Drivers Ed scholarship program at Drive Smart Georgia! Apply today!

Drivers Ed scholarship program at Drive Smart Georgia! Apply today!

Georgia DDS has designated Drive Smart Georgia as an authorized provider of the new Drivers Ed scholarship program to qualified families.

Georgia residents age 15-17 can apply for the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC). The scholarship program satisfies all Joshua’s Law requirements. Furthermore, all grant recipients can take the program with NO out-of-pocket cost.

Joshua’s Law explained

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Under Joshua’s Law, new drivers must do the following to get a Class D driver’s license at the age of 16.

  • First, teens must complete a certified 30-hour driver education course that is approved by the Georgia DDS.
  • Then, they need to complete a cumulative total of at least 40 hours of supervised driving experience. The hours must include at least 6 hours of nighttime driving.

To read more about Joshua’s Law, check out this blog post from Drive Smart Georgia.

How to qualify for a Drivers Ed scholarship

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The grant scholarship program is open to Georgia residents age 15-17. The scholarship includes thirty hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction with an approved instructor.

According to the Georgia DDS, priority for the no-cost Drivers Ed scholarship program is as follows:

  • 1st priority: First priority will be given to grant scholarship applicants who are a child or dependent of a public safety professional or member of the United States military killed in the line of duty.
  • 2nd priority: Second priority will be given to scholarship applicants who can demonstrate a need based on family income.
  • 3rd priority: Third priority will be given to all applicants who do not meet the criteria set forth in the first priority and second priority outlined above. Grant scholarship allocations are evenly distributed among Georgia’s United States congressional districts.

Steps to apply for the Drivers Ed scholarship

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Simply follow these steps to apply for a no-cost Drivers Ed scholarship at Drive Smart Georgia.

Drivers Ed scholarship: Step #1

To begin, click on this link to apply for Drivers Ed through the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship program.

Then, click on “student login“, and a new page will appear to login to the application. Finally, to login, enter “student” as the username and “student” as the password (username and password should be all lowercase and without the quotation marks).

How soon will I hear back from the State of Georgia about the scholarship?

  • Grant scholarships will be awarded monthly
  • Applications for the scholarships will be due by the 5th of every month
  • Awards and denials will be issued by the 20th of each month and will be sent by email.

For more information, and to see if you qualify, please see the Scholarship Program qualifications.

Drivers Ed scholarship: Step #2

After receiving notification of your grant scholarship award, you will be given a redemption code. Once you receive your code, call Drive Smart Georgia and give us your redemption code.

We will be more than happy to help you register for our $499 Road Wise package that includes the 30-hour Driver’s Ed class and 6 hours of in-car driving lessons. There are no out-of-pocket costs for teens that receive the scholarship.

After the Drivers Ed class, what’s next??

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After completion of the 40-hour Drivers Ed class, students or parents can then login to Drive Scout to sign up for three 2-hour in-car driving lessons. There is no cost for Drivers Ed scholarship recipients!

Drive Smart Georgia Locations:

  1. Johns Creek: 6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy, Suite E100, Johns Creek, GA 30022. Call (770) 232-0903.
  2. Alpharetta: 13695 Highway 9 North, Suite 102, Alpharetta, GA 30004. Call (770) 232-0900.
  3. Cumming: 1790 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 202, Cumming, GA 30041. Call (470) 239-4294.

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