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GSFC State Programs Update GASFAA Conference Spring 2009 Savannah, Georgia. Topics. Program Regulatory Changes Budget Climate Invoice Processing and Payment Delays Deadline Dates GSFAPPS Processing Changes HOPE GPA calculation Progress. Program Regulatory Changes.
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The revised APPEALS AND EXCEPTIONS sections, as approved at the November 2008 GSFC Board of Commissioners meeting, are included in the 2009-2010 HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant regulations.
These changes provide the Board of Commissioners with increased involvement in the process of
reviewing and granting HOPE Scholarship
Provided clarification in the regulations regarding the requirements to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship based on scoring in the 85th percentile on the SAT/ACT:
- Scores must be from a singletest administration;
-Scores must be in the national composite85th percentile;
-Applies to students who completed a home study program, graduated from an ineligible high school,
or received a GED at any time after June 30, 1993.
Provided clarification in the regulations regarding the 24 months Georgia residency requirement to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship:
- Students who graduated from high school or equivalent on or after July 1, 2008and were not Georgia residents at that time, must be Georgia residents for 24 months, rather than 12 months, before becoming eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.
Provided clarification in the regulations regarding degree coursework attempted prior to high school graduation:
- Degree coursework attempted by a high school student who did not graduate as a HOPE Scholar, must be counted as Attempted-Hours, if the college accepts the credit hours and such coursework was attempted during a school term that began on or after July 1, 2008.
-In addition, the 02/27/2009 GSFC DCL allows waivers for such students who attempted coursework during a school term that began prior to July 1, 2008.
As a result of HB 484, the dependent children of active duty military personnel stationed in Georgia will be treated as Georgia residents for purposes of the HOPE Scholarship Program:
- Such students will no longer be required to graduate from a Georgia high school;
-Such students will no longer be limited to entering the HOPE Scholarship Program as freshmen (First-Tier).
“Dependent Child” is defined as an individual under the age of 24 who receives financial support from a parent whose income tax return lists the individual as a dependent.
As a result of HB 313, the high school GPA requirement for HOPE Scholarship eligibility will be a 3.0 for all students who began the 9th grade during the 2008-2009 school year (Class of 2012), and thereafter.
-Beginning with the Class of 2012, there will no longer be a 3.2 GPA requirement for students who graduate with a technical/career high school diploma.
- Members of high school graduating classes of 2009,
2010 and 2011 are not impacted by HB 313.
Provided clarification in the regulations regarding technical certificate or diploma coursework attempted prior to high school graduation for which HOPE Grant payment was received:
-Technical certificate or diploma coursework attempted as part of Dual Credit Enrollment must not be counted as Paid-Hours, if such coursework was attempted during a term that began on or after July 1, 2008.
- In addition, the 02/27/2009 GSFC DCL allows waivers for such students who attempted coursework during a school term that began prior to July 1, 2008.
As a result of HB 484, the dependent children of active duty military personnel stationed in Georgia will be treated as Georgia residents for purposes of the HOPE Grant Program:
-Such students are already treated as Georgia residents for purposes of HOPE Grant eligibility (if they are granted an out-of-state tuition waiver by the institution) therefore, the enactment of HB 484 will have no meaningful impact on these students.
As a result of SFY 2010 State Budget, the TEG award amount is reduced from the 2008-2009 academic year amount of $1,200, to the 2009-2010 academic year amount of $950:
-Reduced from $600 per semester to $475, or
-Reduced from $400 per quarter to $317.
Summer 2009: $316
Fall 2009: $317
Winter 2010: $317
Spring 2010: $316
-Students may receive payment for 3 semesters or 4 quarters.
-“Award Date” is the day after the college’s drop/add period, rather than 14 days after the drop/add period.
-“Invoicing Deadline Date” will be set by GSFC for each term, and published no later than June 30th each year.
-Students must have a completed and approved application on file with GSFC prior to the Invoicing Deadline Date, in order to receive payment for that term.
-Invoices submitted to GSFC after the Invoicing Deadline Date will not be paid. This includes invoices submitted prior to the Invoicing Deadline Date, but with Invoicing Rejects that were not resolved until after the Invoicing Deadline Date.
As a result of FY 2010 State Budget, the Governor’s Scholarship Program will not be funded for the 2009-2010 award year. No awards will be made for entering college freshman, or renewal students.
-2010 State Budget Signed into Law on 05/13/2009
-State Revenue Still Well Below 2008 levels
-Additional State Funds Remain Scarce
-SFY 2009 Amended and 2010 State Funded
-SFY 2009 Amended and SFY 2010 Lottery Funded Program Budget
HOPE GPA Calculation Services
Preliminary HOPE GPA
- Primary purpose is to provide postsecondary schools
information on who is likely eligible for HOPE
Final HOPE GPA
- Final Calculation and GPA Verification by the High Schools
- Determines final HOPE eligibility for 2009
- Provides the final list to the post secondary schools of the senior students eligible for HOPE
HOPE Progress Reports
- Conducts GPA calculation on 9-11th grade students
- Primary purpose is to provide a progress report toward
HOPE eligibility so course and study plans can be
made by parents, counselors and students
2009 Preliminary HOPE GPA Results
Preliminary GPA Calculation process ended March 16, 2009
Students are not placed on HOPE-eligible list until schools have verified the final calculation
Preliminary HOPE Statistics as of March 16, 2009:
Out of 674 schools and an estimated 103,800 senior students
Number of Schools Uploaded Transcripts 591 (87.7%)
Number of Schools with Verified GPAs 537 (79.7%)
Number of Students with GPAs Calculated 97,667 (94.1%)
Number of Students Verified 91,185 (87.8%)
Percent of Eligible Students Verified (97.3%)
- Private Schools - 35
GSFC will continue to market the HOPE Progress Reports service to encourage high schools to provide reports to all 9th - 11th grade students
GSFC released a new Transcript Upload option to all high schools to streamline the upload of HOPE Progress Report Transcripts directly to GSFC and bypass XAP
Work with the numerous High Schools changing SIS Vendors
With the coming of Transitions version of GAcollege411 in the fall of 2009, GSFC plans extensive refresher training on Transcript Exchange and HOPE GPA this fall.
- New Professional Center User Guides
- Statewide Transcript Refresher Training
- See future announcements for locations and dates