Financial Aid

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE)

General Eligibility

  • A student must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester for which HOPE is sought.
  • A student must be a Georgia resident for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester for which HOPE is sought.
  • A student who does not meet the residency requirements at the time of high school graduation, home study program completion or successful GED test must meet the Georgia residency requirements for 24 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester for which HOPE is sought.
  • A student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) based on Athens Tech SAP Policy. See catalog for details.
  • A student (if male) must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • A student must not be in default on a federal Title IV or State of Georgia educational loan, nor owe a refund on a federal Title IV or State of Georgia student financial aid program, nor in any other way be in violation of federal or state financial aid program regulations.
  • A student convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs, is ineligible for HOPE from the date of conviction to the completion of the following school term.
  • A student is ineligible for HOPE while incarcerated.

HOPE Grant applies to technical certificate and diploma programs. To qualify for HOPE Grant a student must meet all general eligibility requirements in addition to the requirements listed here - Georgia's HOPE Grant Program.

Students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant(SIWDG) for the following programs:

  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • Early Childhood Care/Education Diploma
  • Practical Nursing Diploma
  • PC Repair and Network Technician Certificate
  • Networking Specialist Diploma
  • Heavy Diesel Service Technician Certificate
  • Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma
  • Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
  • Surgical Technology Diploma
  • Flux Cored Arc Welder Certificate
  • Gas Metal Arc Welder Certificate
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Certificate
  • Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate
  • Welding and Joining Technology Diploma

HOPE Scholarship applies to associate degree programs and higher. To qualify for HOPE Scholarship a student must meet all general eligibility requirements in addition to the requirements listed here - Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program.

Zell Miller Grant applies to technical certificate and diploma programs. To qualify for Zell Miller Grant a student must meet all general eligibility requirements in addition to the requirements listed here - GACollege411.org.

Zell Miller Scholarship applies to associate degree programs and higher. To qualify for Zell Miller Scholarship a student must meet all general eligibility requirements in addition to the requirements listed here - Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program.

HOPE GED voucher is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED) diploma in Georgia. To qualify for HOPE GED voucher a student must meet all general eligibility requirements in addition to the requirements listed here - Georgia's HOPE GED Grant.

Application Procedures

To apply for the HOPE programs, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students also have the option of completing the GSFAPPS. This application is for HOPE only and does not qualify you for any of the federal aid.