How To Apply For Financial Aid

2015-2016 FAFSA Tutorial 1st Time User- Start Here

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online; include East Georgia’s school code (010997) so that our office receives your information. Once logged into your FAFSA be sure to use the

 If you are renewing your FAFSA, follow the step-by-step instructional video below:


You should complete a new FAFSA  every year as soon as your Federal taxes have been processed by the IRS.  Please review "Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid" provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).


Should you not be able to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via the FAFSA, you may request an IRS Tax Transcript On-line on the IRS Website.


How financial need is determined:
Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution minus Outside Scholarships and Other Resources = Unmet Financial Need


The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by the Department of Education using your FAFSA tax information. This is based on both your income and assets as well as your parents’, unless you are considered independent.

To be considered independent:

For financial aid purposes, you must meet one of the following requirements: 

  • Born before January 1, 1991 for the 1516 aid year
  • Born before January 1, 1992 for the 1617 aid year
  • Married status, by the day you complete the FAFSA
  • Have legal dependents, considered by the U.S. Department of Education as children you support financially more than 50% of the time
  • Enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • An orphan or ward of court
  • Have a legal guardian that is other than a birth parent
  • Active or veteran status with the U.S Armed Forces



When EFC is more than the cost of attendance:

If your EFC is more than the cost of attendance then you don’t qualify for need-based aid. However, there are other financial aid programs available regardless of your financial need such as the unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan and the Federal Parent PLUS loan.

Finding out what aid you have been awarded:

Once all of the required information is received, your financial aid award will be sent to your EGSC CatMail account. It's so very important to check your email daily. Please keep in mind that it may take between 2-4 weeks for aid to be processed, and you will still be responsible for satisfying your bill by the deadline regardless of any pending aid.