Georgia education authorities knew that the basic HOPE Scholarships would not cover the needs of all students, so the state added a number of alternative forms of aid to the mix as well. A couple of them apply to students pursuing a technical education, and another offers aid to those who have earned a General Education Development (GED) diploma to continue their education. Some awards, in the form of loans, also target those who want to become teachers -- this is only facet of the HOPE program aimed toward graduate students. Here's a rundown of the options:
- The HOPE Grant Program. This grant is for students who seek a technical certification or diploma at Georgia colleges. Most of the requirements are the same as those for the HOPE Scholarship, but there is no grade point average threshold. In addition, HOPE Grant eligibility runs out after 63 credit hours. Like the HOPE Scholarship, the program provides money for tuition, some fees and books [source: GAcollege411].
- The HOPE GED Grant. This is a one-time, $500 grant available to anyone who earns a GED diploma in Georgia. Most of the general requirements are the same as for a HOPE Scholarship. No application is needed, the voucher is mailed with the diploma and is good for two years. A recipient who attends a Georgia college can still earn a traditional HOPE Scholarship by attaining a 3.0 GPA in college [source: GAcollege411].
- The HOPE Teacher Scholarship Loan.This program provides a loan of up to $125 per semester hour at public colleges and up to $200 at private colleges for graduate study aimed at earning a master's degree or other advanced training in teaching. The loans are available to students pursuing degrees in critical shortage teaching fields, which range from special education to music and art. A student can pay off the loan by teaching in the Georgia public school system, with $2,500 credited for each year of teaching [source: GAcollege411].
- The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program. This program assists students whose families have an income of less than $33,000 a year. It includes a combination of scholarships, grants and job opportunities for students attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. The scholarship covers tuition and fees minus a $2,500-per-year self-help component that the student can fulfill through work-study [source: Georgia Tech].
With all of these different award options, what impact has the HOPE Scholarship program has on students and the state of Georgia? Read on to find out.