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Financial Aid

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) helps students access higher education by providing financial aid options, programs, and resources to make college more affordable.

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Financial Aid Night

October 23, 2023

The Georgia Student Finance Commission presentation on federal and state financial aid for colleges and universities.

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11th & 12th Grade Checklists

Provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, each checklist gives step-by-step instructions to ensure juniors and seniors are on track and financially ready for college

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Paying for College

Provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, this brochure reviews:
- Financial aid
- Basic eligibility requirements
- How financial aid is calculated
- Federal financial aid programs
- Georgia financial aid programs


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form students complete to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. The FAFSA is also used for students applying for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship. The 2024-25 FAFSA is currently being revised by the federal government and will be available in December 2023.

Click here for more information.

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CSS Profile

The CSS Profile, short for "College Scholarship Service Profile," is an online application used by many colleges and universities to determine a student's eligibility for non-federal financial aid, such as institutional scholarships, grants, and need-based aid. College Board administers the CSS Profile.

Many private and selective institutions require the CSS Profile to assess a student's eligibility for their own financial aid programs. These institutions often have their own specific financial aid criteria and deadlines, which can differ from those of the FAFSA. Students and their families must complete the CSS Profile online (typically available in the fall for the following school year) and submit it along with any required documentation and fees. It's recommended to check the specific deadlines for each college since they can vary.

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FAFSA vs. CSS Profile

What's the difference between the FAFSA and CSS Profile? Watch the short video above and read the articles below.

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