2013-2014 Zell Miller Scholarship



The Zell Miller Scholarship is available for Georgia residents, who have demonstrated academic achievement.  This scholarship is part of Georgia’s HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) program, which provides financial assistance to Georgia residents pursuing their degree, diploma, and certificate program at one of Georgia’s public, private, or technical schools. 

The Zell Miller Scholarship award amount depends on the type of school the student attends, the number of credit hours the student is enrolled in, and the cost of attendance.  Residents that attend a school that costs more will receive additional assistance to pay for their education.
Student must meet all Hope Scholarship Eligibility Requirements, which include the following:

1.Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
2.Be a legal resident of Georgia;
3.Meet enrollment requirements;
4.Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
5.Meet academic achievement standards required by the program or the college;
6.Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
7.Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
8.Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program.

Students must also meet one of the 2013-2014 Zell Miller Requirements,

Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian.

Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.

Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.

Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration., and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.

Have first enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint.

2013-2014 Zell Miller Scholarship Amount



The Zell Miller Award amount depends on the the type of institution you are attending and your specific enrollment.  Students attending public colleges or universities receive standard undergraduate tuition for the current academic year based on the number of hours enrolled whether full time or part time.

Students attending private colleges or universities receive the following Zell Miller Scholarship:

·Full-time students: $2,000 per semester, $1,333 per quarter
·Half-time students: $1,000 per semester, $666 per quarter

Zell Miller Award Limitations

1. Students that have completed the below are ineligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year.

2. Attempted more than 127 semester hours (or 190 quarter hours) of college degree credit regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received

3. Has earned a baccalaureate (four-year) college degree, regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received while earning the degree.

4. Graduated from high school more than seven years ago and did not receive a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011.

2013-2014 Zell Miller Scholarship Application


Students have three options for applying for the Zell Miller Scholarship.

FAFSA Application:  Students can complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) that is available online or through paper form.  This application takes into account your families income / assets, Cost of Attendance, and other quantitative factors to determine if you are eligible for federal financial aid.  The information provided will also be used to determine if you are eligible for a Zell Miller Scholarship.

GSFAPPS: Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System.  This application can be completed online.  Currently, there are 24 separate applications that are used to apply for or to renew an application for financial aid programs administered by the Commission. All applications are made electronically on a web-enabled system that permits an Applicant to select the Programs for which they wish to apply. GSFAPPS also automatically pre-fills any data the GSFC already has on the applicant, making it simpler to apply.

GSFAPPS paper version: Students can also complete the GSF APPS through paper version if they don’t have access to a computer device or they feel more comfortable submitting their information through paper version.  Please be aware that this process may take longer to process your information.

2013-2014 Zell Miller Scholarship Deadline



It is highly recommended that applicants submit their HOPE Scholarship application as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the earlier the funds are disbursed to your school and credited to your account.  Technically though, students have until the last day or classes or exams to be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship for the quarter or semester.




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