The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Introduction

Each year, students and parents of undergraduate dependent students wishing to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study must complete the appropriate Award Year FAFSA:

  • Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA to apply for the 2018-19 Award Year!
  • Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA to apply for the 2017-18 Award Year!

The FAFSA can also be used to apply for the HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship, but remember the FAFSA must be completed each Award Year.

UGA’s Federal School Code is 001598.

Step 1:  Get Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID

Step 2:  Complete Your FAFSA

  • Prior to completing the actual FAFSA on the Web, we strongly encourage students and parents of undergraduate dependent students to review the U.S. Department of Education's StudentAid.gov website on filling out the FAFSA.
  • Once you are ready to begin the FAFSA.
    • Go to the FAFSA on the Web and click on “Start a New FAFSA”
    • Once you Login with your Federal Student Aid ID,
      • Select "START 2018-2019 FAFSA" to apply for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019.
      • Select “START 2017-2018 FAFSA” to apply for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018.
      • The UGA Federal school code is 001598.

Step 3:  After you have submitted your FAFSA to the Central Processing System (CPS), watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Step 4:  Provide the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) any of the following documentation they request from you.

Step 5:  Once all of your financial aid requirements are satisfied, and if you meet the Basic Student Eligibility Requirements OSFA will be able to award you the federal financial aid for which you are otherwise eligible.

See Your Award Status to access your Application Status on Athena, or your Awards on Athena.