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1. Apply and be accepted for admission to Georgia College & State University.

2. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (Students who have previously applied for aid and have supplied the Department of Education with an e-mail address, will be sent notifications electronically via e-mail)

3. When completing the FAFSA, be sure to list Georgia College & State University 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 should also be certain that all necessary signatures are included.)

4. In no more than four weeks, the student will receive an e-mail notification with a direct link to the student's online Student Aid Report (SAR). If an e-mail address was not provided on the application, the information will be mailed to the student. An electronic copy will also be sent to GCSU if so indicated. Please carefully read the comment section on the SAR to determine if any further action is required to complete the application process. If any information is incorrect, follow the instructions provided on the SAR.

5. Please verify with the GCSU Financial Aid Office that an electronic copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) has been received.

6. Verification is the process by which the U.S. Department of Education requires schools to check a certain percentage of their financial aid applications for accuracy. If the application is selected, the student will be asked to submit additional information to the Financial Aid Office. At a minimum, this will include a completed verification worksheet, student's federal tax return, and if applicable, the parent's or spouse's tax returns.

7. Parents of dependent students who apply for the PLUS Loan must complete a PLUS application as well as the other listed requirements. PLUS applications are available from the Financial Aid Office or may be downloaded from /financialaid.

8. Students will be notified via their eCats e-mail of their eligibility for financial aid through either an electronic Award Letter or explanation of ineligibility not more than two weeks after they complete the application process.

9. Be sure to report to the Financial Aid Office, in writing, any pending outside scholarships.

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