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Zell Miller Scholarship Application Process

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Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program for Georgia residents who have excelled academically. This scholarship helps students with the educational costs of attending a postsecondary institution in the state of Georgia.

Students must have an ACT or SAT score of 26 or an overall high school GPA of 3.70, as determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), in order to qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Students must also be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a degree and meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility conditions. Receiving Zell Miller funds does not, however, necessitate full-time enrollment.

Eligibility

To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and certain academic and residency requirements

The Zell Miller Scholarship program requires students to achieve basic requirements in order to be granted and retained while enrolled in an approved college or university (postsecondary institutions) after high school graduation.  A qualified student must:

  1. Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Meet the postsecondary institutions Georgia Residency requirements;
  3. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a USG, TCSG or eligible private Zell Miller eligible college or university in Georgia;
  4. Meet federal Selective Service registration requirements, per Georgia state law. The requirement to register applies to males who were born on or after January 1, 1960, are at least 18, are citizens or eligible non-citizens who came to the United States prior to age 26;
  5. Meet the Eligible Postsecondary Institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy;
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program

Note: Students cannot have any outstanding grants, loans, or scholarships from the federal government or the state of Georgia. Before Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility can be verified, a student’s federal or State of Georgia student loans must be fully returned or the default status must be remedied. On a scholarship or grant program run by the state of Georgia, students cannot owe a refund. Before eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship may be verified, the refund amount must be paid in full.

Georgia Residency

The qualified college or university determines Georgia residency for the State Programs.  The institution or university may demand proof of Georgia residency.

  • For students attending an institution in the University System residency determination is based on USG Board of Regents policy.
  • For students attending an institution in the Technical College System residency determination is based on TCSG policy.
  • For students attending eligible private institutions residency determination is based on Georgia Residency Requirements at Private Institutions regulations.

Students attending a USG or TCSG Institution

  • If, the institution determines a student was a Georgia resident at the time of high school graduation, home study completion or High School Equivalency diploma date, the student:
    • Must meet the Georgia residency requirement for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to first day of the term for which state funding is sought.
  • If, the institution determines a student was not a Georgia resident at the time of high school graduation, home study completion or High School Equivalency diploma date, the student:
    • Must meet the Georgia residency requirement for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to first day of the term for which state funding is sought.

 

Students attending an eligible Private Institution

  • Dependent students meet the Georgia Residency requirement, if their Parent or Legal Guardian is an established Georgia resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the college term for which state funding is sought and:
    • Student graduated from an Eligible High School located in the State of Georgia; or
    • Student’s Georgia resident Parent claimed them on the most recent federal income tax return.
  • Independent students meet the Georgia Residency requirement, if they are an established Georgia resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the college term for which funding is sought.
  • Dependent students do not meet the Georgia Residency requirement, if their Parent or Legal Guardian is not an established Georgia resident at the time of the student’s high school graduation, home study completion or High School Equivalency diploma date.
    • To gain Georgia Residency status, the Parent or Legal Guardian must be an established Georgia resident for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of the college term for which funding is sought.
  • Independent students do not meet the Georgia Residency requirement, if they are not an established Georgia resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the college term for which funding is sought.
    • To gain Georgia Residency status, the student must be an established Georgia resident for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of the college term for which funding is sought.

Application

Every year, you must complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App) AND either the FAFSA OR the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application (GSFAPPS) to be considered for the Zell Miller Scholarship.

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Zell Miller Award Amounts

For 2023-2024, the Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of the total cost of in-state tuition charged. This is a maximum of $10,258 for two semesters of enrollment in 15 credit hours per term.

For students who are enrolled for the summer semester, the Zell Miller Scholarship will pay per credit hour in conjunction with summer tuition cost in addition to the maximum mentioned above.

Number of Credit Hours Regular – Tuition Payment DUAL, SOUP, Summer, and Study Abroad Tuition Payment
1 $3,048.00 $341.93
2 $3,048.00 $683.86
3 $3,048.00 $1,025.79
4 $3,048.00 $1,367.72
5 $3,048.00 $1,709.65
6 $3,048.00 $2,051.58
7 $5,129.00 $2,393.51
8 $5,129.00 $2,735.44
9 $5,129.00 $3,077.37
10 $5,129.00 $3,419.30
11 $5,129.00 $3,761.23
12 $5,129.00 $4,103.16
13 $5,129.00 $4,445.09
14 $5,129.00 $4,787.02
15 $5,129.00 $5,129.00

2022-2023

For 2022-23, the Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of the total cost of in-state tuition charged. This is a maximum of $10,258 for two semesters of enrollment in 15 credit hours per term.

For students who are enrolled for the summer semester, the Zell Miller Scholarship will pay per credit hour in conjunction with summer tuition cost in addition to the maximum mentioned above.

Number of Credit Hours Regular – Tuition Payment DUAL, SOUP, Summer, and Study Abroad Tuition Payment
1 $3,048.00 $341.93
2 $3,048.00 $683.86
3 $3,048.00 $1,025.79
4 $3,048.00 $1,367.72
5 $3,048.00 $1,709.65
6 $3,048.00 $2,051.58
7 $5,129.00 $2,393.51
8 $5,129.00 $2,735.44
9 $5,129.00 $3,077.37
10 $5,129.00 $3,419.30
11 $5,129.00 $3,761.23
12 $5,129.00 $4,103.16
13 $5,129.00 $4,445.09
14 $5,129.00 $4,787.02
15 $5,129.00 $5,129.00

Maintaining the Zell Miller Scholarship

Students are evaluated for their continued eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship program at various checkpoints throughout their academic career. At each checkpoint a cumulative 3.30 GPA must be earned, or the award will be lost.

Maintaining Eligibility

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