Statement: Applicants for Federal Student Aid programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App) annually. The CSS Profile is currently only required for incoming freshmen who are also seeking need-based assistance from Georgia Tech funds. Undergraduates who are Georgia residents and seeking only the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship programs are annually required to complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App), but are not required to complete the FAFSA or the CSS Profile, and may instead choose to submit the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) form to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) in lieu of completing the FAFSA.
What do prospective freshmen need to know and consider when applying for Financial Aid at Georgia Tech?
Prospective freshmen apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial aid by completing these applications:
- Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid
- FAFSA (Georgia Tech's Title IV school code is 001569)
- CSS PROFILE This requirement applies to students applying by January 31 for institutional funds (scholarships, grants, loans) with need as a criterion. (Georgia Tech's CSS code is 5248) - Not required for students applying for Federal funds only or HOPE/Zell Miller only.
The priority filing date to be considered for need-based aid awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT OSFA) for the 2018-2019 academic year is JANUARY 31, 2018.
To be considered an “on-time” applicant, all three financial aid applications, as well as any requested documentation, must be received and complete by January 31st. GT OSFA will continue to accept late applications and documentation after the priority date, however, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit their completed applications and documentation as soon as possible so we can determine eligibility for other types of aid.
PLEASE NOTE: For students only wanting to receive their HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship and no other financial aid, only completion of the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) are required.
More detailed information about the application process and next steps can be found at Application Steps.
Optimal Timeline During Senior Year of High School
|July - September||Start researching outside/private scholarships.|
Begin completing financial aid applications. All applications will be available on October 1st.
1. The 2018-2019 FAFSA (*now requires the use of income from an earlier tax year; please use 2016 tax information)
|October 15||Last day to submit Admission Application for Early Action to be considered for the Stamps President's Scholars Program and Provost Scholarship (merit scholarships).|
|January||The Alumni Association reaches out to prospective students who may qualify for 'Network Scholarships'.|
|January 1||The last day to apply for Regular Decision freshman admission for the following summer/fall term.|
|January 31||Priority deadline for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to receive FAFSA, GT App and CSS PROFILE. Any supporting documentation requested by our office must also be submitted by this date. This deadline applies to prospective incoming freshman applicants to be considered for institutional funds (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans) with financial need as a criterion.|
|February - March||Continue to research and apply for outside scholarships.|
|Mid-April||Our office will begin notifying freshman of their Award Notices. Students will receive email messages to view these Notices via Buzzport.|
|May 1||Admission and Housing deposits deadline.|
|July 31||Final Deadline for receipt of GT App and FAFSA for Federal and State aid to receive an award notice in time for fall fee payment deadline. Note: students may continue to apply for aid on a reimbursement basis after this date. Contact OSFA with questions about timing.|
Essentially all institutional funds (grants and scholarships) offered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid are awarded to students with financial need in addition to demonstrated academic merit and, in some cases, additional criteria.
Additional funding sources and strategies for meeting costs
Outside scholarships and/or participating in co-op work experiences help many students offset the cost of attendance. For non-Georgia resident students, participating in a study abroad program may help lower costs for 1-2 terms.
Cost and ROI
In addition to considering cost, it's important to look at the potential return on investment of a given education.
Each student and family should carefully evaluate loan options and determine what makes sense for them. A prudent level of borrowing may make an otherwise unattainable education possible and may be regarded as an investment by many families.
Page last reviewed/updated 1/30/18