Georgia’s HOPE Program
HOPE – Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally – is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. Make sure to check with the financial aid office at the institution you are interested in to find out their policies regarding the HOPE.
Students who qualify for the HOPE and attend an eligible Georgia college or university will receive a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges up to the total cost of tuition for the number of hours enrolled. The HOPE Scholarship does not pay for room and board.
To apply and learn more about the HOPE Program, click here.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Program
The purpose of the equalization grant program is to encourage Georgia residents to attend eligible private colleges in Georgia by providing grant assistance and to assist Georgia residents living near the state border attending out-of-state four-year public colleges within 50 miles of their home.
To apply and learn more, click here.
Scholarships are available through the school you will attend, departments/colleges within the school and from many other sources. Each scholarship application varies in its requirements and deadlines as well as in its potential awards. Use the links below to search for scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. In addition to these searches, contact the Financial Aid Office at the college/university you’ve been accepted into and inquire about available scholarships.
When looking for scholarships, keep the following in mind:
- Start early. Begin looking into possibilities during the junior year. Be ready to locate and complete applications early in the senior year. Establish a free scholarship account by visiting www.fastweb.com considered to be one of the best scholarship search sites currently available.
- The larger scholarships are usually awarded by the individual colleges.
- Private colleges are often more generous in awarding scholarships, thus making private colleges competitive in price with public colleges.
- Apply for local scholarships. These are generally for smaller amounts; however, the competition is not as great.
- Be aware of deadlines.
- Search internet sites and check with the guidance office.
- Be certain that the financial aid and scholarship awards are renewable.
- Keep a hard copy of every admission and scholarship application submitted for your records. Print off e-mail confirmations if applying online. If you receive an interview or are named a finalist for a scholarship, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the information you submitted prior to interviews.
- Scholarship searches that charge a fee are very seldom worth the money and some are scams. For more information regarding scholarship scams, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or visit them at www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.