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Now There's Even MORE FREE COLLEGE In Georgia!

Remember when we told you about how you could get free college tuition in Georgia? The Hope Career Grant was just made even better as Governor Nathan Deal announced it would be expanded.

The new programs include:


·      Aviation maintenance

·      Automotive tech

·      Distribution-materials management

·      Electrical line work

·      Construction

These five categories have tons of career potential in Georgia and there are so many educational tracks for potential students. We’ve spoken to the High Demand Career Initiative folks about this, and they’ve specifically highlighted how aviation maintenance is a huge need in Georgia right now.

What you need to apply for the HOPE Career Grant:

You MUST qualify for and be receiving the HOPE Grant (the HOPE Career Grant is a separate deal). To qualify for the HOPE Grant you’ll need the following:

  1. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Meet enrollment requirements;
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
  5. Meet academic achievement standards;
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program.

Program Eligibility

Full-time enrollment is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, they are required to have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.

The two grants together will cover all tuition in the aforementioned programs. Remember, this is for tuition only. Students will still be responsible for student fees and any necessary equipment.


Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS).

Good luck!



Parrish Walton

Parrish Walton is a communications specialist with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). He is the primary author of the Georgia@Work blog, which aims to educate Georgia citizens on all of the great things done by the Workforce Division within GDEcD. Parrish is a proud product of the public school system of... more