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.
As part of Georgia College’s response to the coronavirus, we are practicing many changes to promote the health and safety of our staff, students and guests. Below is important information regarding how the Financial Aid Office is available to assist our students and families.
- We encourage you to continue to reach us by phone at 478-445-5149.
- Staff members will regularly continue to check the firstname.lastname@example.org email account throughout each day and we will respond to your requests as soon as possible. Please be sure to include your GCID number and full name so we can identify your records easily.
- Staff members will also continue checking their individual email accounts throughout the day and they will respond to your requests as soon as possible
- We encourage students to make an appointment should an office visit be needed. Appointments can be made via phone at 478-445-5149, via email to email@example.com or by emailing your Financial Aid Advisor directly
- Students and guests who visit our office will need to know the following:
* Social distancing is being implemented and there will be a maximum of 2 students serviced in the office at a time. We ask that a maximum of 2 guests accompany each student
who visits the Financial Aid Office. Guests will be asked to remain in the hallway or on the front porch of Parks Hall until the student can be relocated to our service area.
* Students and guests will be required to wear a face mask and masks will be provided (if needed).
* Temperature checks will be provided upon request.
- We will continue to accept fax documents and requests at 478-445-0729.
- All communication from our office will continue to be electronic until further notice.
We continue to appreciate your flexibility and understanding during this time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to let us know how we can continue to help you navigate through these times. Please stay safe and be well.
Bookstore Purchases: Beginning Saturday, August 8, 2020 through Tuesday, August 18, 2020, students can purchase textbooks and supplies for Fall Semester 2020 utilizing excess financial aid, if applicable, up to $1,000. In order to do so, students must complete an "authorization" for bookstore purchases through their PAWS account. Only the student to whom the financial aid belongs is permitted to purchase the books and supplies at the bookstore. The student must be present for purchases made at GC Barnes & Noble store.
REMINDER: Only courses that are required for a student’s degree, major, or core courses can be eligible for Federal Student Aid. 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
The Fall Semester 2020 Nelnet Payment Plan is now available. Details on how to enroll in the payment plan can be found here.
Georgia College has received federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These emergency financial aid grants will be administered to students for expenses related to the Spring Semester 2020 disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. There’s a limited amount of funding and applications will be reviewed in the order received. Additional information can be found in the link below:
GC Financial Aid has closed the CARES Act Application due to funding and regulatory requirements. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if more information is needed.
Check out our Spring 2020 Financial Aid Newsletter!
Interested in Summer Semester 2020 Financial Aid? Check out the link below for summer aid eligibility requirements and information:
Summer Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements & Information
In collaboration with Swipe Out Hunger, Georgia College students in need of meal assistance can apply to receive swipes at The Max. Details are provided in the link to application below:
Swipe Hunger Application
Unfortunately, at this time Swipe Out Hunger Application for Meal Assistance is unavailable. Due to the Coronavirus, GC Campus is currently closed therefore meal plan swipes cannot be granted to students at this time. Please contact GC Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (478)445-5149 for possible other assistance.
The FAFSA for 2020-2021 is now available! Complete yours today at fafsa.ed.gov!
Visit Know More. Borrow Less. to learn more about the USG Chancellor's initiative to reduce student loan debt.
The 2020-2021 Loan Interest Rates for Federal Direct Loans go into effect July 1, 2020. Please see the link below for general information concerning loans along with current and previous interest rates:
General Loan Information and Interest Rates
FAFSA: 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.
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.