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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
There have been significant changes to the HOPE Scholarship. For more details, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: 11/10/2020