Incoming First-Year

Statement: Applicants for Federal Student Aid programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App) annually. The CSS Profile is currently only required for incoming first-year applicants who are also seeking need-based assistance from Georgia Tech funds. Undergraduates who are Georgia residents and seeking only the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship programs are annually required to complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App), but are not required to complete the FAFSA or the CSS Profile, and may instead choose to submit the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) form to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) in lieu of completing the FAFSA. 

What do prospective first-year students need to know and consider when applying for Financial Aid at Georgia Tech?

Prospective first-year students apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) by completing these applications:

  1. 2019-2020 Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App)
  2. 2019-2020 FAFSA (Georgia Tech's Title IV school code is 001569)
  3. 2019-2020 CSS PROFILE - This application is needed for students who want to be considered for institutional funds (scholarships, grants, loans) with need as a criterion. (Georgia Tech's CSS code is 5248) - It is NOT required for students applying for Federal funds only or HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship only.

The priority filing date to be considered for need-based aid awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT OSFA) for the 2019-2020 academic year is JANUARY 31, 2019.

To be considered an “on-time” financial aid applicant, all three aid applications listed above, as well as any requested documentation, must be received and complete by January 31, 2019.  GT OSFA will continue to accept late applications and documentation after the priority date, however, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit their completed applications and documentation as soon as possible so we can determine eligibility for other types of aid.

PLEASE NOTEFor students only wanting to receive their HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship, and no other financial aid, only completion of the 2019-2020 Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) are required.

More detailed information about the application process and next steps can be found at Application Steps.

Optimal Timeline During Senior Year of High School
Optimal Timeline During Senior Year of High School
TIME ACTION
July - September Start researching outside/private scholarships.
October

Begin completing financial aid applications. All applications will be available on October 1st.

1. The 2019-2020 FAFSA (*requires the use of income tax information from two years prior; please use 2017 tax information)
2. The 2019-2020 Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App)
3. The 2019-2020 CSS PROFILE

October 15 Last day to submit Admission Application for Early Action to be considered for the Stamps President's Scholars Program and Provost Scholarship (merit scholarships).
January The Alumni Association reaches out to prospective students who may qualify for 'Network Scholarships'.
January 1 The last day to apply for Regular Decision first-year admission for the upcoming summer/fall term.
January 31 Priority deadline for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to receive FAFSA, GT App and CSS PROFILE. Any supporting documentation requested by our office must also be submitted by this date. This deadline applies to prospective incoming first-year applicants who want to be considered for institutional funds (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans) with financial need as a criterion. **CSS Profile will no longer be accepted after this date.**
February - March Continue to research and apply for outside scholarships.
Mid-April Our office will begin notifying admitted first-year students of their Award Notices. Students will receive email messages to view these Notices via BuzzPort.
May 1 Admission and Housing deposits deadline.
July 1

Final deadline for receipt of GT App, FAFSA and any other missing requirements needed for Federal and/or State aid in order to receive an award notice in time for Fall 2019 fee payment deadline.** 

**Please note for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester: Financial aid applications that are incomplete after July 1, 2019, including any missing requirements, will continue to be accepted. However, it is highly unlikely that your eligibility for any financial aid will be processed in time for the Fall 2019 semester fee payment deadline. We encourage you to plan accordingly. Students should be prepared to make payment by the Fall 2019 payment deadline of August 26th. If eligible and enrolled in appropriate course work, your financial aid application will be processed and aid delivered to you during the semester.

Institutional Funds

Essentially all institutional funds (grants and scholarships) offered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid are awarded to students with financial need in addition to demonstrated academic merit and, in some cases, additional criteria. All three aid applications listed above must be received in our office by the January 31, 2019 priority date in order to be consider for these institutional funds.

Additional funding sources and strategies for meeting costs

Outside scholarships and/or participating in co-op work experiences help many students offset the cost of attendance. For non-Georgia resident students, participating in a study abroad program may help lower costs for 1-2 terms.

Cost and ROI

In addition to considering cost, it's important to look at the potential return on investment of a given education.

Loans

Each student and family should carefully evaluate loan options and determine what makes sense for them. A prudent level of borrowing may make an otherwise unattainable education possible and may be regarded as an investment by many families. 

Page last reviewed/updated 10/04/18