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HOPE Program
In order to help Georgia citizens finance their training, the state has established the Georgia HOPE Grant Program. HOPE is Georgia's unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs. The HOPE Program is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
HOPE Grant Program
Unlike the HOPE Scholarship Program, students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific grade point average. However, students are required to have a minimum postsecondary cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at certain checkpoints. The HOPE Grant award amount at a public college covers a percentage of the tuition and is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission based on projected lottery revenues and expenditures. The HOPE award amount is subject to change each year.
How to Qualify
Hope Grant Qualifications:
  • Be a legal Georgia resident for at least one year/longer for out of state high school graduates
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990
  • Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements
  • Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs
  • Meet academic achievement standards required by the college
  • Be registered with the Selective Service, if required
  • No student with a baccalaureate degree can receive the HOPE Grant.
How to Check HOPE Paid Hours
Click here for instructions for checking previously used HOPE Grant/Scholarship hours at Georgia Student Finance Commission.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that student file their FAFSA at least four to six weeks prior to the date the funds will be needed for registration. The application is available on line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students who do not wish to be considered for federal student aid should complete an application for HOPE Grant/Scholarship funding. Click here for instructions for completing the HOPE application. This application may be completed electronically at: www.GAcollege411.org. This electronic application will speed up the approval process, assuming that all eligibility requirements have been met. Students who decide not to apply electronically can download and print a paper application from the GSFC web site. This paper application must be mailed to GSFC for processing:

Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
HOPE Scholarship Program
The HOPE Scholarship award amount at a public college covers a percentage of the tuition. Learning support/remedial coursework is not eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship funding. The HOPE Scholarship award amount is determined annually by the Georgia Student Finance Commission based on projected lottery revenues and expenditures. The HOPE award amount is subject to change each year.
HOPE Scholarship Qualifications
Students must request HOPE Scholarship Evaluation through Lanier Technical College.
Students must graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission for a college prep diploma or a 3.2 for a career tech diploma.
Students graduating under the single diploma type must have a 3.0 GPA as calculated by GSFC.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college.
If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in college, they may only regain the HOPE Scholarship one time.
The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for remedial or developmental courses.
A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship until the first of these events:
The student has earned a baccalaureate or first professional degree;
The student has attempted at any postsecondary institution a total of 190 quarter hours or 127 semester hours;
The student has received a total of combined payment of 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours from the HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel program (Accel payments made beginning with Fall 2011 term are excluded from the 127 hour cap); or
Beginning with those students receiving HOPE for the first time on or after July 1, 2011, seven years from a student’s graduation from high school or the year they would have graduated from high school with their peers; provided, however, that for a student that serves on active duty in the military during such seven-year period such active duty service time will be credited back to the seven years.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that student file their FAFSA at least four to six weeks prior to the date the funds will be needed for registration. The application is available on line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students who do not wish to be considered for federal student aid should complete an application for HOPE Grant/Scholarship funding. Click here for instructions for completing the HOPE application. This application may be completed electronically at: www.GAcollege411.org. This electronic application will speed up the approval process, assuming that all eligibility requirements have been met. Students who decide not to apply electronically can download and print a paper application from the GSFC web site. This paper application must be mailed to GSFC for processing:

Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
Other Sources of Financial Aid
Lanier Technical College also offers many other sources of financial aid including federal Pell Grants, the HOPE scholarship for degree-seeking students, education benefits for veterans and their dependents, and other need-based aid programs. To find out more about financial aid at Lanier Technical College, call 770-533-7019 or 770-533-7018 or visit on-line at www.laniertech.edu/FinancialAid/FinancialAid-main.aspx.
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