Applying for Aid

Five Easy Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Whether you’re new to Georgia State or a returning student, you can complete your financial journey by following the below 5 steps.  Select each link for more information to on the federal financial aid process.

Before filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it's important to know what it is and how it can help you. The FAFSA can be your best friend! Fill it out to see what grants, Federal-Work Study and federal loans you are eligible for. The earlier you submit a complete, accurate FAFSA, the greater your chance of maximizing the amount of financial aid you may receive. Watch the video below to learn more about the different types of federal student aid.


Begin the application at fafsa.gov.

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

Students and parents who have filed their 2016 tax returns with the IRS are asked to use the IRS DRT when completing their 2018-2019 FAFSA online. This is a quick an easy way to transfer information from your federal tax turns directly into 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.

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:

  • Get Transcript Online Tool at www.irs.gov. Immediate receipt.
  • Phone request from Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946. Takes 5 – 10 days.
  • IRS2Go Mobile App irs.gov. Takes 5 – 10 days.

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

Once Georgia State University has received your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) please allow your FAFSA 4-6 weeks to be fully processed. Student Financial Services will be monitoring your financial aid status throughout the process as changes are made. Continue to check your inbox for any additional requirements that may be necessary to verify your financial aid. Click below to review more information about being selected for verification.

You will receive an email when your award is ready for you to review. You will be instructed to log in to your paws.gsu.edu account to learn more about your financial aid award and to accept your offer.

Steps to View Your Award
1. Log into paws.gsu.edu
2. Click the Finances tab
3. Go to the Financial Aid information menu (bottom right)
4. Click the Access My Financial Aid Information link
5. Select Award Information and then Award by Term

Watch this short video for more information about your Award Letter.

After you accept your financial aid package, if you are a first-time borrower, you will need to complete your Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN). You can do this all through studentloans.gov. To learn more about these two important steps see the videos below.

Next, determine if your financial aid award will cover all of your charges (including tuition, fees and more). Learn more about How To Pay and Georgia State's Payment Plan option. You must use another approved payment method to pay any amount not covered by your financial aid award by the deadlines.