Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program Overview

Overview


Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE-eligible college in Georgia.

Eligibility


To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and:

  1. Meet one of the following academic requirements:
    • Graduate from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or the salutatorian. Click here for more information.
    • Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
    • Complete an eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT in a single national test administration. Click here for more information.
    • Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration, and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This option allows retroactive payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. Click here for more information.
    • Enroll in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and earn a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint. Click here for more information.
  2. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirement.
  3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirement.
  4. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia. View a list of HOPE eligible colleges and universities PDF - icon.
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  8. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for Zell Miller Scholarship payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  9. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.  For more details, click here.

Award Amounts


The Zell Miller Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific hours of enrollment. To determine your Zell Miller Scholarship award amount, review the chart here PDF - icon.

Public Institutions

Students attending public colleges or universities receive the current academic year standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time.

Private Institutions

Students attending private colleges or universities receive an award amount, up to a maximum of 12 hours, based on a half-time or full-time enrollment status.


Award Limits


A college degree-seeking student is ineligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship if the student has:

  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel (through spring term 2011) Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit; or
  • Attempted 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of college degree credit, regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received while attempting the hours; or
  • Earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not Zell Miller funds were received while earning the degree, or
  • Reached the seven year expiration of eligibility date. Click here for more information.

Application Procedure


Applying for the Zell Miller Scholarship is easy, but you should always check with the college you are planning to attend to make sure you are completing the applications they require. Students have three options when applying for the Zell Miller Scholarship:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By using your GAcollege411 account and accessing the FAFSA application from GAcollege411, you can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete this form. Proceed to the FAFSA.
  • GSFAPPS (electronic application), click here.
  • GSFAPPS (paper application), click here PDF - icon.

Application Deadline


While you have until the last day of classes or exams to submit your application, in order to receive Zell Miller funds for that semester or quarter, we highly recommend submitting your HOPE application as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the earlier the funds are disbursed to your school and credited to your account.

How to Get for Help


If you need help filling out an application or have other questions relating to the Zell Miller Scholarship, we suggest contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, talking with your high school counselor, or contacting the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).

To find contact details for the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, look for your school using the search engine or via this list of Georgia colleges and universities.

You can contact GSFC by:

E-mail
GAcollege411@gsfc.org

Telephone
Toll-free at 1-800-505-GSFC (4732)
In metro Atlanta: (770) 724-9000
A representative is available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Administrative Reviews and Exceptions


Students may request an administrative review of a Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility determination or, in certain situations, may request an exception to the scholarship program regulations. For more details, please click here.

Other Information


Full details about the Zell Miller Scholarship guidelines, policies, and procedures can be found in the Zell Miller Scholarship Program at Public and Private Institutions Regulations New Window - icon document maintained by the GSFC.