New FAFSA Requirement for State Financial Aid Affects the Hope Scholarship

The following is a copy of an email sent by the Georgia Student Finance Commission:


Beginning summer term 2013, a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be required in order to receive any state financial aid.* The 2012-13 or 2013-14 FAFSA may be used for summer term 2013. Please check with the financial aid office for any college-specific application policies and deadlines. Please note that effective June 8, 2013, GSFAPPS will no longer be available as an application for any state financial aid.

A 2013-14 FAFSA will be required for fall term 2013 and will be applicable through summer term 2014. A current year FAFSA is required for each year that you seek state financial aid. To complete the FAFSA, please click here


If you have questions about the new requirement or if you are unsure whether you are receiving any state financial aid, please contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission at (770)724-9000 or (800)505-GSFC (4732) or your school’s financial aid office. They will be able to assist you with any FASFA processing questions.




Georgia Student Finance Commission


*State Financial Aid Programs

Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship

Georgia’s Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia’s HOPE Grant**

Georgia’s HOPE GED Grant

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant

HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship

Georgia’s Public Safety Memorial Grant

North Georgia College and State University ROTC Grant and ROTC Grant for Future Officers

Scholarship for Engineering Education Program

Georgia Military College State Service Scholarship Loan Program

North Georgia College and State University Military Scholarship Loan

Georgia Student Access Loan (SAL)

**Completion of a FAFSA is not required for a dual-enrolled or joint-enrolled student (through Georgia’s Accel or HOPE Grant programs). However, if such student is 18 years of age prior to the beginning of the term for which funding is sought or will turn 18 during the term for which funding is sought, he or she must complete a notarized affidavit and provide acceptable documentation to the Georgia Student Finance Commission to prove lawful presence in the United States.

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