How To Apply For Financial Aid

2014-2015 FAFSA Tutorial 1st Time User- Start Here





Create a FAFSA pin at  , next 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 IRS Data Retrieval Tool
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).


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



How financial need is determined:

Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution minus Outside Scholarships and Other Resources = Unmet Financial Need

The cost of attendance is determined each year by the College and includes not only tuition and fees, but also your room and board, books and supplies, and cost of living — in other words, the cost of being a student. This number is an estimate for planning purposes, which will differ from your actual East Georgia State College bill and will vary with each student. It is important to note, however, that the total amount of financial aid a student receives cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

The Expected 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:  


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.