GSFC Financial Aid Information

2019 Updated HOPE Rigor Courses Offered at DHS

Type of CourseNormalized DOE # Course Title
English23.X530XXXAdvanced Placement Language /Composition (American Literature/Composition)
English23.X650XXXAdvanced Placement Literature / Composition
English

23.X680XXXIB English 11 / IB English SL (American Literature) / IB English A Literature, Year One
English

23.X690XXXIB English 12 / IB English HL (World Literature) / IB English A Literature, Year Two
Mathematics27.X522XXXIB Math Methods / IB Mathematical Studies, Year One
Mathematics

27.X524XXXIB Math Studies SL / IB Mathematical Studies, Year Two
Mathematics

27.X612XXXIB Math SL / IB Mathematics, Year One
Mathematics

27.X613XXXIB Math HL / IB Mathematics, Year Two
Mathematics

27.X720XXXAdvanced Placement Calculus AB
Mathematics

27.X730XXXAdvanced Placement Calculus BC
Mathematics

27.X740XXXAdvanced Placement Statistics / AP Statistics Section I
Mathematics

27.X920XXXAccelerated Mathematics II: Advanced Algebra / Geometry / Statistics*
Mathematics

27.X930XXXAccelerated Mathematics III: Pre-Calculus / Trigonometry / Statistics*
Mathematics

27.X973XXXCCGPS Advanced Algebra / GSE Advanced Algebra
Mathematics

27.X974XXXCCGPS Pre-Calculus / GSE Pre-Calculus
Mathematics

27.X976XXXAccelerated GSE Analytic Geometry B / Advanced Algebra
Mathematics

27.X977XXXAccelerated CCGPS Pre-Calculus / Accelerated GSE Pre-Calculus
Mathematics

27.X992XXXGSE Algebra II
Mathematics

27.X995XXXAccelerated GSE Geometry B / Algebra II
Mathematics

27.X890XXXCollege Readiness Mathematics
Science26.X140XXXAP Biology
Science

26.X180XXXIB Biology SL / IB Biology, Year One
Science

26.X190XXXIB Biology HL / IB Biology, Year Two
Science

40.X831XXXAdvanced Placement (AP) Physics 1
Science

40.X850XXXInternational Baccalaureate Physics SL / International Baccalaureate Physics, Year One
Science

40.X860XXX
International Baccalaureate Physics HL / International Baccalaureate Physics, Year Two
Science

26.X620XXXAP Environmental Science
Science

26.X730XXXHuman Anatomy / Physiology
Science

40.X510XXXChemistry I
Science

40.X530XXXAP Chemistry
Science

40.X550XXXIB Chemistry SL
Science

40.X560XXXIB Chemistry HL
Science

40.X930XXXForensic Science
Social Studies45.X160XXXAP Psychology
Social Studies

45.X170XXXIB Psychology SL / IB Psychology, Year One
Social Studies

45.X171XXXIB Psychology HL / IB Psychology, Year Two
Social Studies

45.X520XXXAP Government / Politics: United States
Social Studies

45.X630XXXAP Microeconomics
Social Studies

45.X811XXXAP World History
Social Studies

45.X820XXXAP United States History
Social Studies

45.X870XXXIB History of the Americas SL / IB History of the Americas, Year One
Social Studies

45.X893XXXIB History of the Americas HL / IB History of the Americas, Year Two
Foreign Language

