Types of Financial Aid
There are various types of financial aid available to you as a student. You may be eligible for some or all of the financial aid programs listed below.
Student loan programs provide long-term, low-interest loans for students. Students must enroll in at least six credit hours each semester in order to qualify for student loans. All loans must be repaid. There are several types of loans available, including federal loans such as Stafford Loans and Parent PLUS Loans.
Grants, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid. Students who demonstrate appropriate financial need may be eligible for federal grants, such as the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Georgia residents are eligible for the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant.
The Federal Work-Study Program provides students with part-time employment to assist with educational and living expenses. Eligibility for this program is dependent upon financial need and available funds. Students can work on campus, and consideration will be given to the student's course schedule. Students must complete a FAFSA to be eligible. Scholarships Private scholarships are also available from thousands of organizations and foundations, both corporate and nonprofit. Many are awarded based on a student's ethnic or religious background. A customizable online scholarship search like FastWeb
is the best way to find these types of scholarships. Georgia residents with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. The 3.0 GPA must be maintained throughout college in order to keep the scholarship.
Additional Information and Links
The following list of links is intended to help students not only learn about financial aid and prepare responsibly for managing their finances, but also to help students find potential outside sources of funding, through scholarships and grant programs.
for Specific Ethnic and Other Groups
Indian College Fund
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
If you have any questions about the financial aid programs listed
above, please contact our office at 404-460-2482 or 855-37-POINT
(outside metro Atlanta), or by email.