The FAFSA® will provide you with loans, grants, and other aid for college, and if you need additional funding for school, you’ll find many options at the state level. What follows are the grants, programs, and other sources of aid available in Georgia.
Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant
This public safety memorial grant is awarded to the dependents of public safety officers who were disabled or killed while serving. Full-time undergraduates may apply to receive up to $18,000 in aid to cover the entire cost of attendance.
Members of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reservists and their dependents are eligible for the HERO scholarship program. Recipients can receive between $2,000 and $8,000 depending on whether they’re full-time students, active members of these organizations, or dependents of an active duty member.
Georgia Military College State Service Scholarship
Members of the Corps of Cadets who participate in the ROTC while attending Georgia Military College can apply for one of 42 awards. These full scholarships cover all college expenses. Upon graduation, recipients must join the Army or Air National Guard.
The Dual Enrollment program provides aid for high school students who want to earn credits that apply toward both high school and college graduation.
Awards go toward tuition, fees, and books, with the program offering to cover up to 15 hours of tuition at a public institution or $250 per semester hour or $187 per quarter hour (a maximum of 15 and 12 hours, respectively) or standard tuition costs, if that amount is less, at a private school. The program also provides $50 per term, semester, or quarter for fees and $25 per semester (15 hours max) or $15 per quarter (12 hours max) for books.
Scholarship for Engineering Education Service Cancelable Loan
Recipients of this engineering education loan don’t have to pay back the award if they work in the state in an engineering-related field after they graduate. Students must also be enrolled full time in an approved program. The loan provides $3,500 for 10 terms, not to exceed $17,500.
Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities Service Cancelable Loan
This scholarship is also service cancelable and has the same basic criteria as the Scholarship for Engineering Education Service. However, this award goes only to students who are female, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian-American, African-American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Eligible individuals may receive $5,250 per academic year for nine terms, not to exceed $15,750.
Student Access Loan Program
This loan program awards a fixed-rate, 1-percent interest loan to students attending an eligible university, technical college, or private post-secondary institution in the state. Individuals attending a university or private school may receive a maximum of $4,000 per term ($8,000 per year) and no more than $36,000 for the total time in college. Students at technical colleges may receive up to $3,000 per year and no more than $12,000 for the entirety of college.
Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan
Students enrolled for a minimum of six hours per term can receive a service cancelable loan, which means they don’t have to pay back the amount if they agree to serve in the Georgia National Guard. For full-time students, the program awards $2,174 per semester or $1,450 per quarter. For part-time students, the program awards $1,087 per semester or $726 per quarter.
University of North Georgia (UNG) Military Scholarship Loan Program
Students attending UNG can receive a service-cancelable loan through this program to cover the full cost of education. Recipients must enroll in Georgia’s Army National Guard for four years while in school and for four additional years after graduating. U.S. citizens and Georgia residents who demonstrated academic excellence in high school may be eligible.
UNG ROTC Grant for Future Officers
This ROTC grant awards $2,000 for each semester to students who sign a contract and accept a commission as an officer. They must meet additional eligibility requirements as well, such as enrolling full time and being enlisted in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at UNG. Enrollees are ineligible if they already receive the ROTC Grant.
UNG ROTC Grant
This grant awards a maximum of $750 per semester, depending on availability. Students must be enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as full-time students at UNG. Enrollees are ineligible if they already receive the ROTC Grant for Future Officers.
Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) is a Georgia program including six types of state aid. Awards for the following scholarships and grants vary based on whether a student is enrolled at a technical college, private college, or university:
- HOPE Scholarship: This merit-based award goes to undergraduate students who graduated high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They must maintain that minimum throughout their enrollment to remain eligible.
- HOPE Grant: Students applying for a HOPE Grant must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in college to remain eligible for this award.
- Zell Miller Scholarship: Like the HOPE Scholarship, this scholarship is a merit-based award. However, students must graduate high school with a 3.7 or higher GPA and get a combined minimum SAT score of 1200 or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT. Recipients must maintain a 3.3 minimum GPA in college to remain eligible for the award.
- Zell Miller Grant: This award also has strict eligibility requirements, requiring that students hold a minimum 3.5 GPA. The grant provides full standard tuition assistance.
- HOPE GED Grant: Students who received a GED from the Technical College System of Georgia may apply for a one-time $500 award to help pay for college. Students can be enrolled full time or part time, but they must use the grant within 24 months of receiving a GED diploma.
- HOPE Career Grant: Individuals enrolled in eligible programs who receive the HOPE or Zell Mill Grant can apply for additional funding through the HOPE Career Grant. This grant provides $125 to $1,000 depending on the hours enrolled.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Program
Students attending eligible private colleges or universities in the state may receive the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant. Recipients must be enrolled full time. The grant awards $317 per quarter or $475 per semester.
Georgia Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Grant
The Georgia LEAP Grant is designed for Georgia students eligible for the Pell Grant who also demonstrate substantial financial need. The grant awards up to $2,000 for part- and full-time students.
The state of Georgia has its own deadline for state aid.
To find out the state aid deadline contact your school’s financial aid office.
Georgia Future Farmers of America (FFA) Grants
The state’s FFA organization provides scholarships for undergraduates in Georgia. For example, the Emmanuel College Diversified Agriculture Scholarship awards $4,000 to eligible students attending Emmanuel College who have declared Diversified Agriculture as their major. Another option is the Ford Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to eligible high school seniors who are members of FFA.
Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) Grants
The GNA offers four state aid options for nursing students in Georgia:
- GANA Scholarships: Georgia residents who are nursing majors may receive $1,000 per year from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. School and community involvement and academic achievement are considered when assigning these scholarships.
- Georgia Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Nursing Scholarship: Georgia residents who are descendants of veterans and enrolled in a nursing program may receive these scholarships.
- The Annie Lou Overton Scholarship: Georgia residents who are also students and members of a professional nursing organization may receive a minimum of $500 through this scholarship.
- The Katherine Pope Scholarship: Georgia residents who are also enrolled in an accredited nursing program and can demonstrate financial need may receive a minimum of $500 through this scholarship. Note that individuals who aren’t registered nurse applicants must have completed at least one year of study in order to be eligible.
You can apply to many of these programs simply by submitting the Georgia Student Finance Application. Don’t forget to turn in this form along with the FAFSA® to help secure the funding you need for college.