Georgia Student Finance Commission

How Do I Apply?

Financial Aid Basics

How Do I Apply?

All financial aid has to be applied for if you want to receive any money. The type of financial aid will determine the application you will need to complete. It is important to look at the financial aid program you are applying for and make sure you are completing the appropriate application. 

  • For the greatest amount of financial aid from federal, state and college sources, you would need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The best news is that it is FREE to complete and provides access to the largest source of financial aid available.
  • The GSFAPPS is Georgia's alternative application for students looking to apply for state grants and scholarships administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Unlike the FAFSA, once completed it is valid for seven years.
  • Some schools will require that you complete the CSS/Profile before you can be awarded any financial aid. It is important that you check with your school to ensure you are completing the correct applications. 
  • High school students wanting to earn college credit while still in high school can participate in Dual Enrollment. The program provides funding for students at eligible high schools that are enrolled to take approved college-level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Students should speak with their high school counselor and complete the Dual Enrollment funding application.
  • Don’t forget to check with the college you will be attending to see if they have a separate scholarship application. Also, search for independent scholarships. There are lots of smaller sources of financial aid that can help offset costs.



Learn more about applying for student financial aid at College Money Matters.