How To Apply

Overview

The information on these pages is intended to help you complete the necessary steps to apply for financial aid as well as provide “tips and tricks” to having a successful application process.


Qualifying for Financial Aid

To be eligible for federal and state programs, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate federal need (may not be required for some loan and institutional programs).
  • Have a standard high school diploma, GED, or ATB (Ability to Benefit) on file.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with permanent residency status and an alien registration ID number (may not be required for some institutional programs).
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (males between the ages of 18-25).
  • Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits under the Title IV program.
  • Must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion.
  • Must have all requested documentation on file before disbursements can be made.
  • Only courses in the student’s program of study, per the DegreeWorks audit, will be eligible for financial aid.
  •  Graduate students who are provisionally admitted to a program are not eligible for financial aid until they are no longer in a provisional status.

*Note: Post-Baccalaureate students who have a prior degree from Georgia Southern University are only eligible for financial aid if they are seeking a different degree. Students adding a major to an existing degree program, or just taking courses to improve GPA or for other reasons, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

 

Six Steps to Apply for Aid

The Financial Aid Process: Six Steps
1. Complete the Financial Aid Application

To be reviewed for federal and state student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov between October 1st and February 1st for enrollment in the following fall semester. You must list Georgia Southern’s Title IV school code (001572) on the form. It is important to apply early, as some financial aid funds are limited and are administered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are only interested in receiving the HOPE Scholarship, you do not need to complete the FAFSA; instead, you can complete the GSFAPPS.  Visit GAfutures for more information about the HOPE Scholarship. If you choose to complete the FAFSA, you must complete a FAFSA or a Renewal FAFSA for each academic year that you want to receive aid. You can review the 7 Step FAFSA Tutorial here


2. Review your Student Aid Report

Approximately one week after completing your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you do not, check the status of your report online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The SAR summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. If all the information is correct, keep the SAR for your records. (If you listed Georgia Southern on your FAFSA, we will receive a copy of your SAR electronically). If information on your SAR is incorrect, mail in corrections to the appropriate address, or make them online.


3. Georgia Southern Correspondence

Within three to four weeks after you receive a complete, correct SAR, the Georgia Southern Financial Aid Office will email you an award notification via EAGLEGRAM or a request for additional documents. (If you don’t receive an e-mail, please contact us.) Submit requested documents as soon as possible or your aid may be delayed.


4. Your Award Notification

Your EAGLEGRAM advises you to visit MyGeorgiaSouthern to log into WINGS, which describes your financial aid award. Review the information. If there are corrections needed, please notify us by e-mail. You will have to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and electronically sign your Master Promissory Note before loan proceeds will be released. Click here to complete entrance loan counseling and sign your promissory note. The Georgia Southern Office of Student Loans will mail the promissory note to you, if necessary.

NOTE: To be eligible for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, students must be enrolled and verified as attending at least half-time.

  • 1/2 time for undergraduate students is 6 hours per semester.
  • 1/2 time for graduate students varies per program.  Please click here for more information.

5. Pay Your Bill

The University’s Office of Student Accounts will send you an EAGLEGRAM to notify you that you have new charges on your student account each semester. You must then go to WINGS and select “Registration Invoice and Web Payment” to view your charges and credits. Financial aid applied to your account will be subtracted from the amount due. Read the EAGLEGRAM and webpage carefully and follow all instructions. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A PAPER INVOICE!


6. Get Your Refund

If your aid awarded exceeds the amount you owe the University, a refund check will be mailed to your Georgia Southern campus post office box or to your local or permanent mailing address if you do not have a campus post office box. Keep in mind that federal regulations require attendance verification before your refund can be paid to you.

 

Important Award Information

Your Financial Aid Award and Eligibility
  • Your financial aid award is based on financial aid information that our office currently has on file. It is your responsibility to understand your financial aid eligibility. If additional information is received, your aid eligibility is subject to adjustment. If the aid has already been disbursed to your Office of Student Accounts invoice, and your aid is adjusted, you will be required to repay all funds for which you are no longer eligible.
  • You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to be eligible for financial aid. To check your SAP status, click on “Overall Financial Aid Status” on the award notification page on your WINGS account.
  • Summer financial aid eligibility is largely based on remaining eligibility from the previous fall and spring semesters. If you are considering attending summer term, and are concerned about funding, please contact your financial aid counselor and also review the Summer 2017 information by clicking here.

