What does the Hope scholarship cover?

It says it pays for up to 15 credits. If you have more than 15 credits, do you pay the extra money, or can you only take 15 credits if you’re using HOPE?

The HOPE scholarship typically covers tuition costs for standard undergraduate courses, but only up to a maximum of 15 credit hours. Here’s what this means:

  • For 15 credits or less: The HOPE scholarship will cover all or part of your tuition costs, depending on the scholarship amount and your specific tuition rate.
  • For more than 15 credits:
    • Some states prorate the award: The scholarship amount is divided proportionally to cover a portion of each credit up to 15. You would need to pay the remaining tuition for the additional credits.
    • Some states offer no coverage: The scholarship does not apply to any credits beyond the 15-credit limit.

The HOPE scholarship covers a portion of undergraduate tuition costs for eligible students in Georgia. It goes towards tuition and does not cover other expenses like fees, books, or living costs

Zell isn’t going away, initially it was planned on being merged with HOPE however that didn’t make it through the legislature.

Now, Zell is statutorily required to provide full tuition - while HOPE can change depending on how the legislature assigns the fiscal budget every year. So while HOPE covers full tuition now (with that caveat of 15+ credits only) - Zell won’t matter depending on the credit amount.