Entering Freshmen

Georgia State wants to help you accomplish everything you possibly can. One of the ways we do this is by offering a variety of scholarships to entering freshman who have excelled, both academically and in extracurricular activities, during their high school career. Last year, we awarded nearly $3.3 million in merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen.

Some scholarships are granted automatically along with acceptance; others are open to apply for after you’ve been accepted.

Centennial Merit Scholarships (no application required)

If you apply for admission by March 1, you will be considered for a Centennial Merit scholarship based on your application to Georgia State University and will be notified via your acceptance letter. No application is required and awards are made depending on the availability of funds. If you are offered an award, you must digitally sign the paperwork online, which is available through the Georgia State application status check page, to have it applied to you student account balance.

Students admitted to the university after March 1 or who do not digitally sign the online paperwork cannot be guaranteed funding.

Here is a quick overview of Centennial Merit awards:

Scholarship Amount
Second Century $3000 Renewable
1913 Founders $2000 Renewable
GSU Excellence $1000 Renewable
GSU Achievement $1000 One Time
GSU Foundation $500 One Time


Scholarships Requiring Application

Students must first apply and be accepted to Georgia State University from our Admissions office in order to apply for these scholarships.

Make sure to note both Admissions deadlines and Scholarship deadlines and plan to have all your materials submitted for admission consideration 4-6 weeks prior to scholarship deadlines.

Apply early by November 16 and after you receive your acceptance letter, you can apply for the following scholarships:

Scholarship Details Eligibility Deadline
Presidential Up to $22,000/year for 4 years for in-state students,
up to $31,000/year for 4 years for out-of-state students
Premier academic merit award Jan. 21
Goizueta Leadership Pipeline $10,000/year for 4 years Hispanic/Latino students March 17
Achieve Atlanta Up to $5,000/year, renewable for up to 4 years Atlanta Public School system students May 31
Berner $10,000/year for 4 years (50% is award, 50% is loan) Students from rural Georgia Feb. 13

State Scholarships

Georgia has two scholarship programs for Georgia state residents.

Campus Atlanta Scholarship for Out-of-State Students

For incoming students only, whose residence is considered out-of-state for tuition purposes (including international students), Georgia State University may offer merit-based waivers of all or part of the out-of-state portion of tuition based on academic performance in high school for incoming freshmen, or based on college GPA for incoming transfer students with less than 90 credit hours. This scholarship allows students to pay in-state tuition rates instead of out of state tuition rates and it is not a tuition-free scholarship. No application is required, priority is given to students who have applied by March 1 and awards are made depending on the availability of funds. If you receive this award, then it is renewable based on maintaining full-time enrollment status at Georgia State University and at least a 3.0 Georgia State institutional GPA. Learn more about the Campus Atlanta Scholarship. Campus Atlanta Scholarships will not show on students’ accounts until approximately two weeks before the fee payment deadline and only after registration for a minimum of 12 credit hours has been verified.

For more scholarships, use our scholarship search or visit the Scholarship Resource Center in Sparks Hall.