The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


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, which includes Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019
  • As of October 1st, 2018, students are able to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA to apply for the 2019-20 Award Year, which includes Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020

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.

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 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, (Available October 1, 2017) OR
      • Select “START 2019-2020 FAFSA” to apply for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020.
      • 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.