Here, you will find information about the state aid programs that fall under the HOPE Program. These programs offered at the University of West Georgia are the HOPE Scholarship, the Zell Miller Scholarship, and Accel. Use the navigation tree below to find more information about these programs.

Georgia Student Finance CommissionGSFC Special Information for the Graduating Class of 2021 Only

HOPE/Zell Miller Information

To apply for HOPE and Zell Miller, complete either:

  • 2021-2022 FAFSA on the Federal Student Aid site. This will apply for HOPE/Zell Miller, Direct student loans, Pell Grant, and Federal Work Study. The FAFSA fulfills the application requirement for one aid year (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022) and must be renewed every year to continue to receive HOPE Program and federal student aid funds.*Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.
  • GSFAPPS on the Georgia Futures site. This will apply for HOPE/Zell Miller only. To receive federal student aid, a FAFSA is required. A GSFAPPS only needs to be completed once.

You must enter the University of West Georgia's school code (001601) for either the FAFSA or GSFAPPS for us to receive that application. Additional inquiries about applying can be directed to HOPEINQ@westga.edu.

HOPE Scholarship General Information

The HOPE Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are residents of Georgia, maintain a 3.0 HOPE GPA, and meet UWG's academic progress rules. For the High School Graduating Class of 2017 and beyond, a student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE/Zell Miller Scholar at the time of high school graduation must earn a minimum of four full credits from the academic rigor course categories prior to graduating from high school. A student that did not graduate high school as eligible for the HOPE Scholarship can gain eligibility at specified checkpoints. The HOPE Scholarship program has attempted and paid hour maximums of 127 hours.

Zell Miller Scholarship General Information

The Zell Miller Scholarship is awarded to only incoming freshmen who are residents of Georgia, graduated from high school with at least a 3.7 GPA, received either a 1200 SAT or 26 ACT score in one sitting before graduating high school, and maintain a 3.3 GPA in college. For the High School Graduating Class of 2017 and beyond, a student meeting the requirements to be a HOPE/Zell Miller Scholar at the time of high school graduation must earn a minimum of four full credits from the academic rigor course categories prior to graduating from high school.  A student that has lost Zell Miller eligibility can regain eligibility at specified checkpoints (see chart below). The Zell Miller Scholarship program has attempted and paid hour maximums of 127 hours.

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Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amounts

2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Award Amounts

Zell Miller Award Amounts  
If You Are Taking:Zell Miller Pays:
1 Hour$182.13
2 Hours$364.26
3 Hours$546.39
4 Hours$728.52
5 Hours$910.65
6 Hours$1,092.78
7 Hours$1,274.91
8 Hours$1,457.04
9 Hours$1,639.17
10 Hours$1,821.30
11 Hours$2,003.43
12 Hours$2,185.56
13 Hours$2,367.69
14 Hours$2,549.82
15 Hours$2,732.00

HOPE Scholarship Award Amounts

2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Award Amounts

HOPE Award Amounts  
If You Are Taking: HOPE Pays:
1 Hour$167
2 Hours$334
3 Hours$501
4 Hours$668
5 Hours$835
6 Hours$1,002
7 Hours$1,169
8 Hours$1,336
9 Hours$1,503
10 Hours$1,670
11 Hours$1,837
12 Hours$2,004
13 Hours$2,171
14 Hours$2,338
15 Hours$2,505

Checkpoints for HOPE and Zell Miller Eligibility

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How Eligibility is Determined - HOPE GPA and Attempted Hours

What is a HOPE GPA?

Your initial eligibility is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission** based on your high school HOPE GPA and the completion of academic rigor courses. However, after your first term of enrollment in college, your eligibility for HOPE or Zell Miller depends on your college HOPE GPA.This is not necessarily the same as your GPA on WolfWatch! All the grades you earn from all colleges after high school graduation (your dual enrollment classes will not be included), except for grades of W, S, U, and I, are used to calculate your HOPE GPA.

What is an Attempted Hour?

Attempted Hours are used to determine your HOPE checkpoints, NOT your HOPE GPA. If you begin the class, it will count as attempted hours, unless you drop it during the Drop/Add period. All courses that you withdraw from ("W" or "WF" grade) are still counted in the attempted hours calculation. Classes taken prior to high school graduation (such as dual enrollment) do NOT count as Attempted Hours. Classes taken at other colleges will also count as Attempted Hours. You can find your Attempted Hours and HOPE GPA by logging into or creating a GAFutures.org account.

* The Georgia Student Finance Commission determines high school student eligibility from the student's GPA, fulfillment of academic rigor requirements, and achievement of test scores. UWG only determines that the student is an eligible US citizen and GA resident, and that the application requirement is met. Questions or issues regarding high school graduate eligibility should be directed to 1 (800) 505-4732 (GSFC).

** Academic Rigor Requirements and their fulfillment are determined solely by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. For more information about rigor requirements, please view the HOPE Scholarship Regulations. Rigor requirements do not need to be met if seeking to gain HOPE Scholarship AFTER high school graduation for the first time.

***The HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant are not offered at UWG.

HOPE Scholarship Eligibility  
Academic RequirementsHOPE Scholarship
High School Graduate3.0 HOPE GPA (including rigor requirements)
UWG Student3.0 HOPE GPA
Transfer College StudentTranscripts from ALL other colleges attended must be submitted to the Registrar's Office for review.
3.0 HOPE GPA
Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility  
Academic RequirementsZell Miller Scholarship
High School Graduate3.7 HOPE GPA (including rigor requirements)
AND EITHER: 1200 SAT (one sitting) or 26 ACT
UWG Student3.3 HOPE GPA
Transfer College StudentTranscripts from ALL other colleges attended must be submitted to the Registrar's Office for review.
3.3 HOPE GPA

The Dual Enrollment program offers funding for high school students that are enrolled in college courses. Further information about utilizing the Dual Enrollment program and the costs associated with dual enrollment can be obtained by contacting the UWG Office of Undergraduate Admissions at dualenroll@westga.edu

Three other state programs offered here at UWG are the Georgia HERO Scholarship, the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant, and the Georgia National Guard (GNC) Service Cancelable Loan (SCL). Please note, these programs are limited to specific students through an additional application process, based on Georgia National Guard or Georgia Public Safety involvement.

Resources for Students

FAFSA

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

FAFSA

GAfutures

GAfutures is part of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, meant to promote and increase access to education beyond high school for Georgians.

GAfutures

GSFC

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) helps students access higher education by providing financial aid options and programs to make college more affordable.

GSFC