Completing the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal application that will allow GC's Financial Aid Office to review you for any federal grants, loans, work-study programs, and even state scholarships such as the HOPE/Zell Miller. Students whose applications and files are complete by the March 1st priority deadline will receive full consideration for federal and state aid programs with limited funding. If you are only interested in the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, you can complete the GSFAPPS at www.gacollege411.org.
The FAFSA must be completed after January 1st of each year and can be accessed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you are unable to access the application online, you may request a paper copy of the application by calling the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243. In many cases, parental tax information is required in addition to student data, so it is important to have one or both of your parents available while completing this application. Utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval feature of the FAFSA makes completing the tax sections of the FAFSA easier and faster for both the parents and students.
When completing the FAFSA, be sure to list Georgia College in the school section of the application using our Federal School Code of 001602. This will allow us to receive an electronic copy of the application. Students and parents will electronically sign the FAFSA using a unique PIN (Personal Identification Number) that is issued to them through the Department of Education. To request a PIN or access your PIN, please visit the PIN website at www.pin.ed.gov. Both the student and parent will have to request their own unique PIN to be used each year to complete the FAFSA.
The most important factor in applying for financial aid is to apply early, so while we encourage students and potential students to complete their FAFSA as early as possible, please be advised that all students have to be accepted for admissions to our Univeristy before our office can review your financial aid application and make any offers to you. Once we have received your FAFSA, we will notify you if additional information is needed. Once you have been admitted and your financial application is complete with our office, you will be reviewed for financial aid and notified of all eligible awards and offers.