Hope Scholarship GPA Calculation

Since the 2008-2009 school year, Georgia has standardized on GPA calculation for high school graduates with respect to Hope Scholarship qualification requirements.  School districts can choose to implement their own grading systems locally; however, when reported to the Georgia Student Finance Commission for  hope scholarship, the following rules must be followed.

  1. A Complete, official high school transcript must be reported.
  2. All grades must be converted to a 4.0 scale.  This means no letter grades and no grades higher than 4.0 are allowed. Letter grade conversions to numerical are as follows:  90-100 (A) = 4.0;  80-89 (B) = 3.0; 70-79(C) = 2.0; 60-69(D) = 1.0; 59 and below(F) = 0.0  Schools may implement sliding scales or +/-.  For example A- = 3.2 A = 3.7 A+ = 4.0, for example.
  3. If any weighting is given for AP or other advanced courses, the weighting must be removed in the grade reporting.
  4. The GSFC will add 0.5 points to all grades reported for AP and Baccalaureate courses.  But, no grade will be above 4.0 after the weighting.
  5. Only Academic courses are counted in the hope scholarship gpa.  Academic courses are: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language.  This means PE, Band, Art, etc… are not used in the hope scholarship gpa calculation.  All academic courses Freshman-Senior are included in the calculation.
  6. After taking steps 1-5, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is qualified for hope scholarship.

The most difficult steps are removing weighting for AP or Baccalaureate courses that your school may use and recalculating the GPA.  Many schools now have one gpa used for determining class rank, which probably uses all classes taken in the calculation along with weighting differences, and a second gpa called the hope scholarship qualification gpa.

It is best practice to talk with your guidance counselor at your school to ask for a non-weighted gpa, or the hope scholarship qualified gpa.

The key thing to remember is that grades earned during Freshman year are just as important as grades earned during the Junior and Senior year; so, work hard early and you will not find yourself behind later.

 Hope Scholarship GPA Calculation Example

Hope GPA Calculation Example

Course Grade Hope GPA Conversion
English 88 3.0
English 85 3.0
English 82 3.0
English 80 3.0
Math 91 4.0
Math 89 3.0
Math 95 4.0
Math AP Calculus 83 3.0 + 0.5 for AP Weighting
Science 79 2.0
Science 71 2.0
Science AP 75 2.0 + 0.5 for AP Weighting
Social Studies 90 4.0
Social Studies 95 4.0
Social Studies AP 92 4.0 (AP grades of A not weighted)
Spanish 81 3.0
Spanish 83 3.0


Add all GPA scores in third column for total of 51.  Divide by number of classes (16).  Hope GPA Calculation is 51/16 = 3.1875.  This qualifies for the regular Hope Scholarship but does not qualify for the Zell Miller which requires a 3.7 or higher GPA.

IMPORTANT! The Hope GPA Calculation is NOT rounded up.  On the example above, if the total GPA scores was 47 instead of 51, the GPA calculation would be 47/16 = 2.9375.  Since the score is NOT rounded up, this is not eligible for the Hope Scholarship.  The minimum GPA must be 3.0 on this calculation for eligibility.

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10 Responses to Hope Scholarship GPA Calculation

  1. Heather cartagena says:

    Hi does ap computer science count as a science class when doing hope scholarship calculations?

  2. Hi does ap computer science count as a science class when doing hope scholarship calculations and is it true that if you have an average of 3.0 when hope scholarship is calculated you can get 90% of college paid?

    • moderator says:

      The AP Computer Science class should be considered science, I think. Also, the 90% paid is 90% of the college tuition amount on the 2011 tuition costs. It does not scale each year.

  3. gpa calculator high school says:

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  4. Theresa says:

    I understand the new HB 131 will go into effect July 1. If I graduate in June, will these changes be used to count my hope GPA?


  5. Dasiane Jones says:

    Hi, does AP Art history count as part of hope gpa?

    • moderator says:

      According to the GSFC website, only Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and college prep foreign language classes are used in the GPA calculation. Whether or not AP Art History counts as a social studies class requirement is a great question for your high school counselor.

  6. cindy says:

    Would AP music theory be counted toward the hope calculations?… (It is an AP level class and my son took it as he intends on majoring in music performance in college).

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