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:
Eligibility for the HOPE Grant
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:
- Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
- Be a legal resident of Georgia;
- Meet enrollment requirements;
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
- Meet academic achievement standards;
- Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
- Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program;
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.
For more information, visit www.GAFutures.org.