Georgia Student Finance Commission


Academic Eligibility in College

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

Academic Eligibility in College

Zell Miller Scholarship

Zell Miller Scholars have academic requirements that must be met to maintain Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility while in college. The information below highlights the academic requirements.

Maintaining Academic Eligibility

College/University Enrollment

  • Zell Miller Scholars must:
    • Be enrolled in an undergraduate major or program of study (associate or bachelor’s degree)
    • Attend an eligible college or university in Georgia
      • Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
        • No minimum number of hours per semester of enrollment required for eligibility
      • University System of Georgia (USG)
        • No minimum number of hours per semester of enrollment required for eligibility
      • Eligible Private College/University
        • A minimum of six (6) hours per semester or quarter of enrollment required for eligibility

Attempted Hours

Academic Eligibility is tracked by the student’s Attempted Hours and calculated GPA (grade point average). 

All courses attempted after high school graduation or equivalent and corresponding grades, as shown on official transcripts, are counted toward the Zell Miller Scholarship Attempted Hours and GPA calculation.

  • Credit hours and grades for each time a course is taken are included in the Attempted Hours and GPA
  • Credit hours for withdrawn courses are included in the Attempted Hours, but are not included in the GPA
  • Credit hours and grades for courses in which the student did not receive HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship are included in the Attempted Hours and GPA
  • Note: Remedial or Learning Support courses attempted since Fall term 2011 are not included in the Attempted Hours and GPA
  • Note: Credit hours and grades for courses attempted prior to high school graduation, home study completion or GED test date are not included in the Attempted Hours and GPA

Checkpoints and GPA

Zell Miller Scholarship requires a minimum 3.3 calculated HOPE GPA at each Checkpoint to maintain eligibility.

Attempted Hours Checkpoint

Scholarship Attempted Hours Checkpoint 

- Continue eligibility with required minimum GPA 

- Lose eligibility if required minimum GPA is not met

- Regain eligibility with required minimum GPA

30 Semester or

 45 Quarter

60 Semester or

 90 Quarter 

90 Semester or

135 Quarter 

1st Checkpoint

2nd Checkpoint

3rd Checkpoint

 

End of Spring Checkpoint

Scholarship End of Spring Checkpoint

- Continue eligibility with required minimum GPA

- Lose eligibility if required minimum GPA is not met

Checkpoint at the end of every Spring term when the scholarship is received any term during the aid year.

 

First Three-Term Checkpoint

Scholarship Three-Term Checkpoint

- Continue eligibility with required minimum GPA 

- Lose eligibility if required minimum GPA is not met

Checkpoint at the end of the first three paid semesters or quarters, if enrolled for less than 12 hours during each of those three terms.

A Three Term Checkpoint is not conducted if the student enrolls more than 12 hours during the first three terms.

 

Checkpoint Notes

  • If at the end of a Spring term, a student is at their Attempted Hours Checkpoint, it is applied instead of the End of Spring Checkpoint
  • All Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by your college/university even if you have not reached the Attempted Hours or End of Spring Checkpoint

Hours Limit

  • Students meeting the Checkpoints and GPA requirements can be eligible to receive the scholarship up to a total of 127 semester or 190 quarter Attempted or Paid hours
  • Note: Total Paid Hours are calculated by including any combination of hours in which the student received HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Grant and Accel

 

Gaining and Regaining Eligibility in College

If you have lost Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility at a Checkpoint it may be possible for you to regain eligibility. The information below highlights the academic requirements to regain eligibility for Zell Miller Scholarship. 

Gaining Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility

  • Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility is gained by meeting academic eligibility requirements (GPA and ACT/SAT scores) at the time of high school graduation, home study completion or GED test date (see the Initial Academic Eligibility page)
  • Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility cannot be gained as a college/university student

Regaining Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility at Attempted Hours Checkpoint

  • Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility may be regained when a student continues enrollment and has a minimum 3.3 calculated HOPE GPA at their next Attempted Hours Checkpoint
  • The 90 Attempted Hours Checkpoint is the last checkpoint to regain Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility or gain HOPE Scholarship eligibility
  • You cannot regain Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility at the End of Spring Checkpoint
  • If at the end of a Spring term, a student is at their Attempted Hours Checkpoint, it is applied instead of the End of Spring Checkpoint
  • When a student loses Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility at a checkpoint, with a minimum 3.0 calculated HOPE GPA, they can receive HOPE Scholarship
  • Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility may be regained one time at an Attempted Hours Checkpoint
  • On the second loss of Zell Miller Scholarship, you become permanently ineligible for Zell Miller Scholarship

 

College Transfers and Transient Eligibility

The information below highlights the requirements to maintain Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility when transferring to or attending as a transient student at another HOPE eligible college/university.

Transferring Colleges

  • Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility may continue when transferring from one HOPE eligible college/university to another HOPE eligible college/university by continuing to meet all the eligibility requirements at the new college/university
    • Zell Miller Scholars are not eligible to receive Zell Miller Scholarship at a non-HOPE eligible college or university
  • All college/university degree credit hours attempted at any college/university, and the corresponding grades, are counted toward the calculated HOPE GPA, even if those hours and grades are not accepted by your transfer college/university
    • If after high school, you attend an out of state or non-HOPE eligible college/university and later transfer to a HOPE eligible college/university all the hours taken at the out of state and non-HOPE eligible college/university count in the Attempted Hours and GPA calculation for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship

Transient Enrollment

  • Transient enrollment is when your college/university (home institution) approves your enrollment in a course(s) at a “host” institution with the purpose of applying the credit earned to your major or program of study at your college/university
  • Zell Miller Scholarship may be received for transient courses if:
    • You are receiving Zell Miller Scholarship at your college/university
    • Your college/university approved the course(s) for Transient and will accept the credit
    • The college/university where the course will be taken is another HOPE eligible college/university
  • All college/university degree credit hours attempted at any college/university, and the corresponding grades, are counted toward the calculated HOPE GPA, even if those hours and grades are not accepted by your transfer college/university
  • Note: Georgia graduates who go to college out of state (are not attending a HOPE eligible college/ university) cannot receive HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship for a transient course or course enrolled while at home at a HOPE eligible Georgia college/university 
    • The college/university where the student is pursuing their degree must be a HOPE eligible college/university  

 

*Students must meet all eligibility requirements

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