The offices of Student Accounts and Student Financial Aid provide services to students to help them meet their financial obligations to Georgia State University so that they can progress academically. Visit our website at sfs.gsu.edu for details about services provided. It is the responsibility of the student to be informed of, and to observe, all regulations and procedures regarding tuition, fees, payments, refunds and financial aid. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that he or she was not informed of it by an advisor or other authority. Verbal misinformation is not grounds for a waiver of a regulation.
Tuition and fees charged by Georgia State University are set and approved by the Board of the Regents of the University System of Georgia. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. For information about resident status, see Section 1220. The Office of Student Accounts, 100 Sparks Hall, is responsible for assessing tuition and mandatory student fees. Current tuition and fee rates are available at sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/. The specific amount of a student’s tuition and mandatory fees for a semester depends on a number of things, the most important of which are:
- The number of courses taken
- The nature of the courses
- The number of credit hours assigned to the course
- The residency status of the student
Actual tuition and mandatory fee charges are determined when a student registers for classes each semester and can be viewed online via PAWS at paws.gsu.edu. Registration is not complete until all tuition and fees have been paid in full.
All requests for waivers of tuition and fees are due no later than two weeks before the end of regular registration. Requests made after that date will be considered for the subsequent semester.
Waivers of All Tuition
All tuition is waived for students who fall into one of the following categories:
- GSU-62 students who register during late registration. See section 1155.
- Employee tuition remission students who take no more than 8 hours and register during late registration.
Waivers of the Difference between Resident and Nonresident Tuition
The Board of Regents specifies that certain non-residents are granted waivers of the difference between resident and nonresident tuition. (See section 1220 for residency status rules.) These waivers are restricted to small classes of students. For more information, see www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/700.phtml.
In addition to the Board of Regents authorized waivers, non-resident students who are enrolled only in courses which meet more than 50 miles from Georgia State and are part of an official Georgia State off-campus study program pay in-state tuition plus $250.
To apply for a waiver of the difference between resident and nonresident tuition, go to sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-classification/.
Waivers of All Fees
All fees are waived for students who fall into one of the following categories:
- GSU-62 students (see section 1155)
- Employee tuition remission students who take no more than 8 hours and register during late registration
- Joint Enrolled/Early College/ACCEL students
- US Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans
- Move On When Ready students
Waivers of All but Technology Fee
Enrollment fees are reduced to only the technology fee for students who fall into the categories below.
- Students enrolled only in courses offered under a tuition agreement between Georgia State University and a corporation, organization, educational institution or other legal entity if the tuition agreement specifies that fees will be waived.
- Students enrolled only in courses which meet more than 50 miles from Georgia State University if taking those courses at that location is required by their program of study. Such courses may include: practicum, student teaching, internship, directed reading, independent study, thesis research, or dissertation research. If the program of study allows (but does not require) that the courses be taken more than 50 miles from campus, then the students will not be granted a fee waiver.
- Students enrolled only in courses that meet more than 50 miles from Georgia State University if those courses are part of an official Georgia State University off-campus study program. Such programs may include field study programs and study abroad programs.
- Students enrolled in a faculty-led study abroad program will have all fees waived, except for the Board of Regents Institution Fee and Technology Fee. For more information see the Study Abroad website: http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/.
All mandatory fees except the technology fee and USG Institution fee may be waived in certain cases, based on Board of Regents policy. For more information on Tuition & Fee Waivers, visit http://sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-fee-waivers/.
Georgia State University reserves the right at any time during the semester to drop or withdraw any student from classes for failure to pay tuition and fees. Students who cease to attend but do not formally drop their classes using PAWS at paws.gsu.edu will suffer financial and academic consequences. A student who attends a class without being formally registered or continues to attend a class after being dropped due to nonpayment will be held liable for the tuition and/or fees due plus any service fees assessed, applicable collection costs, court costs, and legal fees. A hold will be placed on the records of any student who has a financial obligation to the university. Until all financial obligations are met, a student is not permitted to register for further course work, receive grades for current course work, or access transcripts. If a student’s account is sent to a collection agency, the student is responsible for the amount owed to the university as well as any collection costs and legal fees.
