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HOPE Seven Year Eligibility Limit

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

HOPE Seven Year Eligibility Limit

Effective Fall term 2015, students who did not receive a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011 are eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship until seven years after the date of their high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or the date of his or her petition to receive a high school diploma in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281, whichever occurred first.

The expiration of eligibility date will be June 30 of the seventh academic year following the student's high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or date of petition to receive a high school diploma.

A student that served on active duty in the U.S. Military during the seven years after his or her high school graduation, home study completion, or GED test, or date of petition, and before the calculated expiration of eligibility date, may request an extension of eligibility based on active duty service time. Please complete the Request for an Extension to the Seven Year Expiration of Eligibility Date form that must be submitted to GSFC to request the extension. 

A student who received a HOPE Scholarship award prior to Summer term 2011 (FY2012) is not subject to the seven year limit.