HOPE is a merit based scholarship program available to students who have met the University System of Georgia and the GSFC residency requirements and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program.

If you are a Georgia resident enrolling in a degree program at KSU, you may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement. For complete information about state programs, please visit GAfutures.org. The information below is provided as general information about the state programs. For complete information, please consult the Georgia Student Finance Commission by calling 770-724-9000 or visiting www.gsfc.org.

Applying for the HOPE Scholarship

If you think you may be eligible, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS).

To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete an application - FAFSA or GSFAPPS.
  • Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the college.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program.
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 HOPE GPA, which includes all college level coursework attempted since high school and from any institution attended.
  • Must have attempted less than 127 hours.
  • Must be a final HOPE Scholar if less than 30 attempted hours.
  • Must not have reached your expiration of eligibility date.
  • Must not have earned an baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree.
  • If you recently graduated from high school, you can only be awarded after Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) has evaluated your high school transcripts. After noting you are a HOPE Scholar, you may contact our office by email if not awarded HOPE at KSU.

    If you are not a HOPE Scholar at the time of high school graduation, you may earn the HOPE Scholarship by achieving a 3.00 HOPE GPA at the 30, 60 or 90 attempted hours. If you have a 3.00 HOPE at one of these benchmarks, please contact our office.

  • All students must maintain a 3.00 HOPE GPA at their 30, 60 and 90 attempted hours checkpoint and at the end of every Spring semester.

  • Award amounts are determined annually by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. To view the current award amounts, please visit GSFC's website.

    The amount of a student's HOPE Scholarship is ultimately based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled each semester, not to exceed payment for a maximum of 15 semester hours. The initial award amount assumes the maximum HOPE amount (15 hour rate) for which the student is eligible each semester.  The HOPE award amount will be reduced when students enroll in fewer than 15 hours and will adjust at the time of disbursement of financial aid. HOPE award amounts cannot be increased for students who enroll in more than 15 hours.  Furthermore, the HOPE Award Amount cannot exceed the student's total tuition charges for the semester.

    To view the HOPE Scholarship Rules and Regulations, please visit GSFC's website.

  • Students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993 may receive a one-time $500 HOPE award. This award can be used toward tuition, books, and other educational costs at an eligible Georgia public or private college, university, or public technical college in a degree, diploma, or certificate program. At KSU, this award is processed after you are enrolled for your first semester. Click here for more information.

  • KSU students going away as Transients:

    • Request a certification of HOPE eligibility by submitting the HOPE Transient Request Form.

    • Certification for Summer HOPE Scholarship will be pending end-of-Spring review of all GPAs and cannot be processed until after mid- May. If you are registered for hours at another institution, you are responsible for payment according to their deadlines.

    • No more than 15 hours of payment are allowed per semester.

    • Remember to request all final transcripts be sent to KSU Admissions.

    Incoming Transient students who have been receiving HOPE Scholarship or Zell Miller Scholarship from another Georgia institution:

    • Ask the Financial Aid Office at their home school to send a HOPE Transient certification to KSU Office of Student Financial Aid confirming continuing eligibility. When this is received, you will see your HOPE award on OwlExpress.

    • For 2019-2020, at KSU, HOPE pays $167.00 per hour enrolled . If eligible for Zell Miller, the standard tuition rate is covered ($185.40 per semester hour). After financial aid credits are applied, any balance that is due must be paid to avoid late charges or deletion from classes. If you have already paid all of your charges, you will receive a refund from the Bursar.

    All Transient students receive their federal aid, Stafford student loans and Pell Grant, from their home institution after enrollment is confirmed after the end of Drop/Add.

    A Consortium Agreement must be completed if you are receiving any Federal Aid (i.e., Stafford Loan, Pell Grant). If you are only receiving the HOPE Scholarship or Zell Miller Scholarship, the consortium agreement is not necessary.  You will need to complete the HOPE Transient Request Form.  Please remember that you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to qualify for loans. A Transient student coming from a school outside of Georgia cannot receive HOPE funding according to state regulations.