PELL Grant
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the output of FAFSA. Your EFC and Pell eligibility are subject to change each year.
  • Students who received 100% of their scheduled Pell award in both the Fall and Spring semesters will not be eligible to receive Pell during the Summer semester.
  • Pell Grant recipients enrolled less than full-time Fall and/or Spring may still qualify for a summer Pell Grant–the amount of the award will be based on remaining Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Students who received their first Pell Grant on or after July 1, 2008 may receive Pell Grant for a total of (or the equivalent of) twelve semesters (600%).
  • For purposes of determining final award amounts and disbursement amounts, Georgia Southern University uses a recalculation date for each term.  This date is always the day after the initial drop/add period of the term.  Pell awards and disbursement eligibility are based on the enrollment of the student at that date.
  • Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to qualify. Satisfactory Academic Policy Criteria:
    • Students should earn (not including learning support classes) 67% of all cumulative attempted hours.
    • Students in a 4-year program who have attempted more than 150% of the published length of a degree program will have their aid terminated.
    • Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA to remain in good standing for financial aid and academic purposes. (Exception: Education majors must maintain a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA )
    • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA to remain in good standing for financial aid and academic purposes. (Graduate students are eligible for loans only, not pell grant.)

Loans

  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov in order to receive Federal loans.
  • To be eligible for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, students must be enrolled and verified as attending at least half-time
    • 1/2 time for undergraduate students is 6 hours per semester.
    • 1/2 time for graduate students varies per program.  Please click here for more information.
  • If you have been awarded a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you should deduct 1.069% per semester from the amount shown to determine the actual amount available to use toward your expenses. Direct Loan Servicing keeps this amount as a loan origination fee.
  • Parents of dependent students who feel they will need additional funds may apply for them through the William D. Ford Federal Direct PLUS program.
  • If you have been awarded a Federal Direct PLUS Loan, you should deduct 4.276% per semester from the amount shown to determine the actual amount available to use toward your expenses. Direct Loan Servicing keeps this amount as a loan origination fee.
  • First-time borrowers at Georgia Southern University must complete online entrance counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Class Attendance Verification

In accordance with federal regulations, financial aid cannot be released to your Office of Student Account invoice until your professor(s) have verified your class attendance. Class attendance will be taken by professors in the first class meeting.


HOPE Scholarship

There have been significant changes to the HOPE Scholarship. For more details, please click here.


Transient Students

If students have transient permission from the Georgia Southern University Registrar’s Office to take core courses at another institution, the Financial Aid Office can process a consortium agreement with the other school and process the student’s financial aid. Students must be prepared to pay the fees up front and get reimbursed after the semester is over. The disbursement of financial aid for that semester is done after the grades have been received and posted in our Registrar’s Office. Grades must be received within a reasonable time frame. If the funds are reconciled for the academic year (July 15th for HOPE, September 30th for federal aid) and the grades are received after that date, we can not disburse the aid. Note that UGA independent study allows students a full year to complete the course, but the student would have to complete it within the normal semester time frame in order to receive the financial aid. For additional information, please click here.


Your Financial Aid Counselor

  • If you have any questions about your award, please select “Contact Your Financial Aid Counselor” on the award notification page on your WINGS account or click here.
  • In all communication to your Financial Aid Counselor, please be sure to include your full name, Eagle ID, and detailed question in the body of your email. This will improve the quality and efficiency of our services to you.

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance 

The Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet can assist in estimating how much it would cost to attend Georgia Southern University. The goal of this worksheet is to provide parents/students with an idea of what it would cost for the student to attend Georgia Southern. On the bottom portion of the worksheet, we have included two websites that can assist in completing this worksheet. The first website is a link to Georgia Southern University’s tuition and fee rate sheets. The second website provides a calculator to help estimate your potential financial aid award.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or visit our website.

Download the Cost of Attendance Worksheet


Net Price Calculator

Alternatively, you can click on the link below to access Georgia Southern University’s Net Price Calculator which is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The calculator is intended to give students an early approximation of what they could expect to pay at Georgia Southern University as well as the average aid that students may qualify for. This calculator is not an application for financial aid and the results are estimates, not guarantees. Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible. February 1st is the priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid.

Georgia Southern University’s Net Price Calculator

 

FAFSA Filing Options

You may choose any of these methods to file a FAFSA form:

  • Log in at fafsa.gov to apply online or
  • Fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) or
  • Complete a 2018–19 FAFSA PDF or a 2019–20 FAFSA PDF (note: you must print out and mail the FAFSA PDF for processing) or
  • Request a print-out of the FAFSA PDF by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913); then fill out the form and mail it for processing

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

To apply for federal financial aid, and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM  YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA

YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM

USING TAX INFORMATION FROM
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 2018-2019 October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 2016
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 2019-2020 October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020 2017

Please click here for more information.

