Second Degrees, Double Majors and Dual Degrees
Students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree are ineligible for the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships. Students are also considered to have earned a Bachelor’s degree if they have completed all of the requirements for the degree, even if they have not yet received the diploma.
Students may be eligible for Federal Direct Loans for a second Bachelor’s degree, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements, and as long as that second degree is a different degree. For example, if a student earns a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from UGA and then decides to pursue a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, the student may be eligible for student loan funding. However if a student has earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English from UGA and then decided to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art History, the student would not be eligible for additional funding because the student is pursuing the same degree already earned.
Students do not receive additional financial aid eligibility when pursuing more than one major. Additionally, once students meet the degree requirements to complete one of the majors, they are considered to have earned a degree, even if they are still completing the requirements for their other major.
For example, a student is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with majors in Marketing and Real Estate. At the end of spring semester the student meets the requirements to complete the Marketing degree, but will not finish the Real Estate major until after the end of summer semester. This student is not eligible for any federal or state of Georgia financial aid summer semester, including the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, because the student has already earned a first Bachelor’s degree.
Dual Degrees – Double Dawgs
Students participating in the Double Dawgs program should refer to the information at OSFA's Double Dawgs Program page.