Applying for Aid

Reminder – Complete your FAFSA

April 1, 2016 is the 2016-2017 Financial Aid Priority Application Date for Fall 2016

To ensure that your financial aid will be awarded in time to help cover your tuition and fees for the Fall 2016 semester, complete your file before April 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Financial aid files completed by the priority date will be awarded financial aid, if eligible, no later than June 30, 2016.

The 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, Federal Work-Study and for most federal and state programs.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) on your FAFSA

Students and parents who have filed their 2015 tax returns with the IRS are asked to use the IRS DRT when completing their 2016-2017 FAFSA online. This is a quick an easy way to transfer information from your federal tax turns directly into your FAFSA. You may be able to use the tool if you filed your taxes electronically at least two weeks or if you filed on paper at least eight weeks before completing your FAFSA.

If you file your FAFSA before your federal tax return information is available, you can go back to your FAFSA and select the IRS Data Retrieval to update your tax information. Just notify our office once the change is confirmed.

Students who are selected for verification but cannot use the IRS DRT will need to submit a copy of your tax return transcript from the IRS. You may request a tax return transcript by:

  • Phone request from Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946. Takes 5 – 10 days.
  • IRS2Go Mobile App . Takes 5 – 10 days.

Georgia State’s Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001574.

Start your financial planning now to ensure that you have a successful Fall 2016 start.

Summer Financial Aid

To be evaluated for aid for summer term 2016 you must complete the Georgia State University Summer Application, available mid-February.

For priority consideration, our office must receive your application by March 25, 2016.  If we receive your application after that date, you may need to pay for summer school on your own. However, we will continue to review applications after that date.

Note:  Please make sure you have completed a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to submitting your 2016 Summer Application.

Students already awarded aid for summer do not need to complete the Summer Application.

Summer Application Instructions:

  1. Please log into PAWS at or visit and click on PAWS under the Students tab.
  2. Then select the Finances tab.
  3. Go to the Financial Aid Information menu (section on the bottom right).
  4. Click the Access My Financial Aid Information link.
  5. Click the Summer Application link.
  6. Select 2015-2016.
  7. Complete the application and then submit.