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.

Applying for HOPE Programs

To apply for HOPE and Zell Miller, complete either:

  • 2017-2018 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. 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 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018) and must be renewed every year to continue to receive HOPE Program and federal student aid funds.
  • GSFAPPS at www.gafutures.org. 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 (see chart below).

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).

 

HOPE and Zell Miller Award Amounts

2017-2018 (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018)

UWG Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amounts Aid Year 2017-18
& 2018-19*
*Tuition rates and Zell Miller Rates are the same for 2017-18
& 2018-19.

IF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD
1 Hour $177.67
2 Hours $355.34
3 Hours $533.01
4 Hours $710.68
5 Hours $888.35
6 Hours $1,066.02
7 Hours $1,243.69
8 Hours $1,421.36
9 Hours $1,599.03
10 Hours $1,776.70
11 Hours $1,954.37
12 Hours $2,132.04
13 Hours $2,309.71
14 Hours $2,487.38
15 Hours $2,665.00

UWG Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amounts Aid Year 2017-18 & 2018-19**Tuition rates and Zell Miller Rates are the same for 2017-18 & 2018-19.

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 1 Hour
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $177.67

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 2 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $355.34

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 3 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $533.01

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 4 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $710.68

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 5 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $888.35

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 6 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,066.02

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 7 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,243.69

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 8 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,421.36

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 9 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,599.03

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 10 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,776.70

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 11 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $1,954.37

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 12 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $2,132.04

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 13 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $2,309.71

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 14 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $2,487.38

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 15 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST & ZELL MILLER AWARD: $2,665.00

UWG HOPE Scholarship Award Amounts Aid Year 2017-18
& 2018-2019*

*Tuition rates did not increase for 2018-19.

IF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE: 2017-2018 HOPE RATE: 2018-2019 HOPE RATE:
1 Hour $177.67 $157 $162
2 Hours $355.34 $314 $324
3 Hours $533.01 $471 $486
4 Hours $707.21 $628 $648
5 Hours $881.41 $785 $810
6 Hours $1,055.61 $942 $972
7 Hours $1,229.81 $1,099 $1,134
8 Hours $1,404.01 $1,256 $1,296
9 Hours $1,578.21 $1,413 $1,458
10 Hours $1,752.41 $1,570 $1,620
11 Hours $1,926.61 $1,727 $1,782
12 Hours $2,100.81 $1,884 $1,944
13 Hours $2,275.01 $2,041 $2,106
14 Hours $2,449.21 $2,198 $2,268
15 Hours $2,665.00 $2,355 $2,430

UWG HOPE Scholarship Award Amounts Aid Year 2017-18 & 2018-2019* *Tuition rates did not increase for 2018-19.

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 1 Hour
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $177.67
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $157
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $162

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 2 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $355.34
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $314
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $324

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 3 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $533.01
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $471
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $486

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 4 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $707.21
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $628
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $648

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 5 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $881.41
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $785
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $810

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 6 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,055.61
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $942
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $972

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 7 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,229.81
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,099
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,134

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 8 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,404.01
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,256
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,296

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 9 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,578.21
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,413
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,458

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 10 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,752.41
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,570
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,620

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 11 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $1,926.61
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,727
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,782

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 12 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $2,100.81
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $1,884
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $1,944

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 13 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $2,275.01
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $2,041
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $2,106

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 14 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $2,449.21
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $2,198
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $2,268

  • IF YOU ARE TAKING: 15 Hours
    YOUR TUITION COST BEFORE HOPE:: $2,665.00
    2017-2018 HOPE RATE:: $2,355
    2018-2019 HOPE RATE:: $2,430


Checkpoints for HOPE and Zell Miller Eligibility

HOPE Check Points

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 withdraw from it during the Drop/Add period. 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 Banweb and viewing the "HOPE Eligibility Status" tool.

* 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 page 10 of 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 Requirements

Dual Enrollment (previously called Move on When Ready) - General Information

The Move on When Ready program offers funding for high school students that are enrolled in college courses. Further information about utilizing the Move on When Ready program and the costs associated with dual enrollment can be obtained by contacting April Wood at awood@westga.edu in the Office of New Student Programs.

Additional State Aid Program Resources

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.