Due to University System of Georgia system upgrades, 2019-2020 awarding will be delayed. We will retrieve FAFSA files in January 2019, and awards are estimated to begin by February 2019.
Early Estimate awards will begin late November to early December. These estimated awards are based on the previous year’s Cost of Attendance (COA). Loan amounts will be based on student’s current class level and annual limits. HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship amounts will also be based on the previous year’s per credit hour rates. HOPE eligibility for current high school seniors will be based on end of the 11th grade status as reported by their high school during the Early Estimate period. This information will be updated in early Spring Semester based on preliminary reporting of the high school to the HOPE Office. Awards will be estimated through the beginning of Summer Semester and will then be adjusted based on actual costs, new federal aid regulations, and any state program updates.
While most deadlines are “soft” deadlines, below is a list of dates that correspond to aid processing in our office.
July 1 – Fall semester “soft” deadline for completion of all financial aid forms. Files completed after this date will be processed as time permits, and students will be reimbursed any funds awarded.
November 1 – Spring semester “soft” deadline for completion of all financial aid forms. Files completed after this date will be processed as time permits, and students will be reimbursed any funds awarded.
April 1 – Summer semester “soft” deadline for completion of all financial aid forms. Files completed after this date will be processed as time permits, and students will be reimbursed any funds awarded.
Students must submit complete financial aid applications to be considered for aid. Some programs have a limited supply of funds. Please note that this is not a guarantee of funds availability but rather a timeframe based on previous history. All limited-funded programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students must submit complete financial aid applications by these dates in order to use financial aid funds to pay for the semester's bill. Students whose files are not complete by this date should be prepared to pay costs until applications are processed and eligibility is determined.
Particular programs may have stricter deadlines. Examples would be HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship and Dual Enrollment. Specific dates and/or deadlines for various aid types that deviate from the above timeline are denoted on our website in the explanation of those particular programs.
Here are some tips for this type situation:
The FAFSA asks for marital status “as of today” (the day it is filled out). So if you or your parent are married now but were not in the tax year in question (and therefore did not file taxes as married), the spouse’s income will need to be added to the FAFSA.
Similarly, if you or your parent filed taxes as married during the FAFSA tax year, but are no longer married when filling out the FAFSA, the spouse’s income will need to be subtracted.
And if you or your parent were married when filing taxes, then got divorced and are now married to someone else, there’s a bit more math to do: Subtract the ex’s income, then add the new spouse’s income.