Federal Pell Grants
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. (A professional degree is earned after earning a bachelor's degree in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry.) To determine if you are eligible financially, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains this number, in the upper right portion of page 1, and will tell you if you are eligible for a Pell Grant. Detailed information may be found at Student Aid on the Web.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need -- that is, students with the lowest EFCs -- and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. An FSEOG does not have to be repaid. There is no guarantee every eligible student will be able to receive an FSEOG; students are awarded an FSEOG based on the availability of funds at the time financial aid awards are packaged at Georgia College. Detailed information may be found at Student Aid on the Web.
If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.