In order to help Georgia citizens finance their education, the state has established the Georgia HOPE Program. HOPE is Georgia's unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs. The HOPE Program consists of HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Grant, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE GED Grant, and the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant. The HOPE Program is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
HOPE Grant Program
Unlike the HOPE Scholarship Program, students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific grade point average. However, students are required to have a minimum postsecondary cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at certain checkpoints. The HOPE Grant is available for students seeking a diploma or technical certificate of credit. The award amount covers a percentage of the tuition and is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission based on projected lottery revenues and expenditures. The HOPE award amount is subject to change each year.
Zell Miller Grant Program
Zell Miller Grant is available for students seeking a diploma or technical certificate of credit and who have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. The Zell Miller Grant covers full standard tuition.
HOPE Scholarship Program
HOPE Scholarship is available to those students who have graduated from a Georgia high school as a designated HOPE Scholar or students may obtain HOPE Scholarship eligibility by obtaining and maintaining a 3.0 HOPE GPA at a tier checkpoint. The HOPE Scholarship award amount at a public college covers a percentage of the tuition for students seeking a degree program. Learning support/remedial coursework is not eligible to receive HOPE Scholarship funding. The HOPE Scholarship award amount is determined annually by the Georgia Student Finance Commission based on projected lottery revenues and expenditures. The HOPE Scholarship award amount is subject to change each year.
Zell Miller Scholarship Program
Zell Miller Scholarship is available to those students who have graduated from a Georgia high school as a designated Zell Miller Scholar. Students must maintain a 3.5 HOPE GPA at tier checkpoints to remain eligible for Zell Miller Scholarship. Learning support/remedial coursework is not eligible to receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding. The Zell Miller Grant covers full standard tuition for students seeking a degree program.
HOPE GED Grant Program
HOPE GED Grant is a one-time $500 HOPE award issued to students who have earned their GED diploma after June 30, 1993 awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia. The award can be used toward tuition, fees, books and supplies, or other educational expenses. The award must be used within 24 months from the date issued.
Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)
Beginning with Fall Semester 2013, students who are receiving the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) for specific programs designated by Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). To qualify, a student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the programs designated by GSFC, and receiving the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant for the same term. High school students in dual enrollment programs are not eligible for the SIWDG Award.
How to Apply for HOPE / State Aid Programs
All applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that students file their FAFSA at least four to six weeks prior to the date the funds will be needed for registration. The application is available on line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Students who do not wish to be considered for federal student aid may complete an application for HOPE Grant/Scholarship funding. Click here for instructions for completing the HOPE application. This application may be completed electronically at: https://www.gafutures.org/. This electronic application will speed up the approval process, assuming that all eligibility requirements have been met. Students who decide not to apply electronically can download and print a paper application from the GSFC web site. This paper application must be mailed to GSFC for processing:
Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
All HOPE and State Aid Program regulations are available at https://www.gafutures.org/.
Other Sources of Financial Aid
Lanier Technical College also offers many other sources of financial aid including federal Pell Grants, education benefits for veterans and their dependents, and other need-based aid programs. To find out more about financial aid at Lanier Technical College, call 770-533-7019 or 770-533-7018 or visit on-line at www.laniertech.edu/FinancialAid/FinancialAid-main.aspx.