60.X112XXXIB French SL / IB Spanish, Year
Foreign Language

60.X113XXXIB French HL / IB Spanish, Year Two
Foreign Language

60.X120XXXFrench II
Foreign Language

60.X130XXXFrench III
Foreign Language

60.X140XXXFrench IV
Foreign Language

60.X713XXXIB Spanish SL / IB Spanish, Year One
Foreign Language

60.X716XXXIB Spanish HL / IB Spanish, Year Two
Foreign Language

60.X720XXXSpanish II
Foreign Language

60.X730XXXSpanish III
Foreign Language

60.X740XXXSpanish IV
Foreign Language

60.X791XXXSpanish for Native Speakers Level Two
Foreign Language

61.X120XXXGerman II
Foreign Language

61.X130XXXGerman III
Foreign Language

61.X140XXXGerman IV
Foreign Language

61.X112XXXIB German, Year One
Foreign Language

61.X113XXXIB German, Year Two
Foreign Language

61.X412XXXIB Latin HL / IB Latin, Year One
Foreign Language

61.X413XXXIB Latin HL / IB Latin, Year Two
Foreign Language

61.X420XXXLatin II
Foreign Language

61.X430XXXLatin III
Foreign Language

61.X440XXXLatin IV

HOPE and Zell FAQs

What is the HOPE Scholarship and what are the academic eligibility requirements?

The HOPE Scholarship is a merit based scholarship that provides assistance towards the cost of tuition at eligible public and private Georgia post-secondary institutions. A student must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.0 HOPE GPA (as calculated by GSFC) and meet specific rigor course requirements (available at the bottom of this page).

What is the Zell Miller Scholarship and what are the academic eligibility requirements?

The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit based scholarship that provides full tuition at a public post-secondary institution and tuition assistance at an eligible private post-secondary institution. A student must graduate from an eligible high school as valedictorian or salutatorian (meeting the requirements of the HOPE Scholarship) or graduate with a minimum 3.7 Zell Miller GPA (as calculated by GSFC) along with a minimum combined score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT (single national administration of either test) and meet specific rigor course requirements.

What are rigor course requirements?

Students graduating from an eligible high school must meet rigorous course requirements (in addition to other requirements) in order to be eligible for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships. Discuss course options with your high school counselor if you are not sure whether a course meets the rigor requirement.

  • Graduate on or after May 1, 2016 – must earn three rigor course credits
  • Graduate on or after May 1, 2017 and beyond – must earn four rigor course credits

Is the HOPE Scholarship available to high school and home study students?

High school and home study students are not eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship.

How do I apply for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship?

A student may apply for the scholarships by completing the GSFAPPS (one time completion) or FAFSA (completed each academic year). Check with the post-secondary institution’s financial aid office for scholarship eligibility after submitting an application. Additional documentation may be required by the post-secondary institution.

How much does HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship pay?

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships assists with the cost of tuition at eligible post-secondary institutions and the award amount is dependent upon the specific institution.

How is my GPA calculated for scholarship purposes?

GSFC calculates the GPA based solely on core course data (English, math, social studies, science, and foreign language only) transmitted from the high school, by June 30, for graduating seniors. GSFC cannot change or alter that data in any way. Any grade discrepancies or errors must be corrected by the high school and then resubmitted to GSFC. Contact your high school counselor if you have questions regarding courses and/or grades.

How do I view my HOPE/Zell Miller GPA?

You may view your HOPE/Zell Miller GPA calculation by logging into your account at www.GAfutures.org.

How can I be evaluated for HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship if I graduated from a high school outside Georgia?

Students that graduate from a high school outside Georgia must be manually evaluated by GSFC. To be evaluated:

  1. Complete the GSFAPPS at www.GAfutures.org and,
  2. Complete the “Student Information” section on the Request for Out-of-State High School Transcript Evaluation form. Submit the form to your high school to complete the back of the form and,
  3. Provide your official final high school transcript.

How does a home study student qualify for the HOPE Scholarship?

Home study students may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship in one of two ways:

  • Score in the 75th percentile nationally on the ACT or SAT college admissions test
  • Attempt 30 semester/45 quarter post-secondary semester hours, excluding MOWR/dual credit enrollment hours taken prior to home study completion, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative post-secondary GPA and then retroactively receive HOPE Scholarship funds


More information regarding eligibility requirements for home study students may be found on the HOPE Scholarship Program page.

How does a home study student qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship?

A home study student may qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship in one of two ways:

  • Score in the 93rd percentile nationally on the ACT or SAT; test taken prior to home study completion
  • Attempt 30 semester/45 quarter post-secondary hours, excluding MOWR/dual credit enrollment hours taken prior to home study completion, with a minimum 3.3 cumulative post-secondary GPA, along with the required test scores, and then retroactively receive Zell Miller Scholarship funds. ACT/SAT must have been taken prior to home study completion.

