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 Zell Miller eligible college located in Georgia.

Zell Miller Specific 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 Zell Miller Scholarship checkpoint. Click here for more information.
  2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a Zell Miller eligible college or university PDF - icon in Georgia.
  3. Meet additional rigor requirements, beginning with students graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2015.

AND:
State Programs Eligibility

  1. Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirement.
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia.
  3. Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  5. Not be in default or owe a refund due on a student financial aid program.
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

Award Amounts


Please review the Zell Miller Award Chart PDF - icon to determine your scholarship award amount.

The Zell Miller Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific hours of enrollment.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements, and are attending an eligible public college or university, receive a Zell Miller award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time.

Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending private colleges or universities, receive a Zell Miller award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition 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 or Zell Miller Scholarships, HOPE or Zell Miller Grants, and Accel Program (through spring term 2011) 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


Students have two options to apply for the Zell Miller Scholarship:

  • Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application from a GAcollege411 account to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete this form. Proceed to the FAFSA.
  • GSFAPPS (electronic application) or by using the printable paper GSFAPPS application PDF - icon.

Application Deadline


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

Note: There may be additional college-specific application and deadline requirements.

Assistance


Click here to access and explore information and websites regarding Georgia colleges and universities.

GSFC E-mail
GAcollege411@gsfc.org

GSFC 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 their HOPE or Zell Miller Program eligibility determination or, in certain situations, may request an exception to the state program regulations (Click here for requirements).

Additional 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

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