The Financial Aid Process

Change in Financial Aid Leadership: A recent review of the Office of Financial Aid was conducted by a team from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. In assessing our financial aid functions, resources and performance, the team recommended we adopt a new model to more efficiently coordinate financial-aid processes and to significantly improve customer service to our students.

To achieve these critical outcomes, the university has determined that new leadership is required for the Office of Financial Aid. We have initiated a national search for a professional who will hold a new position, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services, that will oversee and coordinate the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Accounts and the Student Financial Management Center. Three senior directors in the Office of Financial Aid are no longer with the university. Tony Carter and Aristea Williams of Financial Aid Services have been brought in to serve in an interim capacity to assist in the running of the Office of Financial Aid. Together, Mr. Carter and Ms. Williams have more than 40 years of experience in the financial aid profession and have served as directors of financial aid at such institutions as the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the University of Maryland University College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

These changes in leadership are not due to any financial impropriety. They are prompted by Georgia State University’s commitment to provide the highest quality financial aid service and support to our students.

Georgia State University views its financial aid program as an investment in students and their futures. The Financial Aid Office is committed to helping you and your family determine the best way to pay for your education. We are here to help find the best solution for you, your situation and your needs.

We hope the financial aid options described in this web site help you decide how to best pay for your Georgia State education. As you develop your family’s individual paying-for-college strategy, contact us for assistance.

Financial Aid and Fee Payment for Summer 2017 Semester

If your 2016-2017 financial aid application file is not completed by April 15, 2017, you may not be awarded in time for the fee deadline of May 10, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Plan to pay your tuition and fees on your own. You will receive any financial aid that you are eligible for at a later date as reimbursement.

Summer 2017 Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid will begin posting Summer 2017 financial aid awards to students’ account on June 14, 2017. If you have been approved to receive financial aid, check your PAWS account to view your financial aid award. Make sure your anticipated financial aid award covers all tuition and fee charges. Graduate students must be enrolled in 4.5 hours, and Law and Undergraduate students must be enrolled in 6 hours at the time of disbursement in order to receive a student loan.

The Office of Student Accounts will begin processing summer semester refunds on June 15, 2017. If your financial aid award is greater than the total cost of your tuition and fees, you will be refunded the excess amount. For those students who have set up direct deposit, please check with your bank for the availability of your funds no earlier than June 21, 2017. If you have not set up direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the mailing address you have entered in PAWS under Personal Information. To avoid delays in receiving your refund, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit. To sign up for direct deposit, simply log on to PAWS, go to the Student Accounts Menu and select ‘Enroll\Change Direct Deposit’.

Bookstore Financial Aid Advance Amount

As a service to eligible financial aid recipients, Georgia State University offers students the opportunity to use financial aid funds as an advancement to purchase books and supplies from the Georgia State University Bookstore only. (Note: the advancement is deducted from the financial aid award along with tuition and fee charges).

To access the bookstore advancement, a student is issued an account in the Georgia State University Campus Book Store. The bookstore advancement is an early refund of financial aid funds (e.g. the Pell grant or a Stafford loan). YOUR BOOKSTORE ADVANCEMENT IS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR GRANTS AND LOANS. IT IS NOT A SEPARATE OR ADDITIONAL TYPE OF FINANCIAL AID.

Your financial aid bookstore advancement will be available for purchasing books and supplies beginning May 1, 2017 through June 9, 2017 inside the bookstore as well as via the University Bookstore website. You can make purchases with your financial aid advancement at If you choose not to make purchases at the bookstore, the amount will be available as part of your refund.