Conferred a High School Diploma information for the Zell Miller Scholarship
In accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281
A student that received a high school diploma from an eligible high school, through petition of the local school board, in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281.1, may qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship.
Students need a minimum 3.7 GPA (as calculated by GSFC) and a minimum composite score of 26 on a single national or state/district administration of the ACT or a score of 1200 on a single national administration of the SAT, prior to high school graduation, in order to meet the test score requirement for the Zell Miller Scholarship. If the SAT was taken before March 1, 2016, the 1200 score is based on the reading and math portion of the test. If the SAT was taken on or after March 1, 2016, the 1200 is based on total test score.
To have your SAT scores sent to Georgia Student Finance Commission for scholarship eligibility evaluation, a request may be submitted to College Board or call 866.630.9305. Select Georgia Student Finance’s score recipient code of ‘0472’ so that the report will be sent directly to the Georgia Student Finance Commission office. The request for an ACT score report may be submitted to ACT or call 319.337.1270. The ACT report should be mailed to the student’s home address and the unopened report should then be sent to Georgia Student Finance Commission at the address below.
A Zell Miller eligible high school must be accredited by one or more of the accrediting agencies listed below.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Georgia Accrediting Commission;
- Georgia Association of Christian Schools;
- Association of Christian Schools International;
- Georgia Private School Accreditation Council;
- Southern Association of Independent Schools or
- Georgia Independent School Association.
A student who graduates from an eligible high school must earn a 3.7 cumulative grade point average on all core coursework and a minimum combined score of 1,200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT in a single national administration of the test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT in a single national administration of the test. The high school grade point average calculation for the Zell Miller Scholarship is the same as the calculation for the HOPE Scholarship.
- If you were conferred a high school diploma in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281.1 and would like to have your high school transcript evaluated for Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility, complete and submit the Request for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Determination for Diploma Conferred by Petition. Send the completed request, all transcripts and required documents as one package to the following address:
Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, Georgia 30084
- You must also complete an application for the Zell Miller Scholarship by submitting a GSFAPP or the current year FAFSA. The deadline to submit the application and all supporting documentation to Georgia Student Finance Commission is the last day of the semester or quarter immediately following the semester or quarter (excluding Summer term) in which you reached 30 semester or 45 quarter attempted hours (excluding joint or dual credit enrollment).