Tips & FAQ
Students are encouraged to follow these helpful tips and guidelines for developing a solid strategy to assist you in winning scholarships:
- Create a realistic timeline for locating and applying for scholarships.
- Manage your time wisely; recycle your applications and essays.
- Remember to be as unique as possible and separate yourself from the competition.
There is no single source that you can access to locate all scholarships for which you may be eligible. You will need to access a variety of sources such as scholarship books, database searches, searching online, and inquiring through academic departments. We recommend that you use a few different databases in addition to our database since none are comprehensive.
- Perform an extensive search of books, print listings, identified online databases and recommended websites to know what is offered.
- Get to know the full range of scholarships available and write down current and future deadlines so you do not miss out on anything!
- Keep in mind most deadlines occur at the beginning of the calendar year.
- Plan to start applying for scholarships at least 6-9 months before you need the money.
- If the scholarship has closed for the current year, make a note to apply prior to the deadline the following year.
Once you’re familiarized…
- Read the description of each award to make sure that you qualify.
- Read through the criteria listed carefully and make sure that you meet the criteria.
Keep in mind to…
- Gather all required documents of support (e.g. current FAFSA app, personal essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) as far in advance as possible to avoid missing deadlines.
- Create a spreadsheet which indicates the due date of each scholarship, the required supporting documents for each, and when you will receive these documents to submit your applications.
- Proofread, check spelling and make sure that you have provided everything that is required.
- Make copies of every application sent and provide current contact information.
Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions
If you are an incoming student, you will receive information regarding recruiting scholarships in your acceptance letter if you are eligible.
Transient students are only eligible for aid offered at their home institution.
Due to federal and state laws, undocumented students are not eligible for federal or state funding. Eligibility for privately-funded scholarships is dependent on the stipulations of the donor. Please be aware of the new Admissions standards adopted by the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.
Incoming freshman who are Latino are eligible for the Goizueta Scholarship. Please check the Goizueta Scholarship description for current minimum academic requirements. Latino students are also encouraged to contact the Latino Services and Outreach office for the contact information of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund student coordinator on campus and for information on additional funding sources.
Beginning Fall 2014, instead of writing one standard personal essay for all scholarships, applicants will be required to submit a separate essay for each scholarship based on the prospective prompts. Applicants must write an essay that accurately reflects the requirements stipulated in each prompts.
For more information attend a Writing a Winning Essay Workshop or other workshops.
Financial Management Center
Sparks Hall, Rooms 227/228
Office of Student Financial Aid
P.O. Box 4040
Atlanta, GA 30302-4040