Graduate Students


Graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal direct loans through the financial aid office, and we assist with certifying private education loan applications. All other funds for graduate students are awarded through their academic department.

Important Information for Graduate Students

Before you apply for financial aid, here are some important things you need to know:

  • In determining the dollar amount of eligibility, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will automatically use the lower cost paid by students receiving Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)/Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) through their departments. If you will not receive an assistantship, you should contact our office or Financial Aid Advisor upon receipt of your award notice.

  • Each term, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours required for their degree program to receive education loan disbursements.

Financial Aid Application Steps

To be considered for any Federal aid (such as Direct Loans or Federal Work Study) you must complete both of the following applications each year by the posted deadlines.

  1. Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GTAPP)
    Be sure to indicate on your GTAPP that you want to be considered for loans. If you have difficulty logging onto the GT application, click here.
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    We strongly encourage you to use IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. Georgia Tech's Title IV school code is 001569.

The priority filing deadline for fall is January 31, and the final deadline for fall and spring is July 1.

Please note: the deadline for the 2024-25 FAFSA only has been extended to February 15, 2024.

Submit the GTAPP

Submit the FAFSA

To apply for private education loans, students must submit their application directly to the participating loan lender. Our office can provide the financial information required to complete self-certification form.

Learn more about how to choose a lender and complete the application process.

Private Loan Steps

Next Steps

Once you have received your financial aid offer, it’s time to accept or decline your award. Click below to learn how to finalize your financial aid offer.

Finalize Your Aid Offer

Next Steps