Georgia's HOPE Career Grant
Students interested in entering a field in which there are plenty of jobs openings can choose to enroll in a variety of programs of study for which FREE TUITION is available! The HOPE Career Grant can be the boost a student needs to get started on rewarding career in a well-paying job, and without accumulating a lot of student debt. Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) offers many programs under the HOPE Career Grant umbrella (see complete list below).
Students will automatically qualify for the HOPE Career Grant if they meet these three criteria:
- HOPE Career Grant awards are based on the student’s program of study and the number of hours of enrollment.
- The grant is available only for eligible students who are pursuing certificates and diplomas.
- High school students participating in dual credit enrollment are not eligible for the HCG award until they graduate.
The HOPE Grant is an award given to Georgia residents enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at a TCSG institution. The qualifying GPA for the HOPE Grant is a 2.0.
This HOPE Career Grant will provide students taking nine hours or more $500 per semester and those taking eight credit hours or less $250. The HOPE GED Grant, HOPE Grant, and HOPE Career Grant can be awarded in the same term, if all other eligibility requirements are met up to cost of attendance. High school students in dual enrollment programs are not eligible for the HOPE Career Grant.
Eligible HOPE Career Grant programs at SRTC:
To be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for and be receiving the HOPE Grant. Please review eligibility requirements below. The two grants together will cover all tuition for the above programs of study. Students will still be responsible for student fees and any equipment necessary, although in some cases, financial aid is available for those as well.
Eligibility for the HOPE Grant
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:
- Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
- Be a legal resident of Georgia;
- Meet enrollment requirements;
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
- Meet academic achievement standards;
- Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
- Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program;
Full-time enrollment in a certificate or diploma program is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, they must have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.
A student who received a high school diploma (High School Postsecondary Graduation Opportunity Plan) by earning a technical college diploma or two technical college certificates, in one career pathway identified by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), may be eligible for the HOPE Grant, up to 30 degree hours. The student must be enrolled in an associate degree program at a TCSG institution in order to receive the HOPE Grant. After payment for 30 semester hours, the student is no longer eligible for HOPE Grant while enrolled in a degree level program. The student must then meet the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements at the 30 semester hour checkpoint.
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