All tuition and fees must be paid by the dates published each semester in the online Academic/Registration calendar at registrar.gsu.edu/registration/semester-calendars-exam-schedules/. Failure to meet payment deadlines will have financial and academic consequences.
Payment by Credit Card
Georgia State University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for payment of tuition and fees. Students choosing this option may register and pay fees by going to the Georgia State University PAWS student registration website at paws.gsu.edu. A service fee of 2.75% (or $3 minimum) is assessed by the payment processor for each credit card transaction. Credit card payments must be made on PAWS and are not accepted via telephone or in person at the cashier windows.
Payment by Check
Georgia State University offers the option of paying online from a bank checking or savings account. Students choosing this option may register and pay fees by going to the Georgia State University PAWS student registration website at paws.gsu.edu. No service fee is assessed when paying online via check. Checks must be payable in United States currency and drawn on a financial institution located in the United States of America. The university reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all checks.
Checks are also accepted at the cashier windows located at the downtown and perimeter campuses. Directions and other information about in-person payments is available on the Student Account website at sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/payments/. Students may also mail a check or money order to: Georgia State University, Cashier’s Office, P.O. Box 4029, Atlanta, GA 30302-4029. Checks must be made payable to Georgia State University and have an encoded checking account number on the face of the check. All checks not drawn in this manner will be returned. To ensure proper credit, the student’s Panther ID should be included on all checks. To avoid cancelation of classes, payment by check must be received, not post marked, by the fee payment deadline.
If a check given in payment of a student’s fees is not paid upon presentation to the banking institution, a hold is placed on the student’s records. All returned checks are assessed a returned check fee of $35.00. Georgia State University reserves the right to place a student on “cash only” status for issuing a check that is not honored upon presentation to the bank.
Payment in Cash
Cash payments may be made at the Cashier’s Office located at the downtown and perimeter campuses. Directions and other information about in-person payments is available on the Student Account website at sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/payments/. It is unadvisable to send cash payments through the mail or to place them in the cashier’s drop box.
Students who formally withdraw or who are formally withdrawn from all classes (see Section 1332.10) will be subject to the refund policy for tuition and other fees. This policy decreases the amount of refund available at regular intervals during the term. Students must withdraw from all classes to be eligible for a refund. After a time during the term, no refund will be available. Complete information about the refund policy throughout the term is available in each term’s online Registration Guide at http://registrar.gsu.edu/registration/registration-guide/.
Placing a stop payment on a check with the banking institution from which the check is drawn does not constitute a formal withdrawal from courses. Students must withdraw using the procedures outlined in the Registration Guide.
A student is not entitled to any refund of tuition or fees paid if the student leaves the university when disciplinary action is pending, suspended for disciplinary reasons, or does not formally withdraw from the class or classes in which he or she is enrolled, or if other restrictions apply. See the online Registration Guide.
Student Account refunds are paid by electronic transfer to the student’s bank account via direct deposit, electronic transfer to the student’s Money Network enabled PantherCard, or by check mailed to the student using the mailing address on file with Georgia State. The refund for a student who received financial aid will be audited to determine the amounts to be returned to financial aid programs, and the student will receive any remaining balance. Students who sign up for direct deposit or the PantherCard refund program receive their refunds faster and in a more secure manner than students whose refunds are mailed. Mailing addresses must be kept current by going to the Georgia State University PAWS student website at paws.gsu.edu to ensure proper mailing of refund checks.
Residents of Georgia pay lower tuition rates than those who are not residents of Georgia. Establishing residency for tuition purposes as defined by the Board of Regents is different than residency for purposes such as voting, obtaining a Georgia driver’s license/tag, etc., and requires more than establishing eligibility to vote, securing a driver’s license, and/or paying taxes. Georgia residency status is also distinct from the academic residency requirement for graduation. (See Section 1440.)
