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STEM Courses and the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships FAQs

Effective fall 2017, when calculating the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship postsecondary Grade Point Average (GPA), an additional weight of 0.5 will be added to grades of B, C, and D for approved degree level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses taken at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution fall 2017 or later.

Where can I find the approved STEM Courses?

The approved STEM courses are located in the STEM Weighted Course Directory.

Will approved STEM courses I take at another eligible postsecondary institution receive the additional GPA weight at UNG?

Yes, all approved courses taken fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.

Will STEM courses I take at an out-of-state institution receive additional GPA weight?

No. Courses must be taken at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution fall 2017 or later. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for a list of the eligible schools.

Will STEM courses I took prior to fall 2017 receive additional GPA weight retroactively?

No. Only eligible courses taken fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.

If I take a course that is not currently in the STEM Weighted Course Directory and then it is added to the STEM Weighted Course Directory at a later date for a later term, can I get the additional GPA weight retroactively?

No. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for the Beginning and End Terms for all courses

What do I need to do to have the additional GPA weight added to my HOPE Scholarship GPA?

Nothing. We will add the additional weight to your GPA automatically.

Who determines which courses appear in the STEM Weighted Course Directory?

The STEM Weighted Course Council is responsible for approving all additions, deletions, and changes to the directory. This council consists of representatives from the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and a member of the Georgia General Assembly.

How often is the STEM Weighted Course Directory updated?

Changes to the STEM Weighted Course Directory only occur once per year, generally in February.

Will I receive the STEM weight as a Dual Enrollment student?

Dual Enrollment students who take a STEM course will not receive an additional 0.5 weight for the class to determine their HOPE Scholarship GPA at the postsecondary (college) level because the course was taken while in high school. Students will receive a 0.5 weight for a core dual enrollment STEM course when calculating their high school HOPE Scholarship GPA.

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