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May 7, 2014

HOPE Scholarship Eligibility Improves


Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Georgia. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

By virtue of the enactment of Georgia House Bill 810 on April 22, 2014, graduates of home study programs will be able to qualify for a HOPE Scholarship with a lower score on an admissions test. Instead of having to score at the 85th percentile on a test such as the SAT or ACT, homeschoolers will be required to score at the 80th percentile on such tests when the law goes into effect on July 1, 2014. Homeschool graduates who achieve the minimum admission test scores are eligible to receive the scholarship funds at the beginning of their freshman year.

Current law also permits homeschool graduates to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship by earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 after the student has attempted 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours. But, in this instance, the scholarship funds are applied retroactively and not disbursed to the student until the end of the student's freshman year.

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