Financial Aid

More than 80% of Georgia College's undergraduate students receive financial aid
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Everyone can use a little help every now and then, especially paying for a college education. More than 80% of Georgia College's undergraduate students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, employment opportunities, and student loans. Come to the Financial Aid Office and let’s discuss your educational goals and how we can help you find the financial resources to reach them.

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  • The GCSU Scholarship Application opens December 1 and closes February 19. This application allows students to apply for GCSU scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be open on in December 2023. Due to changes to the format of the FAFSA, the application did not open October 1st as it has in prior years but the Department of Education has said it will open sometime in December. The 2024-2025 FAFSA would be valid for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, Summer 2025. 
  • Important update for HOPE Scholarship recipients for 2023-2024: At GCSU, the eligibility amount for the HOPE Scholarship will be $250.27 per credit hour. Students who are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship and are enrolled in 15 credit hours or more per semester will receive the HOPE Scholarship in the amount of their full tuition amount of $3754. Students who are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship and are enrolled in 14 credit hours or less per semester will need to take $250.27 and multiply the number of hours enrolled to determine how much they will receive in the HOPE Scholarship. Please see 4 examples below and contact our office if any questions.
    15 credit hours x 250.27 = $3754                               
    14 credit hours x 250.57 = $3503.78                         
    13 credit hours x 250.27 = $3253.51                       
    12 credit hours x 250.27 = $3003.24
  • The Spring Semester 2024 Nelnet Payment Plan opens October 23, 2023. Enroll using the following link:
    Spring 2024 Nelnet Payment Plan
  • Georgia College has completed the administering of the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF III) to eligible students.  Additional information can be found at:
    Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF)
  • The 2023-2024 Loan Interest Rates for Federal Direct Loans went into effect July 1, 2023.  Please see the "Loans" section using the link below for general information concerning loans along with current and previous interest rates:
  •  In the December COVID 19 Relief legislation, Congress provided for new pathways to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for many students. Students who are eligible to participate in federal work-study programs or students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 can qualify for SNAP under the new provisions. These students must contact their local Department of Human Services Division of Family & Children Services to begin this process. This change will last for the duration of the federal public health emergency. Your eligibility requirement may be verified by your local Department of Human Services Division of Family & Children Services. Please note that GC Financial Aid Administrators are not able to assist or answer any questions regarding this process.
  • REMINDER:  Only courses that are required for a student’s degree, major, or core courses can be eligible for Federal Student Aid. Courses used only to satisfy minor or undergraduate certificate requirements will not be used to determine your aid eligibility.  Your aid could be decreased if you are registered in courses not meeting these requirements. HOPE and Zell Miller are not impacted by this.  Course Program of Study FAQ
  • Visit Know More. Borrow Less. to learn more about the USG Chancellor's initiative to reduce student loan debt.


Apply for Financial Aid

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.

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Apply for HOPE

​The GSFAPPS is the alternative application for students to apply for the HOPE and/or Zell Miller scholarships only. It is completed via Georgia Student Finance Commission's website. You must create an account on this website to be able to access the application.

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