More information regarding eligibility requirements for home study students may be found on the Zell Miller Scholarship Program page.

Are MOWR/dual credit enrollment hours included in the eligibility determination for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship?

High school credit will be given for degree-level core courses taken as a MOWR/dual credit enrollment student and is included in determining a student’s high school HOPE GPA. The dual credit enrollment coursework cannot be used to gain HOPE Scholarship eligibility while in high school or to determine HOPE Scholarship eligibility for non-HOPE scholars.

What do I need to do to continue to qualify for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship?

In order to continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 post-secondary GPA at designated checkpoints. The cumulative 3.0 post-secondary GPA does not include MOWR/dual credit enrollment coursework taken prior to high school graduation or home study completion. Those checkpoints are: end-of-spring and 30/60/90 attempted semester hours or 45/90/135 quarter hours. A student will lose the HOPE Scholarship if their GPA is below the minimum requirement at one of the checkpoints and may only regain the scholarship one time. A student is ineligible to receive HOPE Scholarship funds once the student has reached the 127 hour limit.

In order to continue receiving the Zell Miller Scholarship, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.3 post-secondary GPA at designated checkpoints. The cumulative 3.3 post-secondary GPA does not include MOWR/dual credit enrollment coursework taken prior to high school graduation or home study completion. Those checkpoints are: end-of-spring and 30/60/90 attempted semester hours or 45/90/135 quarter hours. A student will lose the Zell Miller Scholarship if their GPA is below the minimum requirement at one of the checkpoints and may only regain the scholarship one time. A student is ineligible to receive Zell Miller Scholarship funds once the student has reached the 127 hour limit.

Are there any limitations to receiving the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship?

A student may receive the scholarship until one of the following occurs:

  • Seven full years have elapsed following high school graduation/home study completion, or
  • Reach 127 semester or quarter limit, or
  • Upon receiving a baccalaureate degree.

What other eligibility requirements must I meet in order to receive the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship?

In addition to the required minimum GPA and rigor requirement, you must also meet each of the following:

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen;
  • Legal resident of Georgia;
  • Registered with the Selective Service (if applicable);
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • In compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Post-secondary Education Act of 1990; and
  • Do not owe a refund or be in default on a student financial aid program.

Check with your college’s financial aid office for additional information and eligibility requirements.

HOPE Scholarship Rigor Requirements

New academic requirements are included in the HOPE legislation. These changes will impact students graduating from high

school on or after May 1, 2015. In order to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship, students must meet the following academic

requirements.

*Students must graduate with a 3.0 HOPE GPA to be eligible --- Please note that the HOPE GPA and High School Transcript GPA are different.

See your school counselor with any questions.

Graduating ClassStudents Must Receive Credit in the Following Types of CoursesNumber of Rigor Courses Required Prior to Graduation
20151) Advanced math, such as Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Math III, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
2) Advanced science, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
3) Advanced placement courses in core subjects;
4) International baccalaureate courses in core subjects;
5) Courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia (e.g., Georgia Piedmont Technical College) in core subjects where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses; or
6) Advanced foreign language (e.g., Spanish III) courses taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution.

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20161) Advanced math, such as Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Math III, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
2) Advanced science, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
3) Advanced placement courses in core subjects;
4) International baccalaureate courses in core subjects;
5) Courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia (e.g., Georgia Piedmont Technical College) in core subjects where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses; or
6) Advanced foreign language (e.g., Spanish III) courses taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution.

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20171) Advanced math, such as Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Math III, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
2) Advanced science, such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, or an equivalent or higher course taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution;
3) Advanced placement courses in core subjects;
4) International baccalaureate courses in core subjects;
5) Courses taken at a unit of the University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia (e.g., Georgia Piedmont Technical College) in core subjects where such courses are not remedial and developmental courses; or
6) Advanced foreign language (e.g., Spanish III) courses taken at an eligible high school or taken for degree level credit at an eligible post-secondary institution.

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