(from gsfc.org website)
Georgia residents who are attending a Georgia public technical college to earn a certificate or diploma are eligible for a HOPE Grant regardless of high school graduation date or grade average. You may receive the Hope Grant for an unlimited number of programs that qualify under the guidelines.
Full-time enrollment is not required, but you must be making satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility. You are not required to maintain a "B" average to renew your HOPE Grant.
The HOPE Grant covers tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $100 per quarter.
How to Apply
All HOPE applicants attending an eligible technical college must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application each year.
These applications are available at any eligible Georgia public technical college. Ask the financial aid office at the technical college you plan to attend for the necessary application. A student may also apply for HOPE by completing an e-HOPE (online) application at www.gsfc.org/ehope
Implications for Home Schoolers
A student may enter a program that results in a "certificate" such as "web design" or in the case of CCSU, "Information Technology Certificate", and take the courses under coverage of the Hope Grant. No previous record of grades or accredited school is required. All of Georgia's technical schools have certificate programs in various occupational areas and some undergraduate schools, like CCSU, do as well.
This gives the student the ability to complete "college level" courses prior to high school graduation and have a "college record" to present on arrival at the admissions office. If the student can obtain 30 semester hours of credit with a B average using the Hope Grant, application can be made for Hope Scholarship funds for the next semester.
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