The UGA Advantage: Double Dawgs Program

To give our students a competitive advantage after graduation while helping lower the overall cost of a college education, the University of Georgia is launching The UGA Advantage (also known as Double Dawgs), an ambitious program that will create structured pathways for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe.

Can I use my HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship while participating in Double Dawg Program?

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships allow a maximum of 127 attempted or paid hours, whichever is reached first, for students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and can be used to cover tuition for both undergraduate and graduate coursework. HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships will only pay tuition at the lower rate, whether it is the graduate or undergraduate rate. Please click here  to see the maximum amount the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships will pay. The student is responsible for the amount of tuition not covered by HOPE or the Zell Miller Scholarship.

Once a student meets the requirements for graduation from the undergraduate program, they are no longer eligible for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships.

Can I use my undergraduate federal student financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, toward the Double Dawgs Program?

Undergraduate level  federal student financial aid can typically be used for the first four years of the Double Dawgs Program, as long as the student’s primary degree program is still the undergraduate program and the graduate level hours taken by the student will transfer back to the undergraduate degree program. Once the student’s primary degree program is the graduate level degree they no longer qualify for undergraduate student financial aid. Please see this timeline for additional information.

Once a student meets the requirements for graduation from the undergraduate program, they are no longer eligible for federal funding at the undergraduate level.

How do I complete my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) while in the Double Dawgs Program?

While in the undergraduate portion of the Double Dawgs Program, students should indicate on the FAFSA they are in an undergraduate program on question #29 and provide their parents information if otherwise required.

Once a student is admitted to the graduate portion of the Double Dawgs Program, students should indicate on the FAFSA they are in a graduate program on question #29. Parental information will not be required.

It is important that the degree level information provided on the FAFSA matches the degree level information in Athena. If the information does not match, OSFA must require students to correct their FAFSA which will delay financial aid processing.

Do I need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)  to receive aid while in the Double Dawgs Program?

Yes. The Undergraduate SAP Policy applies while students are in the undergraduate portion of the program.

The Graduate SAP Policy applies while students are in the graduate portion of the program.

Where can I get additional information on the Double Dawgs Program?

Additional information on the Double Dawgs Program can be found here.