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STATE FINANCIAL AID


General Requirements for State Aid

  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student
  • Meet Georgia residency requirements
  • Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by the University

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) 

The GTEG is a non-need-based grant that provides funding for eligible Georgia residents attending qualified private colleges in Georgia. Students must be enrolled full-time (taking 12 or more credit hours). All Georgia residents (with at least one year of residency) should complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAcollege411 website.


HOPE Scholarship

The Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship is for Georgia residents who show academic achievement by meeting certain academic requirements. Students attending private colleges or universities receive a HOPE award amount, up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a half-time or full-time enrollment status.

To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must:

  1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:
  • Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
  • Complete a HOPE-eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average. For more details, click here.
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete an ineligible home study program, or earn a GED and score in the national composite 85th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT. For more details, click here.
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. For more details, click here.
  • Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status. For more details, click here.
  1. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  2. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  3. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia. View a list of HOPE eligible colleges and universities .
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  8. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.  For more details, click here.

Be sure to keep in mind when preparing your class schedule and calculating financial aid, HOPE Scholarship will no longer pay for remedial coursework.

For more information on application procedures and deadlines click here.


Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE-eligible college in Georgia. All students attending Thomas University who qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship must complete the GSFAPPS application on GAcollege411.com or download the paper application click here .

Eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship out of high school is verified through the Georgia Student Finance Commission's database. To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and:

  1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:
  • Graduate from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or the salutatorian. Click here for more information.
  • Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
  • Complete an eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
  • Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration, and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This option allows retroactive payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. Click here for more information.
  • Enroll in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and earn a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint. Click here for more information.
  1. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirement.
  2. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirement.
  3. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia. View a list of HOPE eligible colleges and universities .
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for Zell Miller Scholarship payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  8. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.  For more details, click here

More information is available at www.GAcollege411.org.


HERO Scholarship

The HERO scholarship is designed to provide educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones, and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves.

To be eligible to apply for a Georgia's HERO Scholarship, you must meet the requirements of one of the following four categories:

  1. Be an active member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who is a Georgia resident and was deployed outside the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries.
  2. Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  3. Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100% disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  4. Be the spouse of a former member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who was a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100% disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone.

Eligible recipients may receive up to $2,000 per academic school year. Award amounts are prorated for school terms in which recipients are enrolled for less than full time (12 hours).

Students who meet the above eligibility requirements in categories 1, 3 or 4 may receive up to $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.

Students who meet the above eligibility requirements in category 2 may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for each qualifying term of service of at least 181 cumulative days, or for a qualifying term of service of less than 181 cumulative days if the parent was evacuated because of severe injuries.

Students in category 2 gain eligibility for $2,000 per qualifying term of service, for a maximum of four qualifying terms of service, not to exceed a total of $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.

More information and program regulations are available at GAcollege411.com. 

Download a HERO application.

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