Scholarships and Student Financial Aid
Director of Student Financial Aid: Bonnie Joerschke
Location: 220 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, Athens GA 30602
Students interested in scholarship opportunities at UGA should visit our Web site at osfa.uga.edu/announcements.html for links to free Internet scholarship searches and for the current scholarship announcements. We recommend students never pay anyone to find them scholarships. Scholarship search companies which charge a fee generally provide only information that can be obtained free with only a few hours of research. For information regarding scholarship scams, see www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/scholarship/index.shtml
OSFA's mission is to help students finance their college education. More than 29,000 UGA students are currently receiving student financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work totaling over $385,000,000.
The Application Process
Student financial aid information for the current and upcoming year is available at the OSFA website for review and/or printing. The OSFA Web site includes a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and information regarding the application process. This information can be located at osfa.uga.edu/application.html#fafsa.
Students applying for federal aid (including Federal Direct Loans) must complete the FAFSA each academic year. Students who complete the aid application process will be considered for federal and state aid, including the Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, and Federal Grad PLUS Loan.
The priority consideration date for completing the application for each year is March 1. Students are encouraged to check the status of their financial aid on OASIS to make sure OSFA has received all required documents.
All UGA students are required to obtain a UGA email address. See this link for guidance on how to obtain one osfa.uga.edu/myfa-email.html. We will use your UGA email address as the mechanism to electronically notify you of the availability of your Financial Aid Award on OASIS. It is critical that you regularly check your UGA email account and delete old e-mails to prevent your e-mail account from filling to capacity; otherwise your electronic Award notification may be rejected. Students who regularly use an e-mail address that is not UGA e-mail should have their UGA e-mail forwarded to the address they do use. If we find that you do not have an e-mail address, we will inform you of the communication problem by mail at your permanent home address on file with the Registrar's Office.
In awarding student financial aid, applicants will not encounter discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, or disability.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to be eligible for student financial aid (including federal student loans), a student must make satisfactory progress towards earning a degree. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Graduate Student Financial Aid recipients is available at osfa.uga.edu/sap.html.
Please visit our Web site at osfa.uga.edu for more information as all UGA student financial aid policies and procedures are on the OSFA website.