Financial Aid for Transfer Students

Complete your FAFSA

The first step for an entering transfer student is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the most widely used process and ensures consideration for all programs administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid. You can access the FAFSA at You can also learn more about federal student aid programs or view our FAFSA tips for help with the process.

April 1, 2018 is the 2018-2019 Financial Aid Priority Application Date for Fall 2018

To ensure that your financial aid will be awarded in time to help cover your tuition and fees for the Fall 2018 semester, complete your file before April 1, 2018. Financial aid files completed by the priority date will be awarded financial aid, if eligible, no later than June 30, 2018.

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. 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.

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 Immediate receipt.
  • 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

HOPE/ZELL Miller Scholarship

For Georgia residents applying for the HOPE/ZELL Miller Scholarship: Students must submit either the GSFAPP through (list Georgia State as the school of choice) and/or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

In addition to the GSFAPP and/or the FAFSA, Georgia residents must complete a Hope Scholarship Institutional Application (HSIA) to be reviewed for Hope/Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility.

  • For fall 2017, spring 2018 and/or summer 2018, complete the 2017-2018 HSIA.

Final transcripts from all of your previous schools must be received by the Admissions department before your eligibility can be determined. HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship counts all attempted hours from all institutions. For detailed information on the regulations, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission web site at

Financial Aid Checklist

—Familiarize yourself with the financial aid process at Georgia State University. Do not assume that you know. The process may be different from your prior school.

—Update your FAFSA. Use Georgia State’s school code 001574. Make sure you are entering your information into the correct school year.

—Aid at a Prior School. Check with your prior school’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to make sure that you do not have any pending Pell Grant or Student Loan disbursements.   It is important to have the pending disbursements canceled. Pending disbursements can affect your aid eligibility here at Georgia State.

—Check your lifetime limits for the Pell Grant Program and Direct Loan Program. There is a limit to how much you can receive. You may review your limits at Undergraduate loan limit ($31,000 for dependent students and $57,500 for independent students). Pell Grant limit is 600% usage.

—Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Check with Georgia State’s Office of Financial Aid to make sure you are in good standing with Satisfactory Academic Progress SAP for continued aid eligibility.

—Check PAWS. PAWS provides enrollment information. Determine if you have outstanding requirements to complete before being awarded aid.

—For Assistance Contact the Student Financial Management Center
In Person: 227 Sparks Hall   Call: 404-413-2600
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The receipt of financial aid is a privilege that creates both rights and obligations. The United States Department of Education requires every postsecondary institution receiving federal funds (Title IV) to have an academic progress policy that is used to determine eligibility for and continued receipt of federal funds. Title IV federal funds affected by this policy include the Federal Programs: Pell Grant, SEOG, College Work-Study, Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Direct Student Loans, and Teach Grant. Georgia State University also uses this standard to renew need-based aid. Merit aid has different standards. Georgia State University has designed an academic progress policy that meets the requirements of both federal and state agencies.

Progress is measured by two standards, the qualitative standard (GPA) and the quantitative standard (66.66% pace of completion and maximum time frame).

Transfer Students pay close attention to the Maximum Time Frame

There is a maximum time frame allowed to complete each academic program. A student is eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum number of overall attempted hours. A Student is ineligible at the evaluation point where it is indicated he/she will exceed max timeframe. Not at the point when he/she actually will reach the max timeframe. The student is not meeting SAP due to exceeding the max timeframe because he/she has more hours to earn than what is allowed to graduate within the maximum timeframe.

For detailed SAP information, visit Policies.

Financial Aid and Fee Payment for Fall 2017 Semester

If your 2017-2018 financial aid application file is not completed by July 14, 2017, you may not be awarded in time for the fee deadline of August 8, 2017 at 5:00 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.

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). Available July 30, 2017 through August 30, 2017.

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. If you choose not to make purchases at the bookstore, the amount will be available as part of your refund.


The Office of Student Accounts will begin processing summer semester refunds on August 31, 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 September 7, 2017.