>The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application used to apply for federal or state-supported financial aid to pay for a college education. Completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) also serves as the application for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship. The FAFSA can be completed after October 1 of the students' senior year.* If you are not planning to complete the FAFSA, students can complete the GSFAPPS (Georgia Student Finance APP) on www.gafutures.org. Applications must be completed before the student graduates from high school.
*NOTE: For the 2023-2024 school year, the FAFSA will have a delayed opening due to changes in the form. The 2024-2025 FAFSA application will open by December 31st, 2023. This is the form that students graduating in May 2024 need to fill out in order to receive financial aid/HOPE/Zell Miller for the 2024 fall semester as a college first-year student.
Helpful blog posts for filling out the FAFSA: Everything you need to know about the FAFSA changes
>View and download resources from the office of Federal Student Aid HERE!
>College Money Method's Walk-Through of the 2024-2025 FAFSA:
>The Georgia Student Finance Commission is another helpful resource for state-supported financial aid.
>CSS Profile is a separate financial aid application that is used by nearly 400 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs that award non-federal aid.
>BigFuture website has a variety of options available to help you understand paying for college, financial aid basics, and scholarship searches.