Scholarships and Financial Aid
HOPE Program:Georgia's HOPE Program is comprised of the Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Grant for technical schools. Visit GAFutures for more information regarding eligibility, requirements, projected award amounts for colleges and universities in Georgia, and to check your current HOPE GPA.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on Oct. 1, 2022 for the 2023-2024 school year. The sooner your FAFSA is completed, the sooner you receive your SAR (Student Aid Report). The SAR will include any type of grant, scholarship, or loan that you are eligible for. You will not be awarded the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship until your transcript has been finalized and sent to the Georgia Student Finance Commission after graduation.Why Complete the FAFSA?Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.Step by Step guide to completing the FAFSA provided to you from Nitro College. Nitro College is not a higher education institution, but rather a "one-stop shop" for all of your financial aid planning. Feel free to explore the site to read more about Pell Grants, FAFSA, work study, student loans and more.Financial Aid Presentations:Helpful Links:
Scholarships.com - Free College Scholarship Search Scholarships.com - free scholarship searches, financial aid resources, education loans www.cappex.com Scholarships and college search www.careercruising.com Financial Aid & Scholarship search engine. Log in information on Career & College Counseling page www.chegg.com/schools Chegg - College search and scholarships www.gafutures.org Georgia Student Finance Commission - HOPE scholarship program, loans and grants www.getschooled.com Graduation and college resources, scholarship search engine. https://www.standoutcollegeprep.com/georgia-scholarships/ Georgia Scholarship Listings from StandOut College Prep Scholarship Search Engine Get matched with college scholarships instantly and apply online with a common app for students and tools for counselors and providers. www.fastaid.com Fast Aid - free scholarship search www.fastweb.com Fast Web - scholarship and college searches; financial aid tools www.finaid.org Finaid! - scholarships, loans, savings, and military aids www.fafsa.ed.gov Free Application for Federal Student Aid - online application/ financial aid www.ed.gov/studentaid Federal Student Aid - funding your education, loans, and FAFSA online www.upromise.com upromise - get college savings when you buy groceries and more www.wiredscholar.com Wired Scholar (SallieMae) - financing college www.educaid.com Educaid (Wells Fargo) - student loan information www.CollegeCovered.com/Assist Discover - FAFSA Assist Tool, financial aid process, timelines, scholarship help www.nasfaa.org National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - financial aid www.scholarshipcoach.com Scholarship coach - scholarship search helf financial aid & college scholarships www.estudentloan.com E Student Loan - student loan information and applications http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-minorities/ Financial Aid and Scholarships for minority students. http://collegefund.org/ American Indian College Fund http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/ Scholarship search engineFinancial Aid Terms to Know:
Georgia Student Finance Commission - Go to the Georgia Student Finance Commission website for comprehensive information on Georgia Financial Aid Programs.
Grants: Money available for college that does not have to be repaid. Awards may be based on financial need, past academic performance, service to the community or special areas of study. Example: HOPE Grant
GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission): helps students achieve their educational goals by administering financial aid programs and advocating for Georgia students on issues related to financing higher education. GSFC administers the HOPE program as well as other state-and lottery-funded scholarships, grants and service cancelable loans.
HOPE Career Grant: formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), is available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma and eligible for, and receiving, HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant funding. The grant provides assistance toward educational costs for eligible students enrolled in an approved designated program of study.
HOPE Grant: available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma. A HOPE Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. The grant provides tuition assistance to students enrolled at a HOPE Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.
HOPE Scholarship: is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. A Hope Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0 core GPA and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative postsecondary GPA to remain eligible. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia. A seven-year limit exists for students first receiving the HOPE Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year (FY12) or later.
Military Programs: Money available for college that does not have to be repaid if certain conditions are met such as military service. Example: Georgia Military College State Service Scholarship
Scholarships: Money for college that does not have to be repaid. Awards may be based on past academic performance, special areas of study, academic excellence or other criteria. Example: Zell Miller Scholarship
Service-Cancelable Loans: Student loans that will not have to be repaid if certain conditions are met, such as working in a particular field or military service. Example: Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities (MSEE)
Student Loans: Unlike a grant, a loan must be repaid. Loans should be used primarily to meet a gap in your educational cost (tuition, room and board, textbooks). Usually, students begin paying back their loans at the end of a grace period that begins once they have completed their education. Example: Student Access Loan (SAL)
Tuition Reimbursement: Many employers will offer tuition assistance or reimbursement if you choose to work for them during college, or make a committment to work at a company after college. Some employers include McDonalds, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-a.
Zell Miller Grant: merit-based program available to Georgia residents pursuing a certificate or diploma. A Zell Miller Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. Eligible students are provided full-standard tuition assistance while enrolled at a Zell Miller Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.Zell Miller Scholarship: merit-based award available to Georgia residents, similar to the HOPE Scholarship, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance. A Zell Miller Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 core GPA combined with a minimum SAT score of 1,200 on the math and reading portions or a minimum composite ACT score of 26 in single national test administration and maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative postsecondary GPA to remain eligible. Eligible students are provided full-tuition assistance while pursuing an undergraduate degree to attend a Zell Miller Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia. A seven-year limit exists for students first receiving the Zell Miller Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year (FY12) or later.To have your SAT scores sent to Georgia Student Finance Commission for scholarship evaluation, a request may be submitted to College Board, or call 866-630-9305. Select Georgia Student Finance's score recipient code of '0472' so that the report will be sent directly to the GSFC office. The request for an ACT score report may be submitted to ACT or call 319-337-1270. The ACT report should be mailed to the student's home address and the unopened report should be sent to GSFC via mail.