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
You can edit some personal information by logging into your PAWS account. If this is not possible, contact the One Stop Shop to edit financial information or the Office of Admissions to edit GPA, residency, and school information.
Georgia State offers scholarships based on financial need and academic merit. We offer university-wide awards that currently enrolled students may apply for and departmental scholarships that are major-related. All students may apply for scholarships for the next academic year beginning December 12th, 2014
. The deadline is February 13th, 2015
If you are an incoming student, you will receive information regarding recruiting scholarships in your acceptance letter if you are eligible.
You must email the contact listed for major or college specific awards for additional information.
As long as the scholarship does not specify that the student be a citizen or a resident alien, any international student may apply. International students who are incoming freshman or incoming transfer students with a valid F1, F2, or H4 Visa are eligible to apply for the Campus Atlanta Scholarship, which reduces tuition from out-of-state to in-state rates. Students are still required to pay in-state tuition. Please check the Campus Atlanta Scholarship description for current minimum academic requirements. Currently enrolled international students are not eligible for the Campus Atlanta Scholarship, but may be eligible for a need-based scholarship if they are in the last semester before graduating and meet stringent guidelines demonstrating financial need. Contact International Student & Scholar Services
if you have questions about your visa status or eligibility for aid.
Incoming freshman and transfer students classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes are eligible to apply for the Campus Atlanta Scholarship, which reduces tuition from out-of-state to in-state rates. Students are still required to pay in-state tuition. Please check the Campus Atlanta Scholarship description for current minimum academic requirements. Students 62 and older may be eligible for a tuition waiver. Please visit details about our GSU-62 Program
for additional details and requirements.
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.
As long as the scholarship does not specify this as a stipulation, students may apply. The exception for this rule is the HOPE scholarship, which does not pay for a second degree.
Yes. Each scholarship has its own separate application and essay prompt. Students must respond to each prompt with a separate essay. Make sure to fill out each application separately and upload your personal statement/essay with that application.
The personal essay is usually the most important part of a scholarship application. Judges frequently give the most weight to the essay because it is your chance to let them know why you deserve money more than the other qualified applicants. It is the window into who you are, your passions, and your potential for being a good match. Instead of listing credentials, focus on how you have grown from your experiences and how you have provided unique contributions. Tell readers why they should invest in your future.
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.
Yes. You must acquire an institutional GPA by attending at least one semester at Georgia State.
The deadline for university-wide scholarships is February 13, 2015. Departmental scholarships vary.
Scholarships vary, but preference is often given based on financial need determined from your FAFSA application. If you receive federal aid, you likely qualify for other scholarships.
Finalists for university scholarships are reviewed by a committee and will be notified via e-mail in mid-May. Please check your student email first before contacting the scholarship office about the status of your scholarship application. If selected, your notification email will include instructions on completing the necessary paper work to receive the award. Awards from the Spring cycle are posted to the following academic year. (For example, if you apply in Spring 2015 and are awarded, your scholarship will be applied to your Fall 2015 account.) Please check your student email first before contacting Georgia State about the status of your scholarship application.
You will notice that in most cases, the number of scholarships awarded and the award amounts for scholarships are not listed. University-wide awards are one-time, and may either be paid in one semester or split between fall and spring semester of the year awarded. Other awards, such as the Presidential, Berner, Rice, Goizueta, and Netzel are four year awards. Please see individual scholarship descriptions for additional details.
Enrollment Services Center
Sparks Hall, Rooms 227/228
Office of Student Financial Aid
P.O. Box 4040
Atlanta, GA 30302-4040
If the application requirements do not specify, a good rule of thumb is to ask a former instructor, an advisor, and a work supervisor to write letters of recommendation for you.The instructor should be a teacher or professor whose class you performed well in and did impressive work for. Developing a healthy correspondence with instructors of the courses that interest you is encouraged. Provide them with the necessary information three weeks in advance of the day you hope to gather your materials for mailing. Do not ask friends or relatives to write letters of recommendation for you.