What is financial aid?
What is the difference between a grant and a loan?
What are educational expenses?
Do I need to be accepted before I can apply for financial aid?
Where should I start?
* Students who are certain they are only interested in applying for Hope Grant or Scholarship may complete the GSFAPPS (Georgia HOPE Application).
What do I need to complete the FAFSA?
When will I hear about my financial aid award?
I am registered for several courses that are not required for my program of study. Will financial aid pay for these courses?
When will I receive a refund?
How can I check my status?
What is an EFC?
Can someone other than the student (such as a parent, spouse, sister, brother, friend, etc.) check on or obtain information regarding a student?
If I made a mistake on my FAFSA, can I fix it?
Do I have to renew my FAFSA for financial aid every year?
What’s the difference between a dependent and an independent student?
In order to be considered an independent student, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be at least 24 years of age before January 1 of the award year for which you are applying,
- Be an orphan or ward of the court,
- Have a child/children for whom you provide more than half their financial support,
- Be a married student,
- Be a veteran of the armed forces,
- Be a graduate student, or
- Have a legal dependent other than spouse or child.
If you do not meet one of the above criteria and you want to apply for federal aid, the U.S, Department of Education will require you to supply parental information and signatures.
- Parents refuse to help pay child’s education expenses.
Parents’ refusal to pay for educational expenses does not automatically make a student eligible for aid as an independent student. Financial choices regarding the payment of educational expenses are a family’s decision. The refusal of the parent to pay does not shift the responsibility of payment to the school or federal government. Parental income and asset information will still be required.
- Parents have not claimed child on their taxes.
Exemptions on tax returns do not determine whether a student has access to parental support. Parental income and asset information will still be required.
- Child lives on his/her own and pays all of his/her own bills.
Although a student may be self-sufficient, it does not relieve a parent of responsibility for providing support for educational expenses. Parental income and asset information will still be required.
My parents are divorced/separated and I am no longer living with either of them. Which parent’s tax information will I need to supply?
Do I report stepparent’s information on the FAFSA?
- the parent you received financial support from was a single parent who is now remarried, or
- the parent you received support from was divorced or widowed but has now remarried.
This does not mean your stepparent is obligated to give financial assistance to you, but his or her income and assets represent significant information about the family’s or household’s financial resources is required.