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Let’s Talk Financial Aid

Let’s Talk Financial Aid

Let’s Talk Financial Aid


Let’s Talk Financial Responsibility in College

Being financially aware and responsible are important practices for students during the attainment of a college degree.  East Georgia State College helps by ensuring that students understand financial aid requirements and long-term implications from loans. Completing the financial aid package is often a daunting part of attending college, and staff are available to help students through the process. 

Don't delay! Start the application as soon as possible and get all of your paperwork submitted by the priority deadline dates below.  There are several steps in the application process, and you have to complete them all. If you have questions, call us.  We are here to help you!

Do I have to apply for financial aid? 

All students who are interested in receiving grants and loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the "FAFSA" at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If this is your first time completing the FAFSA you will be required to electronically sign the application with a pin number. To obtain a pin number go to www.pin.ed.gov and request a pin. After you receive your pin number go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the FAFSA Application.

"When do I apply for financial aid?

The FAFSA should be completed each year after tax returns have been filed. Another important priority is beating the priority deadlines. A priority deadline is the date by which students need to have submitted their online FAFSA application and also have provided other required documents to the EGSC Financial Aid Office. This allows sufficient time to determine your award.

 Priority Application Deadlines for Financial Aid at EGSC:

  • fall semester, June 1
  • spring semester, October 1st.

Students who do not meet financial aid priority deadlines are still able to apply for financial aid, but there is no guarantee the application will be processed by the first day of classes. Students will be responsible for setting up a monthly payment plan or paying the tuition and fees in full, by the fee payment deadline. Once the financial aid award has been processed, students can be reimbursed for their fee payments.

"What Loans are available at EGSC?" 

A variety of loans are available depending on your unique needs.  If you are interested in applying for a loan through the Office of Financial Aid, you will need to complete the appropriate forms.

"How do I keep my financial aid?"

The student must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards.

There are two components to SAP. First, the student must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) which is a ‘C’ and secondly, the student must complete 67% of attempted courses. Example: If you register for 12 credit hours and you withdraw from 6 credit hours, you are not making SAP because you are only completing 50% and not the required 67%.

Here’s a summary checklist of the steps to receive financial aid.
• Apply by the Priority Deadline.
• Apply for a pin a www.pin.ed.gov
• Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
• Submit all documents requested by the EGSC Financial Aid Office.
• Complete the “Loan Offer Request” form to apply for a loan.
• Check your status using your “MYEGSC” account, see financial aid officer.
• Check your EGSC email daily.
• Meet SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) requirements.

For additional information, visit the East Georgia State College Financial Aid page or give the Student Affairs Office a call at (478) 289-2169.

Originally Posted: March 25, 2014 by Jerry Hooks
Last Edited: November 03, 2014 by Norma Kennedy