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Financial Aid 101 Georgia Student Finance Commission

Application Process and Types of Financial Aid:

Websites to use:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Make sure you are on the .gov site and not another website. There are fake websites out there that charge to fill out the FAFSA. Remember that the F at the beginning of FAFSA stands for FREE. The customer service at FAFSA is wonderful and are there to help EVERYONE through the process if you have questions. On this website is the FAFSA4Caster. This gives you the opportunity to estimate your financial aid numbers. Check with your college financial aid office or on their website for the deadlines they have set in receiving your FAFSA information.**


Federal Student Aid

Informative web site explaining everything you need to know about financial aid.


SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

Web addresses for each state's financial aid guidelines


GA Futures

This is where students get information about the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship. It is critical to stay updated on the HOPE Scholarship requirements and changes.


**When to complete your FAFSA

The Application is available beginning October 1st for the following school year in which you wish to apply for Financial Aid.    You fill out the FAFSA once each academic year that you will attend school.  The farther in advance you do it, the better!  Every college has their own FAFSA deadline.  Make sure you are not late getting it in.