A person may be a Georgia resident for tuition purposes if, and only if, either one of the following two criteria are met.
A person may be a Georgia resident for tuition purposes if that person, that person’s parents, or (if the person is a minor) that person’s court-appointed guardian meets all of the following conditions:
- The person has always resided in Georgia or can demonstrate that they currently reside in Georgia and residency in any other state or country has been abandoned. Maintenance of ties with another state or country will contribute to a non-resident decision including: financial support from a person who is a resident of another state or country, payment of income taxes to another state, and payment of property taxes. Registering a vehicle or securing a driver’s license in that state or country may be considered.
- The person has lived in Georgia for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the start date for the term and their 12-month durational requirement has not included time attending any educational institution in Georgia.
- The person can demonstrate that they moved to Georgia for purposes other than attending any educational institution in the State of Georgia.
- The person can demonstrate economic self-sufficiency and has contributed to the state by paying meaningful taxes.
- The person is a U.S. citizen, Resident Alien or is in a visa status permitting indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
A person may be a Georgia resident for tuition purposes if that person meets all of the following conditions:
- The person is a U.S. citizen, Resident Alien or is in a visa status permitting indefinite permanent residence in the United States and
- The person can demonstrate that she or he previously held residency status in Georgia but moved from the state and returned within the last 12 months.
If a parent or legal guardian of a student is a Georgia resident and then changes his or her legal residence to another state, the student may retain his or her classification as a resident student as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at an institution in the University System of Georgia.
Please note that these regulations are subject to change by the Board of Regents. The most current regulations can be found on the Board of Regents’ website at www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/400.phtml.
Prospective students and accepted applicants who have questions regarding their residence status should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Students classified as out-of-state shall retain that status until officially reclassified as in-state. A student classified as out-of-state who can subsequently provide clear and convincing evidence that he/she meets the requirements for in-state classification can be reclassified as in-state. The burden to support the contention that he/she qualifies for in-state tuition classification under University System of Georgia policy and applicable laws always rests with the student. The petition form for Georgia tuition classification is located at http://sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-classification/petition-for-georgia-tuition-classification/.
Deadlines for Petitions
To ensure timely processing, petitions and all required documents must be submitted to the Registration and Compliance department within the Office of the Registrar, 225 Sparks Hall, no later than the deadlines listed below. Final determination of Georgia tuition classification prior to the deadline date for fee payment cannot be guaranteed for petitions received after the priority date. Petitions filed after the final deadline will be considered for the subsequent semester.
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If a petition is approved, classification will not be retroactive to prior semesters. A student wishing to appeal the decision resulting from his or her Petition for Georgia Tuition Classification may request a review of that decision by the University Committee on Residency and must submit such request in writing to the Office of the Registrar within 5 days of the decision.
Financial aid is any scholarship, grant, loan, or part-time employment offered for the purpose of helping a student meet their educational expenses. Aid is usually provided by federal, state, institutional or private agencies. In order to apply, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply online at www.FAFSA.gov.
Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need and/or academic achievement. Information concerning application for financial assistance is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. The FAFSA is available after October 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students are urged to apply early for optimum financial aid benefits at www.FAFSA.gov. April 1, 2018 is the priority date for submission of completed financial aid applications to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid cannot guarantee that applications made after July 1, 2018 will be processed before the beginning of the fall semester.
Some programs offering financial assistance to students are administered by offices or organizations other than the Office of Student Financial Aid. Contact information concerning a particular program or group of programs appears with each listing.
Audited, orientation, and certain certificate courses are not covered by financial aid. Students are not eligible to receive financial aid for a passed course attempted more than three times.
For more information on financial aid see sfs.gsu.edu/the-financial-aid-process/.
