Georgia Student Finance Commission


Limits and Expiration of Eligibility

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

Limits and Expiration of Eligibility

Limits and Expiration of Eligibility

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships have limits to how long students can receive the scholarship payment based on the limits listed below. 

  • Expiration of Eligibility
  • Ten Year Eligibility Limit
  • Seven Year Eligibility Limit

Expiration of Eligibility

The Expiration of Eligibility is based upon your total attempted hours and degrees earned. HOPE and Zell Miller Scholars eligibility will expire when any one of the following occurs:

  • Students have received payment for 127 semester or 190 quarter hours. This includes any payments from HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE and Zell Miller Grant, and Accel Program.
  • Attempted 127 semester or 190 quarter hours of college degree credit, regardless of whether or not HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship funds were received while attempting the hours.
  • Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship funds were received while pursuing the degree.

Ten Year Eligibility Limit

Students who receive their first HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship payment Summer term 2019 or later may receive HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship payment until ten years after the date of their high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or the date of their petition to receive a high school diploma, whichever occurs first.

Seven Year Eligibility Limit

Students who received their first HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship payment between Summer term 2011 and Spring term 2019, may receive HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship funding until seven years after the date of their high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or the date of their petition to receive a high school diploma, whichever occurs first.

Eligibility Expiration Date

Students’ eligibility will expire on June 30th of the seventh or tenth year, respectfully, following the student's high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or date of petition to receive a high school diploma.

 

No Expiration Limits

The Ten and Seven Year Eligibility Limits do not apply to HOPE and Zell Miller Scholars who received their first HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship payment before Summer 2011.

Eligibility Limit Extensions

United States Military Service Extension

  • Students who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the seven or ten year eligibility period and before the calculated expiration of eligibility limit, may request an extension of eligibility based on their active-duty service time. The Military Extension to the Length of Eligibility Limit form must be submitted to GSFC to request the extension. 

ADA Limited Extension

  • Students with a disability, as defined in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 12102, which has prevented full-time enrollment while pursuing an undergraduate Degree, may request a limited extension from the applicable eligibility limit for additional time.  The ADA Limited Extension Request form must be submitted to GSFC to request the extension. 

The student must meet the following criteria:

  • Has a seven year or ten year HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility limit;
  • Has not reached or exceeded the Attempted-Hours or Paid Hours limits;
  • Has received the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship and meets all eligibility requirements;
  • Has been enrolled at an eligible college or university each academic year unless there is a documented long-term illness;
  • Each term of enrollment is less than full time (12 hours or more) due to the disability.

 

Academic Loss

Eligibility can be lost if a student’s GPA falls below the minimum requirement. Click here for more information about Academic Eligibility in College.

 

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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