State Aid Programs
HOPE SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT: For eligible students, HOPE pays partial tuition, no fees, and no book allowance. The amount HOPE pays will change every academic year. HOPE is awarded at Bainbridge State College based upon the assumption of full-time enrollment and is paid based on your actual class schedule until you reach your HOPE cap. If your HOPE award is estimated, all factors used to determine your eligibility are not final. Final determination of your eligibility will be made after grades or transfer hours are reviewed.
HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 HOPE GPA at the end of each spring semester and after 30, 60, and 90 attempted hours. A student must be enrolled in an Associate’s degree program in order for the HOPE Scholarship to pay for upper division courses. HOPE Scholarship will cap at 127 hours.
HOPE Grant will only pay for Certificates and Mini-Certificate classes. Hope Grant will cap at 63 hours. Students must have a 3.0 GPA after 30 and 60 hours to qualify.
NOTE: Please visit GAcollege411.org for the most current information on HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant.
ZELL MILLER SCHOLARSHIP: For eligible students, the Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of tuition, no fees, and no books. The amount that Zell Miller Scholarship pays will change every academic year. A student must be enrolled in an associates degree program in order for the Zell Miller Scholarship to pay for upper division courses. The Zell Miller Scholarship is awarded at Bainbridge State College based upon the assumption of full-time enrollment and is paid based upon your actual class schedule until you reach the 127 hour cap. If your Zell Miller Scholarship award is estimated, all factors used to determine your eligibility are not final. Final determination of your eligibility will be made after grades or transfer hours are reviewed.
Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must have a minimum 3.3 GPA at the end of each spring semester and after 30, 60, and 90 attempted hours. The Zell Miller Scholarship will pay only for upper division level courses in an associate degree major.
ZELL MILLER GRANT: For eligible students Zell Miller Grant pays 100% of tuition, no fees and no books. Eligibility is determined after your first term of payment of HOPE grant. Student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA based on grades after high school graduation (excluding learning support). Student must maintain a 3.5 GPA to keep Zell Miller Grant.
Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG): SIWDG is available to students who are working towards a degree in a high need profession. SIWDG is only eligible to students who are currently receiving HOPE or Zell Miller Grant. GSFC has recognized the following programs as SIWDG: Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Education (diploma), Practical Nursing, Network Operating Systems, A+ Computer TIA, Phlebotomy Technology, Medical Administrative Technician and Structural Welding. This grant pays students based on enrollment as follows:
9 hours or more $500.00 3 – 8 hours $250.00
1-2 hours $125.00 Commercial Truck Driving $1,000 for one term only
(9 credit hours minimum)
Federal Aid Programs
FEDERAL PELL GRANT/FEDERAL SEOG GRANT: These grants are awarded to students with exceptional financial need. The Pell Grant amount is determined by the cost of attendance, the Expected Family Contribution calculated by the FAFSA processor, and the student’s enrollment status. Pell Grant is limited to the equivalent of six years of full-time enrollment. Eligibility for the Federal SEOG is based upon Pell Grant eligibility and exceptional financial need. SEOG funds are extremely limited. Pell is awarded based on full time status. Payment will prorate based on the following table:
12 or more hours: 100% 6-8 hours: 50%
9-11 hours: 75% 1-5 hours: 25%
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY PROGRAM: Limited jobs are available on campus, with work schedules planned around student class schedules. Student workers receive a paycheck every other week for hours worked. Campus employment requires a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Campus Employment application, available in the Office of Financial Aid. Students must be enrolled in at least six hours to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. Please note that a student may not be eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program if they accept a student loan.
DIRECT LOAN: Students enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in programs eligible for federal aid may borrow low-interest Direct Loans. A completed FAFSA is required. Complete instructions on applying for Direct Loans at Bainbridge State College are located at www.bainbridge.edu. Each student must complete the Master Promissory Note and the Entrance Loan Counseling. Both of these steps can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov. The Master Promissory Note must be completed each aid year. The first Direct Loan disbursement for freshmen borrowers may not be released until 30 days after school begins.
Bainbridge State College Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, and foundations, Bainbridge State College awards a variety of scholarships each year. BSC Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and/or other specifications set by donors. The BSC Foundation Scholarship Application is an annual process and we encourage students to apply each year.
The application is now open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students wishing to apply for any of these scholarships must do so by March 3, 2017.
Award amounts/requirements are subject to modifications based on current regulations.