HOPE - GA Tech Financial Aid

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HOPE
HOPE
Helping
Outstanding
Pupils
Educationally
www.finaid.gatech.edu/hope
What is the HOPE Scholarship?
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A merit based scholarship program that encourages
secondary and postsecondary academic achievement
at Georgia institutions
Funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and
administered by the Georgia Student Finance
Commission
Covers through Summer 2011:
 Tuition
 HOPE-approved mandatory fees
 Book allowance
In all cases, students must
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Not have a Bachelor’s degree
Meet Georgia Residency requirements
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Be a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Alien
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(12/24 months prior to term HOPE is sought)
(12 months prior to term HOPE is sought)
Register with Selective Service (males only)
Not be in default or owe a refund on Federal or State
programs
Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free
Postsecondary Education Act of 1990
Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
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Applies to all financial aid recipients…including HOPE
Measures Include:
 Qualitative
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GPA standards( A separate standard than Academic Standing)
 Freshman = 1.7
 Sophomore = 1.9
 Junior / Senior = 2.0
 Quantitative
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Must successfully complete 75% of course work attempted each
term
 Maximum Time Frame…..Sets a maximum on the number of total hours
attempted toward a degree
www.finaid.gatech.edu/policies/sap
Freshman… through Summer 2011
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Georgia Resident
Georgia High School
3.0 high school GPA (college preparatory diploma)
-GSFC will determine the high school GPA for All-
Special exceptions are possible for:
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Non-residents with military tuition waivers
Out-of-state high school students
Home-Schooled students
For all other Undergrads
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Georgia Resident
30 or more post secondary credit hours
3.0 cumulative GPA –
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At most recent Tier checkpoint (30th, 60th, or 90th
credit hour)
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Financial aid office will determine HOPE GPA using college coursework
attempted since high school graduation
Application Process
Step 1
Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships
and Financial Aid
www.finaid.gatech.edu/forms/
This application is year specific and must be completed yearly by all
students seeking financial aid including HOPE
Priority deadline = May 1st
Application Process
Step 2
HOPE ONLY
ALL FINANCIAL AID
GSFAPPS
www.gacollege411.org
FAFSA
www.fafsa.ed.gov
One time
Yearly
Priority deadline = May 1st
Scholarship Award Amounts…
through Summer 2011
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Tuition- paid in full
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Fees (Fall/Spring)
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Full time enrollment not required for any term
Enrolled 1- 3 credits = $49
Enrolled 4+ credits = $434
Book Stipend (Fall/Spring)
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Enrolled 1- 5 credits = $75
Enrolled 6+ credits = $150
Summer
1 – 3 credits = $33
4+ credits = $300
Summer
1 – 5 credits = TBA
6+ credits = $75
($150 for PELL eligible students
enrolled in 6+ credits)
Length of Scholarship
HOPE ends when the student either:
 Receives 1st Bachelor’s degree
OR
 Reaches 127 paid or attempted credit hours
Two Types of Limits
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Attempted Hours
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College credit attempted after high school
graduation
Paid Hours
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College credit paid by HOPE Scholarship, HOPE
Grant, and HOPE ACCEL (effective Fall 2004)
HOPE ends when: You are {Paid/Attempt} 127 credit hours
Example of
Attempted vs. Paid Hours
High School (Joint Enrollment) = 9 credits paid
with ACCEL funds
1st Semester @ GT = 12 credit hours
Attempted hours = 12
Paid hours = 12 + 9 = 21
Credit Hours
Attempted Hours Included in HOPE :
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College coursework after high school graduation
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Pass / Fail
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Learning Support
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Regents’ test prep
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Withdrawn “W”
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Withdrawn Failing “WF”
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GT Forgiven Coursework
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HOPE GPA may/will vary from Tech GPA if student utilizes grade substitution
Attempted Hours Excluded from HOPE:
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AP / IB / CLEP
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Joint Enrolled Hours
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Dual Credit Hours
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Audit Hours / CO-OP Hours
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Classes dropped during Drop / Add
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GSFC approved Medical and Military Withdrawn coursework
Grade Substitution Policy
Impacts Freshmen effective Fall 2005
www.registrar.gatech.edu
Remember: HOPE includes forgiven courses!
If a student utilizes the Grade Substitution policy and repeats a course,
the credits and grades issued in both occurrences are included in
the HOPE attempted hours and HOPE GPA
Graduate Coursework
HOPE recipients enrolled in graduate coursework
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Must provide documentation from the academic
advisor specifying graduate course will count towards
undergraduate degree
HOPE will not pay for the graduate course without
approval from academic advisor
Maintaining Your Award
Your overall HOPE GPA must be 3.0 at the following
checkpoints:
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Tier Checkpoint
 30th, 60th, 90th attempted credit hour
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Spring Checkpoint
 Every spring term for all students
 The fall GPA will count for the end of spring checkpoint for
CO-OP and Intern students who did not take classes for spring
Regaining HOPE
 HOPE can be REGAINED!
