Georgia Access Scholarship

Description:

The Georgia Access Scholarship is funded by the Gateway to Georgia Scholarship Fund initiative administered by the University of Georgia Foundation.

The Georgia Access Scholarship Fund began in the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) in the 2010-11 academic year in an effort to provide scholarship assistance to the neediest undergraduate students desiring to attend the University of Georgia.  This is a need-based scholarship that provides critical funding for students who lack the financial resources to pay for educational costs at the University not covered by the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship, Federal Pell Grant and/or other student aid.

Process:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process by May 1 of each year.

Amounts:

Award amounts vary from year to year based on available funding.

Eligibility:

Student(s) must:

  • be a Georgia Resident, and
  • be an incoming first-year (freshman), and
  • be pursuing their first undergraduate bachelor's degree, and
  • be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, and
  • be a dependent student whose parental Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as reported on the FAFSA does not exceed $40,000, or an independent student (and spouse, if married) whose AGI does not exceed $40,000, and
  • the dependent student's parent(s) or the independent student (and spouse, if married) either qualified to file an IRS Form 1040A or IRS Form 1040EZ Income Tax Return or be exempt from filing a tax return per IRS regulations, and
  • enroll full-time (12 semester hours or more), and
  • maintain a minimum 2.0 Overall Grade Point Average (GPA), and
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

The Georgia Access Scholarship may be renewed up to eight semesters (excluding summer).

If awarded the scholarship, continuing eligibility depends on fund availability, the FAFSA process being completed by May 1 of each year, and the student continuing to meet all the above eligibility criteria.