Financial Aid Planning Tips
Being accepted into the college of your dreams is one thing. Paying for it is another.
Here are some things you should plan to do each year to help maximize your financial aid opportunities. For more detailed information about what to do each year, view the College Planning Timeline.
- The FAFSA application for the 2020-2021 school year is available October 1. You can have your information transmitted up to 10 schools when applying online. Any additional schools would need to replace one already listed, so choose wisely.
- Make sure your parents have completed their income tax forms in anticipation of the financial aid applications. If you have to file taxes this year, do it as soon as possible. You'll need to do this for any financial aid forms.
- Keep an eye out for financial aid workshops and seminars, for both you and your parents.
- Check your selective service status for financial aid purposes.
- Investigate your options for participating in Dual Enrollment. This allows students to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements.
- Speak with your counselor about AP and honors courses, planning towards completion of the Academic Rigor Requirements needed for eligibility for both the HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship.
- Here is a list of all the programs administered by GSFC:
- Research scholarships and start applying.
- Never pay for anyone to help you search for scholarships or any financial aid services.
Saving for College
- Check out Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan and add to your savings regularly.
- Net Price Calculators can provide an estimate of what it may cost to attend a college in Georgia.
- How are you spending your summer? Volunteering and educational programs can help give you a better idea of what kind of training or career would be right for you.
- If you have room in your schedule, consider a part-time job or volunteer position during the school year.
- Consider looking for a summer job or internship. Many employers offer scholarships to their employees and their dependents.
- If you go on interviews or visits, don't forget to send thank-you notes or emails.