 If your overall HOPE GPA is 3.0 at the 30th, 60th, or 90th
credit hour checkpoint …
 Effective Fall…
 If HOPE is lost at any checkpoint students will have
only one chance to regain HOPE eligibility at the 30th,
60th, or 90th credit hour checkpoint
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More information to come as regulations are finalized
Special Note: The 90th credit hour checkpoint
is the last checkpoint to regain HOPE…
Example of Regaining HOPE
Fall
Spring
Summer
Fall
Have HOPE?
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Attempted
Hours
14
28
40
Etc.
Overall
GPA
2.8
2.9
3.1
Etc.
Eligibility
OK for
Spring
Lost for
Summer
Regained
for Fall
Etc.
Attending Another School
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Study Abroad
Foreign Exchange
Cross Enrollment
Transient
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Transient students must complete a HOPE Scholarship Transient Form
to receive HOPE payment at the host institution
www.finaid.gatech.edu/forms
….These credit hours count toward the HOPE GPA
and HOPE attempted hours.
Remember!
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If you register through another school
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(Transient Study, Foreign Exchange or Cross Enrolled) you must request
to have a transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar at end of the term
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HOPE will not pay for the next term of enrollment until a transcript has
been received and processed by the Office of the Registrar
If we do not have all your transcripts
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We may award a “Predicted” HOPE award to allow time to have your
transcripts received and processed by the Registrar’s Office
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Defers your tuition and fees up to 30 days
Buzzport HOPE Eligibility Status
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Accessing HOPE GPA and hours via Buzzport
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Log into Buzzport
Select the "Home" Tab
Select "Registration - OSCAR" within the "Registration and Student
Services" box
Select "Student Services & Financial Aid"
Select "Financial Aid"
Select "My HOPE Eligibility Status“
HOPE Status
HOPE Attempted Hours
HOPE GPA
Eligibility Status Example…
Updates!
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The law has been passed to make changes to
HOPE, however rules and regulations of these
changes are not yet published
It is important to understand the information on the
next four slides is our interpretation of the changes
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We anticipate the release of final rules and regulations to be
released in May 2011
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Check for updated information on our website (www.finaid.gatech.edu/hope)
when we have all the final information
Fall 2011 HOPE Changes
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HOPE Scholarship
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Students who graduate high school with a GPA of 3.0 and maintain a 3.0
college GPA
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The HOPE Scholarship award amount for students in the fall of 2011
will pay 90 percent of the tuition charged for 2010-2011.
 The scholarship amounts paid will be based on full-time tuition rate for 15
hours
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If a student takes 14 hours, they are eligible for 14/15ths of the HOPE
awarded amount
 The book stipend and fee allowance is eliminated for all students
Fall 2011 Zell Miller Scholarship Begins
 Zell Miller Scholarship
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Will pay full tuition for students who graduate from high school with a
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GPA of 3.7
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Score 1200 combined Critical Reading and Math Score on the SAT
or
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Score 26 on the ACT composite
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Both of these are for one sitting of a test instance, it is not a super score
Students must maintain a 3.3 in college to keep the scholarship
 The scholarship amounts paid will be based on full-time tuition rate for 15
hours
 The award pays tuition only and students will not receive a book stipend or
fee allowance
Fall 2011 Checkpoint Changes
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Check Points
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Required 3.0 (HOPE) or 3.3 (Zell) GPA is checked at
 Every 30, 60, and 90 credit hours and
 At the end of every spring
You can only regain HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship at the 30,
60, or 90 credit hour checkpoint
A HOPE Scholarship recipient or a Zell Miller Scholarship student
who loses eligibility are only eligible to regain eligibility for the
scholarship one time
Fall 2011 Length of Scholarship
Changes
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A student may receive either scholarship until the first of these
events:
 The student has earned a baccalaureate degree
or
 The student has attempted at any postsecondary institution a
total 127 semester hours
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No exception for majors requiring more the 127 hours
No exception for minors
HOPE will end for all students at 127 credit hours regardless of credit
hours enrolled for the semester
 Example: If you Begin Fall 2011 semester with 126 credit
hours HOPE will only pay for 1 credit hour for Fall 2011 at
which point you will have attempted 127 HOPE credit hours
Additional Financial Aid Options…
Financial Aid Information Session
Tuesday, April 19th
Clary Theatre
11:00-12:30pm
Contact Info
Office of Student Financial Planning &
Services
 (404) 894-4160
 Hours: M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm
 www.finaid.gatech.edu/contacts
Georgia Student Finance Commission
 www.gacollege411.org
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