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  • HOPE GED Grant Program

    REGULATIONS 400.

    2017-2018 Award Year

    Effective Date July 1, 2017 Updated November 3, 2017

    2082 East Exchange Place

    Tucker, Georgia 30084

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    401. Table of Contents.

    Section Page

    401. Table of Contents. 2

    402. Program Overview. 5

    403. Definitions. (Electronic Link) 6

    404.1. Citizenship. 6

    404.2. Georgia Residency. 6

    404.3. Enrollment Status. 7

    404.4. Satisfactory Academic Progress. 7

    404.5. Selective Service Registration. 7

    404.6. Defaulted Loan or Refund Due. 7

    404.7. Georgia Drug-Free Act. 8

    404.8. Incarceration. 8

    405. Program Specific Eligibility Requirements. 9

    405.2. Combined Paid-Hours Limit. 9

    405.3. Expiration of Eligibility. 9

    405.4. Other Disqualifying Factors. 9

    405.5. In Combination with HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant. 9

    405.6. In Combination with HOPE Scholarship. 10

    406. Eligible and Ineligible Coursework. 11

    406.1. Learning Support Coursework. 11

    406.2. Distance Learning Coursework. 11

    406.3. Joint and Dual Credit Enrollment Coursework. 11

    406.4. Exemption by Examination Coursework. 11

    406.5. Transient Coursework. 11

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    406.6. Study Away Coursework. 11

    406.7. Continuing Education and Audit Coursework. 11

    406.8. Total Withdrawal from Coursework. 12

    407. Student Application Requirements. 13

    407.1. Application Forms. 13

    407.2. Application Deadline Date. 13

    407.3. Application for Subsequent Years. 14

    408. Award Requirements. 15

    408.1. Award Amount. 15

    408.2. Awards Per School Term. 15

    409. Invoicing Requirements. 16

    409.1. Submission of Invoices. 16

    409.2. Payment of Invoices. 16

    409.3. Cost of Attendance. 17

    410. Refund Requirements. 18

    410.1. Calculation of Refunds. 18

    410.2. Collection of Refunds. 19

    410.3. Emergency Military Duty. 19

    411. Reconciliation Requirements. 20

    411.1. Term-Reconciliation. 20

    411.2. Fiscal Year End Reconciliation. 20

    412. Records Retention Requirements. 21

    412.1. Length of Retention. 21

    412.2. Documentation. 21

    412.3. Extended Retention. 22

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    413. Administrative Reviews and Exceptions. 23

    413.1. Administrative Reviews. 23

    413.2. Exceptions. 23

    414. Compliance Reviews. 24

    414.1. Compliance Review Policy. 24

    414.2. Compliance Review Process. 24

    414.3. Institutional Repayment. 25

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    402. Program Overview. The HOPE GED Grant Program provides recipients of General Education Development (GED) diplomas with a one-time award of $500 toward the cost of their postsecondary education. The purpose of the HOPE GED Grant Program is to encourage Georgias GED recipients to pursue education beyond the high school level at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution located in Georgia.

    An eligible student must be seeking a Certificate, Diploma, or Undergraduate Degree from a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia (USG) institution, or be seeking an Undergraduate Degree from a private Eligible Postsecondary Institution located in Georgia.

    The HOPE GED Grant Program was created beginning with the 1993-1994 Award Year (State Fiscal Year 1994). The program is fully funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), in accordance with the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) 20- 3-519, et seq.

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    403. Definitions. (Electronic Link) 404. General Eligibility Requirements.

    404.1. Citizenship. 1. A student must be a United States Citizen, born or naturalized, or an Eligible Non-

    Citizen according to the Federal Title IV Regulations, as of the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE GED Grant is sought.

    404.2. Georgia Residency. 1. A student attending a USG or TCSG institution who meets the Georgia Residency

    requirements of the Board of Regents (BOR) or State Board of TCSG at the time of successful GED test must also meet such Georgia Residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE GED Grant is sought.

    2. A student who does not meet the Georgia Residency requirements of the BOR

    or State Board of TCSG at the time of successful GED test, must meet such Georgia Residency requirements for 24 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE GED Grant is sought.

    3. A student attending a private Eligible Postsecondary Institution who meets the

    Georgia Residency requirements of the Georgia Residency Requirements for State Programs at Private Institutions Regulations, at the time of successful GED test must also meet such Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE GED Grant funds are sought.

    4. A student who does not meet the Georgia Residency requirements of the Georgia

    Residency Requirements for State Programs at Private Institutions Regulations at the time of successful GED test must meet such Georgia Residency requirements for 24 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE GED Grant is sought.

    5. Military Personnel, Military Spouses, or Dependent Children, shall be treated as a

    Georgia Resident for purposes of HOPE GED Grant eligibility if the military person is stationed in Georgia on active duty or lists Georgia as his or her home of record.

    REVISED

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    a. If a USG or TCSG institution grants a Military Personnel Out-of-State Tuition Waiver, then such student meets the Georgia Residency requirements of the HOPE GED Grant.

    b. No other Out-of-State Tuition Waiver, other than for Military Personnel and

    their dependents, applies to students in the HOPE GED Program. 404.3. Enrollment Status. 1. A student is eligible for the HOPE GED Grant regardless of the number of credit

    hours for which he or she is Enrolled during a school term. Half-Time or Full- Time Enrollment is not a requirement.

    404.4. Satisfactory Academic Progress. 1. A student is not required to meet the Eligible Postsecondary Institutions

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy in order to receive the HOPE GED Grant award.

    404.5. Selective Service Registration. 1. A student must be in compliance with the United States Selective Service System

    requirements, where applicable, prior to the HOPE GED Grant application deadline (refer to Section 407.2.) in order to be eligible for HOPE GED Grant payment for such school term.

    404.6. Defaulted Loan or Refund Due. 1. A student must not be in default on a Federal Title IV or State of Georgia

    educational loan, or owe a refund due to an over-award on a Federal Title IV or State of Georgia student financial aid program, or in any other way be in violation of Federal Title IV Programs Regulations or State of Georgia student financial aid program regulations. A student must meet the requirements of this section at the time funds are disbursed by GSFC on behalf of the student.

    2. A students federal default status can be resolved in one of five ways:

    a. Completing an acceptable rehabilitation plan;

    b. Having the loan repurchased by the original lender and the default status reversed;

    c. Consolidating the loan out of a default status;

    d. Receiving an approved Title IV debt settlement, to include a compromised

    settlement; or

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    e. Making monthly payments over a specified period agreed-upon with the lender of the Students federal loan; each payment must be on time and voluntary to be in a satisfactory repayment plan.

    3. A students State of Georgia refund due status can be resolved by:

    a. Paying the refund due to the Eligible Postsecondary Institution at which the

    over-award occurred. The Eligible Postsecondary Institution will then forward the payment to GSFC.

    4. A students default status on a State of Georgia loan can be resolved by:

    a. Paying off the defaulted loan in full; or

    b. Complete an acceptable rehabilitation plan by making voluntary on time

    payments over a specified period agreed-upon with GSFA.

    5. If such student has repaid the defaulted loan or refund due in full, or resolved the default status, then he or she may be eligible to receive state scholarship, grant or loan funds beginning with the school term in which repayment was made in full but not retroactively for previous school terms.

    404.7. Georgia Drug-Free Act.

    1. A student convicted of committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana,

    controlled substances, or dangerous drugs, may be ineligible for HOPE GED Grant payment from the date of conviction to the completion of the following school term, in accordance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990, O.C.G.A. 20-1-20, et seq.

    404.8. Incarceration.

    1. A student attending an Eligible Postsecondary Institution is ineligib

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