Georgia state aid is based on Georgia residency, first and foremost. There are two basic types of state aid. They are the GTEG (Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant) and the HOPE Scholarship.
GTEG (Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant)
The GTEG is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more hours per semester) and Georgia residency. GTEG rates for 2012-2013 are not currently available, but the current rates for 2011-2012 are $350 per semester.
The HOPE Scholarship is based on academic scholarship and is determined by a student's high school or home school transcript. When a student graduates, a copy of their transcript is provided to the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission) and the GSFC determines a student's HOPE Scholarship eligiblity. HOPE Scholarship rates for 2012-2013 are not currently available, but the current rates for 2011-2012 are $1800 per semester for a full-time student (12+ hours) and $900 per semester for a part-time student (6 - 11 hours).
Each BPC student applying for GTEG and HOPE must provide BPC with a copy of his or her Georgia drivers license. A dependent student must also provide a copy of the first two pages of the 2010 Georgia State Income Tax Return(GA400) filed by his or her parent/guardian. An independent student must provide a copy of the first two pages of his or her 2010 Georgia State Income Tax Return (GA400).
HOPE Scholarship & Learning Assistance Courses
If you take a learning assistance course(s), HOPE Scholarship will not pay for the course(s). For example, if a student registers for 12 hours and has a learning support class which is 4 hours, HOPE would only pay for 8 hours, or the half time rate of $900. Also, beginning Fall term 2011, learning support courses taken will no longer count toward HOPE hours attempted. However, Learning Support coursework taken and/or accepted for degree credit prior to the Fall 2011 term still counts toward hours attempted and in the HOPE GPA calculation.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply for HOPE and GTEG, a student must visit www.gacollege411.org and complete the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS).