How to View or Accept/Decline Official Awards on Athena

There are three methods by which you can access Athena to determine if your Official Award is available to view and if you need to take action to accept/decline a portion or all of your Official Award:

Method I.    Using the Award notification e-mail the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) sends to your UGAMail Account, or
Method II.   You can log directly in to Athena, or
Method III.  You can log in to the MyUGA Portal to then access Athena

The steps for each of these three methods are:

Method I.    Using the notification e-mail OSFA sends to your UGAMail Account.
A student will receive one of two types of notification e-mails from OSFA when his or her Official Award has been created or revised.

A.  The e-mail sent to a student who has been awarded only pre-accepted gift aid informs the student he/she does not have to take any action on the Award other than to login to Athena and view the Award.  As a matter of policy, when we add any grants or scholarships (gift aid) to your Award, we pre-accept the scholarships and/or grants for you.  A student receiving this e-mail can view his/her Award by:

1. Clicking on the link provided in the e-mail.
2. Signing in to Athena using his/her UGA MyID and password, and
3. Clicking on Award Overview.

B.  The e-mail sent to a student who has been awarded some non-gift aid that requires the student to take action on his/her Award.  This e-mail     requires the student to accept or decline the non-gift aid.  Examples of aid requiring student action are Federal Direct Loans (FDLs), Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Work-Study (FWS).  A student receiving this email can view his/her Award by:

1. Clicking on the link provided in the e-mail.
2. Entering his/her UGA MyID and Password, then clicking Log in.
3. Click on the Terms and Conditions tab.
4. After reading the provided information, click the Accept button at the bottom of the page.
5. Click on Accept Award Offer.  Clicking the Accept Award Offer tab does not mean you are accepting the offered aid at that time, but provides you access to the Award Decision screen.
6. Carefully read the instructions at the top of the Award Decision screen to learn how to take the desired action on your Award.
7. Complete any Unsatisfied Disbursement Requirements reflected at the bottom of the screen (below the Award Decision box).  All unsatisfied disbursement requirements must be completed before the type of aid to which the unsatisfied disbursement requirement(s) apply can be disbursed to your account.

Method II.    Or, you can log directly in to Athena to access your Official Award by going directly to Athena, and:

1. Click on Login to Athena.
2. Enter your UGA MyID and Password, then click Log in.
3. Click on the Financial Aid tab.
4. Click on Award.
5. Click on Award for Aid Year.
6. If more than one Award Year is available, select the appropriate Award Year from the Select Aid Year from the drop-down menu and click the Submit button.
7. Click on the Terms and Conditions tab.
8. When you have read the information provided under Terms and Conditions click on the Accept button.
9. Click on the Accept Award Offer tab.  Clicking on the Accept Award Offer tab does not mean you are accepting the aid at that time, but provides you access to the Award Decision screen.
10. Carefully read the instructions at the top of the Award Decision screen to learn how to take the desired action on your Award.
11. Complete any Unsatisfied Disbursement Requirements reflected at the bottom of the screen (below the Award Decision box).  All unsatisfied disbursement requirements must be completed before the type of aid to which the unsatisfied disbursement requirement(s) apply can be disbursed to your account.

Method III.    Or, you can access your Award in Athena via the MyUGA Portal, and:

1. Enter your UGA MyID and Password, then click Log in.
2. Under the Athena Financial Aid heading, click on the appropriate Award Year’s View My Financial Aid Award.
3. Click on the Terms and Conditions tab.
4.  When you have read the information provided under Terms and Conditions click on the Accept button.
5. Click on the Accept Award Offer tab.  Clicking on the Accept Award Offer tab does not mean you are accepting the aid at that time, but provides you access to the Award Decision screen.
6. Carefully read the instructions at the top of the Award Decision screen to learn how to take the desired action on your Award.
7. Complete any Unsatisfied Disbursement Requirements reflected at the bottom of the screen (below the Award Decision box).  All unsatisfied disbursement requirements must be completed before the type of aid to which the unsatisfied disbursement requirement(s) apply can be disbursed to your account.