Financial Aid FAQ
To apply for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship, submit either the GSFAPP through GAfutures.org (list Georgia State as the school of choice) and/or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
To apply for other scholarships, please visit sfs.gsu.edu/scholarships-grants/. The Scholarship Resource Center is located in 251 Sparks Hall, in the Student Advisement Center. You may email an Office of Undergraduate Studies scholarship specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
- Once you have completed the FAFSA, additional verification documents may be required. The requirements and most of the specific documents are available in PAWS.
- If you are a transfer student or are regaining HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility and want to be considered for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship, you must submit a HOPE Scholarship Institutional Application (HSIA). This form is available at the One Stop Shop (227 Sparks Hall, 292 Kell Hall).
- Please monitor your PAWS account periodically. Contact the Financial Management Center if you have questions concerning requested documentation.
Once your file has been completed, you can check the status of your financial aid award offer under the Financial Aid menu by selecting Award Information and then Award by Term.
Fall — April 1
Spring — October 1
Summer — March 1
Please note that these deadlines are to have a complete file at Georgia State, not simply to submit the FAFSA. To meet these deadlines it is best to submit the FAFSA six to eight (6 – 8) weeks ahead of the deadline and then monitor your financial aid status in PAWS closely. Please visit the Financial Aid site for more details.
Please allow up to four (4) weeks for a loan application (such as a student Loan Change Form or a parent PLUS Loan Signature Page) to be processed.
Please allow four to six (4 – 6) weeks processing for a HOPE application (once we have received all required documents) to be reviewed.
After accepting the Work-Study award offer in PAWS, an information packet will be emailed to your Georgia State email address. Please note that work-study differs from other financial aid in that it does not post as a payment to your student account. You must work to receive a biweekly paycheck.
Upon being hired for a position, your supervisor will complete a Personnel Action Form (PAF) [available in Word or PDF] and send it to the Office of Student Financial Aid, which will verify your award status and then send the PAF to Human Resources for processing.
As you complete your FAFSA online, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your tax filing status. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you will enter your PIN and click Link to IRS. Your FAFSA information will be saved and you’ll be linked to the IRS website. On the IRS website simply enter the required information to validate your identity. Your tax return information will be displayed and you will be given the option to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA. Once the transfer has been completed you will be taken back to FAFSA on the Web to finalize your FAFSA.
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Have already filed a tax return.
- Filed a joint return if married.
- Have an unchanged marital status since December 31.
- Did not amend your tax return.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is designed to provide quick and efficient completion of your FAFSA. You will be able to import tax return data directly into your FAFSA with just a few clicks of your mouse. In most cases, applicants who use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will not have to supply the Financial Aid office with Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS thereby decreasing the amount of time necessary to process your financial aid award.
Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need
- The cost of education (tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, miscellaneous/personal expenses) may increase.
- Your family's income may change.
- Your student loan eligibility may increase as you continue through school.
- The number of children in college may change.
- The amount of available funding changes.
- You may forget to reapply for financial aid and miss the priority deadline date.
- Will you be 24 years of age or older by December 31 of the award year?
- Are you married as of the date you fill out the FAFSA?
- Will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (MA, MBA, DVM, PhD, EdD, etc) during the award year?
- Are you currently serving on active duty in the US Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
- Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?
- Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you during the award year?
- Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through the award year?
- At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
- Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
- Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?