How to Apply

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal application that will allow GC's Financial Aid Office to review you for any federal grants, loans, work-study programs, and even state scholarships such as the HOPE/Zell Miller. Students whose applications and files are complete by the March 1st priority deadline will receive full consideration for federal and state aid programs with limited funding.  If you are only interested in the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, you can complete the GSFAPPS at www.GAfutures.org.

New Application Begin Date Effective 2017-2018 Academic Year is October 1st.
For additional information, please refer to 2017-2018 FAFSA Changes FAQ.

The FAFSA must be completed after October 1st of each year and can be accessed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you are unable to access the application online, you may request a paper copy of the application by calling the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243. In many cases, parental tax information is required in addition to student data, so it is important to have one or both of your parents available while completing this application. Utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval  feature of the FAFSA makes completing the tax sections of the FAFSA easier and faster for both the parents and students.  Effective March 2017:  The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for the FAFSA is unavailable for an indefinite period.  Tax Information must be manually entered until further notice.  Click here for Press Release from IRS and Federal Student Aid.

 

When completing the FAFSA, be sure to list Georgia College in the school section of the application using our Federal School Code of 001602. This will allow us to receive an electronic copy of the application. Students and parents will electronically sign the FAFSA using a unique FSA ID that is issued to them through the Department of Education.  To request an ID or access your ID, please visit the FSA ID website.  Both the student and parent will have to request their own unique ID to be used each year to complete the FAFSA.  

 

The most important factor in applying for financial aid is to apply early, so while we encourage students and potential students to complete their FAFSA as early as possible, please be advised that all students have to be accepted for admissions to our University before our office can review your financial aid application and make any offers to you.  Once we have received your FAFSA, we will notify you if additional information is needed. Once you have been admitted and your financial application is complete with our office, you will be reviewed for financial aid and notified of all eligible awards and offers.

The GSFAPPS is the alternative application for students to apply for the HOPE and/or Zell Miller scholarships only.  It is completed via Georgia Student Finance Commission's website at www.GAfutures.org. You must create an account on this website to be able to access the application.  If you cannot access the application online or would prefer a paper application,  you can obtain a copy below. Please be advised the paper application must be mailed directly to Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Paper GSFAPPS (pdf)

This application is only valid for the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships and is not used for any consideration of federal aid programs.  If you are interested in any federal aid programs then you must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Completing the GSFAPPS in addition to the FASFA, allows our office the ability to award and review students for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships in a more timely manner. 

The GSFAPPS is valid for seven (7) years, so unlike the FAFSA, it does not have to be renewed every year.  If you complete a GSFAPPS for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship, the Georgia College Office of Financial Aid will use this application from year to year to evaluate your eligibility for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship programs.  A student may complete both the GSFAPPS and the FAFSA to be considered for all financial aid.

Deadline

The deadline to be reviewed for Georgia’s HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships is the last day of class for the semester the student is seeking payment from these funds.  Students who think they may be eligible for either HOPE or Zell Miller MUST email the Financial Aid Office PRIOR to the last day of the semester they are seeking potential payment from either of these scholarship programs.  Please be aware that the GC Financial Aid office makes every effort to identify possible candidates based on academic history but it is the student’s responsibility if they have not been awarded these funds to initiate a review of their eligibility prior to the end of the semester they are seeking payment.  This policy is necessary due to imposed state-mandated deadlines for universities to finalize reconciliation of all payments.

The Georgia College Office of Financial Aid will contact newly admitted students via U.S. mail if verification documents are needed to complete the financial aid file.  Returning students will be sent an e-mail of needed documents, but we encourage you to follow the steps described below to check the status of your FAFSA application:

Check Status of Financial Aid

1.  Go to http://unify.gcsu.edu.
2.  Enter Unify/PAWS login.
3.  Select PAWS icon.
4.  Select” Financial Aid” tab.
5.  Select “Check Financial Aid Status.”
6.  Select the appropriate aid year.
7.  Review the status of your financial aid.

Students will receive an e-mail notification detailing how to check their Financial Aid awards once their complete file has been reviewed for aid.

View Your Awards

To view your online award letter, please follow the steps described below:

1.  Go to http://unify.gcsu.edu.
2.  Enter Unify/PAWS login.
3.  Select PAWS icon.
3.  Select "Financial Aid" tab.       
4.  Enter the Bobcat DEN (Detailed Eligibility Notification).

 
View or Pay Your Bill Online

To view your bill, or pay your bill online, please follow the steps described below.

1.  Go to http://unify.gcsu.edu.
2.  Enter Unify/PAWS login.
3.  Select PAWS icon.
4.  Select Student Account Center.
5.  Select Make a Payment.
6.  Select Pay option.
7.  Select Payment Method.

 Students may check the status of the FAFSA online at FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid or by using the Department of Education's automated system (touch tone phone required) at 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) and selecting option #1. Students who do not wish to use the automated system or who have a rotary phone should call 319-337-5665.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.