Statement: To be considered for federal student financial aid ONLY, you are required to complete just the FAFSA and Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid.
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 forms:
- 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.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, all three forms must be completed successfully and received in the Financial Aid Office by the January 31 deadline for priority consideration for all prospective students.
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 2017-2018 FAFSA (*now requires the use of income from an earlier tax year; please use 2015 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 08/02/16