 

 

2018-2098 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply for 2018-2019 financial aid, you should complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA prior to February 1, 2018, to ensure priority handling of your application.

Click HERE to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

The 2018-2019 academic year includes:
  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2019
  • Summer 2019

If you plan to enroll in any of these terms, you must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, the priority FAFSA filing date is February 1st of each year for enrollment in the following fall semester.

 

2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply for 2019-2020 financial aid, you should complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA

Click HERE to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

The 2019-2020 academic year includes:
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Summer 2020

If you plan to enroll in any of these terms, you must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

 Note: If you are enrolling for Spring 2019 or Summer 2019, you will need to complete the 2018-2019  FAFSA prior to June 30, 2019.

 

Common Errors

The best way to complete the FAFSA is early, and online. October 1st is the soonest you can apply; remember that there are sometimes early deadlines for awards and that awards often consist of limited funding. Complete your taxes early because you’ll need that information, otherwise you can estimate the amounts from previous years and correct the amounts on the form later by going to the corrections page on the FAFSA website.

If you apply online, your application will be processed faster and will likely be more accurate because your application will be processed on the FAFSA website to catch errors. The online application also provides worksheets that will calculate amounts and enter them into the field for you. You can save and continue the FAFSA at any time online and then sign your application electronically using your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).

Making mistakes on your FAFSA could delay your application and possibly make you lose out on some financial aid. The most common errors people make are listed below. As you complete the FAFSA try to avoid these errors.

  • Leaving blank fields

    Enter a ‘0’ or ‘not applicable’ instead of leaving a blank. Too many blanks may cause miscalculations and an application rejection.

  • Using commas or decimal points in numeric fields

    Always round to the nearest dollar.

  • Listing incorrect Social Security Number or Driver’s license

    Check these entries and have someone else check them too. Triple check to be sure.

  • Entering the wrong federal income tax paid amount

    Obtain your federal income paid amount from your income tax return forms, not your W-2 form(s).

  • Listing Adjusted Gross Income as equal to total income

    These are not the same figure. In most cases, the AGI is larger than the total income. This mistake is particularly common.

  • Listing marital status incorrectly

    Only write yes if you’re currently married. They want to know what your marital status is on the day you sign the FAFSA, or Renewal FAFSA.

  • Listing parent marital status incorrectly

    The custodial parent’s marital status is needed; if they’ve remarried, you’ll need the stepparent’s information too.

  • Leaving the question about drug-related offenses blank

    If you’re unsure about something, find out before you submit your FAFSA instead of leaving it blank. A conviction doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from getting aid.

  • Forgetting to list the college

    Obtain the Federal School Code for the college you plan on attending and list it, along with any other schools to which you’ve applied.

  • Forgetting to sign and date

    If you’re filling out the paper FAFSA, be sure to sign it. If you’re filing electronically, be sure to use your FSA ID which gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

  • Entering the wrong address

    Your permanent address is not your campus or summer address.

  • Sending in a copy of your income tax returns

    You will be contacted if your information needs verification; you don’t need to send a copy of your tax returns in with your application.


Additional Tips

Much of the financial information you need to provide is on your tax forms. Completing your taxes early can make the application process easier because you’ll have the financial information you need in one place. You can estimate your financial information using previous tax years and correct the amounts on the form later by going to the corrections page on the FAFSA website. If you are not required to file taxes you still have to fill out a FAFSA to get financial aid.


Materials that will help you complete the FAFSA

  • Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
  • Your driver’s license (if any)
  • Your W-2 Forms for the previous year and other records of money earned
  • Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) most recent Federal Income Tax Return – IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040Telefile, foreign tax return, or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia
  • Your parent’s Federal Income Tax Return for the previous year (if you are a dependent student as defined by federal criteria)
  • Your untaxed income records for the previous year – Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Filling out the Pre-Application Worksheet will help you collect and proofread the information for your application before you submit it. There are resources available if you decide you need assistance filling out the FAFSA, check the FAQ section on the FAFSA website, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED AID (1-800-433-3243).

Helpful Hints

School Code
  • Title IV School Code: 001572

Priority Filing Date
  • February 1st of each year

Helpful Hints Publication
  • Print and share our Helpful Hints Publication, as it includes items easily overlooked when applying for financial aid.

Click to Download

 

Last updated: 1/4/2019

Financial Aid • PO Box 8065 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-5413 • finaid@georgiasouthern.edu