificate EC31
Early Childhood Care and Education -Diploma ECC2
Early Childhood Program Administration – Certificate ECP1
Engineering Technology Basics EBT1
EMS Professions – Diploma EP12
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) – Certificate EB71
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Certificate EMJ1
Finish Carpenter – Certificate FC31
Flux Cored Arc Welder – Certificate FC61
Framing Carpenter – Certificate FC71
Game Development – Diploma CSD4
Game Developer – Certificate CSZ1
Gas Metal Arc Welder – Certificate GM31
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder – Certificate GTA1
Georgia Film Academy On-Set Production Assistant – Certificate GF21
Good Laboratory Practices Technician – Certificate GL21
Graphic Design for the Web – Certificate GDF1
Health Care Assistant – Certificate HA21
Heavy Diesel Service Technician – Certificate HD31
Infant/Toddler Child Care Specialist – Certificate IC31
Java Programmer – Certificate JP11
LINUX/UNIX System Administrator – Certificate LA31
Logistics Management Specialist – Certificate LM21
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist – Certificate MRI1
Mechatronics Technology – Diploma MTD2
Mechatronics Technician – Certificate MT21
Medical Assisting – Diploma MA22
Medical Front Office Assistant – Certificate MF21
MOPAR CAP Electrical – Certificate MC21
MOPAR CAP Engine Performance – Certificate MC31
MOPAR CAP – Diploma MCD2
Networking Specialist – Diploma NS14
Paramedicine – Diploma PT12
Patient Care Assistant – Certificate PC21
PC Repair and Network Technician – Certificate PR21
Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Repair Tech – Certificate PS11
Refrigeration System Service Technician – Certificate RS21
Website Developer – Certificate ISE1
Website Design/Development – Diploma IS64
Welding and Joining Technology – Diploma WAJ2

Eligibility for the HOPE Grant
Basic Eligibility
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Meet enrollment requirements;
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
  5. Meet academic achievement standards;
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program;

Program Eligibility
Full-time enrollment in a certificate or diploma program is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, they must have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.

A student who received a high school diploma (High School Postsecondary Graduation Opportunity Plan) by earning a technical college diploma or two technical college certificates, in one career pathway identified by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), may be eligible for the HOPE Grant, up to 30 degree hours. The student must be enrolled in an associate degree program at a TCSG institution in order to receive the HOPE Grant. After payment for 30 semester hours, the student is no longer eligible for HOPE Grant while enrolled in a degree level program. The student must then meet the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements at the 30 semester hour checkpoint.
Source: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-grants/hope-grant/eligibility/

For more information, visit www.GAFutures.org.