Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The Zell Miller Scholarship is among the most popular scholarship out there. It is been  funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. We’ve made available all the information you need to know regarding the Zell Miller application and eligibility requirement.

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Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

In other to be qualified for the Zell Miller Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements

1. You must have complete an application – FAFSA or GSFAPPS.

2. You must have meet US citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.

3. The person must be registered with Discerning Service, if required.

4. Preserve Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the college.

5. The person must not be in default or owe a repayment that is due on a student financial aid program.

6. The person must be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

7. Must be confirmed as a Zell Miller Scholar by GSFC (requirements include a 3.7 HOPE GPA from high school along with a 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration or graduate from an eligible high school or accredited high school program as the valedictorian or the salutatorian.)

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Regaining Eligibility

Students who have lost the Zell Miller Scholarship at any checkpoint can still apply for the HOPE Scholarship, if  all requirements, plus the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met.

A student may recover the Zell Miller Scholarship after losing it at a checkpoint only one time.  As a student, you may get back eligibility if you  have a 3.3 HOPE GPA at the point of trying 60 or 90 semester hours.

If you a student and you have lost the Miller Scholarship twice, the student may still keep the HOPE Scholarship, if all the requirements, plus the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met.

When a student loses Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship concurrently by having below a 3.0 HOPE GPA, the student in this scenario be  considered as losing both Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship all together. If you lose Zell Miller and have HOPE Scholarship, but then loses HOPE twice, the student would no longer be eligible to regain Zell Miller.

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Important Information Applicant Should Know

If you weren’t selected as a Zell Miller Scholar by GSFC during your high school graduation, then you won’t be able to obtain the scholarship later on. However, if you have a minimum 3.30 HOPE GPA, which accounts for all college-level coursework attempted since high school, and have attempted fewer than 127 hours, you may still be eligible.

You must also make sure that you haven’t exceeded your eligibility date, which is determined by when you first received a Zell Miller scholarship payment.

The GA futures website provides details on how long your eligibility will last. Lastly, it’s important to note that you cannot have already earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, regardless of whether or not you received HOPE or Zell Miller funds while earning the degree.

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Types of High Schools for Zell Miller Scholarship

To be considered eligible, a high school or home study program must be accredited by at least one of the accrediting agencies listed below, regardless of whether it’s located within or outside Georgia or the United States.

If a high school isn’t accredited by any of these agencies, it won’t be considered eligible. Similarly, if a home study program isn’t accredited by any of these agencies, it will be deemed unaccredited.

Check out the list of approved accrediting agencies for both high schools and home study programs:

1. Association of Christian Schools International

2. Georgia Accrediting Commission

3. Georgia Private School Accreditation Council

4. Southern Association of Independent Schools

5. Georgia Independent School Association.

6. Georgia Association of Christian Schools

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