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The HOPE Career Grant is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select diploma or certificate majors specifically aligned with one of 17 industries. These industries were initially identified by Governor Nathan Deal and later expanded under Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly as strategically important to the state’s economic growth. Recipients of this grant pay no tuition and in some cases, the grant will cover fees and equipment as well.

Students enrolled in the following career paths may be eligible for no cost tuition opportunities:

Advanced CAD Technician 
Advanced Carpentry 
Air Conditioning Electrical Technician 
Auto Basic Maintenance and Detailing Technician 
Auto Light Duty Diesel Engine Technician
Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician
Automotive Engine Performance Technician 
Automotive Light Duty Diesel Engine Tech 
AWS Cloud Solutions Specialist 
Basic CNC Technician 
Basic Electrical Technician 
Basic Machining Operator 
C# Programmer 
C++ Programmer 
CAD Operator 
Carpentry Fundamentals 
Cisco Network Specialist 
Computer Hardware and Network Technician 
Criminal Investigation Specialist 
Criminal Justice Fundamentals 
Criminal Justice Specialist 
Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems Tech 
Diesel Engine Service Technician 
Early Childhood Exceptionalities 
Full Stack Developer 
Geriatric Care Assistant 
Graphic Design Assistant 
Healthcare Professional 
Heavy Diesel Service Technician 
Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Technician 
Industrial Construction I 
Industrial Electrician 
Industrial Fluid Power Technician 
Industrial Motor Control Technician 
Information Technology Professional 
Introduction to Child Care 
iOS App Development in Swift 
Java Programmer 
Lathe Operator 
Logistics Management Specialist 
Logistics Management Technician 
Manufacturing Maintenance Technician 
Manufacturing Production Assistant 
Mechatronics Specialist 
Microsoft Excel Application Specialist 
Microsoft Network Administrator 
Mill Operator 
NCCER Basic Masonry 
NCCER Carpentry Fundamentals 
Network Support Specialist 
Network Technician 
Network Technologist 
Nurse Aide Accelerated 
Pharmacist’s Assistant 
Precision Machining and Manufacturing 
Supply Chain Specialist 
Web Site Designer  

Business Technology 
Computer Programming 
Criminal Justice Technology 
Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
Major Appliance Technology 
Mechatronics Technology

For a complete list of no cost programs that Columbus Tech offers please click here: HOPE Career Grant Eligible Programs.

The HOPE Career Grant is also available to recipients of the Zell Miller Grant, which, in addition to HOPE Grant requirements, stipulates that students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the end of each college term. High School students are not eligible for the HOPE Career Grant.

The awards are as follows:

9 or more credit hours – $500

3 to 8 credit hours – $250

1 to 2 credit hours – $125