Director's Letter

 

Dear Student:

Welcome to the University of Georgia website for the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Our information is designed to assist both new and returning students in learning about available resources to fund their attendance at our institution.

OSFA annually administers in excess of $500 million in student financial aid for UGA students.

The most important thing you can do is to complete the electronic FAFSA application process as early as possible and preferably by our December 15 priority consideration date. We encourage you to review the financial aid Application Process on this Web site. Your completing the FAFSA process enables us to determine your eligibility for federal and state need-based student financial aid programs. While the first responsibility for paying for college expenses belongs to students and their families, there are a number of financial aid programs available to assist with those costs.

If you are eligible for the HOPE or the Zell Miller Scholarship and wish to apply, please refer to the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Programs on this Web site for specific instructions.

In order to provide you more timely responses regarding your financial aid application, we use your University assigned e-mail address to inform you when new information is available for your review on the "Financial Aid" section of Athena. Until you establish your UGA Mail account, we will use the private e-mail address you provided on your admission application. It is important to regularly check your e-mail for messages from us and other University departments.

OSFA Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to answer your questions. If you are on campus, you may visit us in the Holmes/Hunter Academic Building beside the Arch on North Campus, or telephone (706) 542-6147. Visitors with disabilities who are unable to visit our main office on the second floor may stop by the Office of Student Financial Aid Disability Access Office in Room 115A on the first floor of the Holmes/Hunter Academic Building. If you are enrolled at UGA Gwinnett, Tifton, Griffin or Buckhead, please call us at (706) 542-6147.

Our staff looks forward to providing assistance as you plan for this very important part of your educational experience. Please feel free to contact us by phone or in person as indicated above or by email at osfa@uga.edu.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Joerschke, Director

Student Financial Aid