In order for a Georgia State University student to continue to receive financial aid from federal or state financial assistance programs, the student must exhibit Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in Georgia State University SAP Policy. Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined by federal regulations as an assessment of a student’s cumulative academic performance to determine if a student is academically progressing toward earning a degree. The assessment includes all accepted transfer and institutional attempted hours; this includes hours where financial aid may or may not have been awarded.
The assessment is measured using both a qualitative and quantitative standard. The qualitative standard requires that a student meet a certain cumulative GPA. The quantitative standard requires: 1) a pace of progression — a student must earn a certain percentage of courses attempted; and 2) maximum time-frame — a student may receive financial aid up to 150 percent of the published program of study required hours to earn a degree.
Satisfactory Academic Progress is assessed at certain points in time as defined in the institutional policy and if at the time of the assessment it is determined that the standards are not being met, the student may become ineligible for financial aid. Students that lose financial aid eligibility have the ability to appeal for reinstatement of financial aid. Appeals that are approved will have conditions that must be followed in order to continue to receive financial aid.
For information on Georgia State University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy a student may visit the Student Financial Management Center at any of the campus locations, and the policy is available at sfs.gsu.edu/sap.
A scholarship is financial assistance which does not have to be repaid and is awarded to students based on academic excellence, civic achievements, course of study, or other specific criteria developed by the sponsor. For further details about scholarships available at Georgia State University visit sfs.gsu.edu/scholarships-grants/src/. Additionally, students may visit the Scholarship Resource Center located at 251 Sparks Hall.
HOPE Scholarship/Zell Miller Scholarship
Students who are considered Georgia residents and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may be eligible for the HOPE /Zell Scholarship. The HOPE award covers a percentage of tuition to be determined annually. The Zell Miller Scholarship covers 100% of tuition. Fees and books are not covered by HOPE/ Zell Miller Scholarship. There is a seven year limit from high school graduation to be awarded. There is a maximum attempted hour limit of 127 total hours.
Beginning fall 2017, students enrolled in approved STEM courses at HOPE-eligible institutions will receive a boost to their postsecondary HOPE GPA calculation for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships. A weight of 0.5 will be added to grades of B, C or D. The approved courses are specific, rigorous and typically offered during the first two years of college. The “STEM Weighted Course List” will be reviewed on an annual basis by the STEM Weighted Course Approval Council. The courses currently approved are ones required to obtain a major leading to one or more of the STEM career fields that require at least a bachelor’s degree and are considered to be in high demand in Georgia. Please review the list of courses in the STEM Weighted Course Directory.
Recipients must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of each spring semester in order to continue their eligibility. In addition to these requirements traditional and nontraditional students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative HOPE GPA after the 30th, 60th, and 90th attempted hour. If the student does not meet the HOPE GPA requirements at 90 hours, he/she cannot regain his/her eligibility. For additional information on the HOPE Scholarship visit sfs.gsu.edu/scholarships-grants/hope-scholarship/ and www.GAfutures.org.
Zell Miller Scholarship
Students who graduated from an eligible high school in 2011 or beyond:
Must have at least a 3.7 High School GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT OR graduate as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school OR graduate from an ineligible high school with a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT AND achieve at least a 3.3 HOPE GPA at the 30 semester hour check-points in college.
Students who first entered college in 2007 or beyond:
Must have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT or having graduated as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school AND must have had at least a 3.3 post secondary HOPE GPA at the most recent check-point in college.
For more information on Zell Miller Scholarship visit sfs.gsu.edu/scholarships-grants/zell-miller-scholarship/ and www.GAfutures.org.
Eligibility for federal student aid grants are based on high financial need. Award amounts for these grants vary but do not have to be repaid. All recipients must be in a degree-seeking program working toward a first baccalaureate degree; be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen; be making satisfactory academic progress; cannot be in default or owe a repayment on a previous financial aid award; and must register with Selective Service if required to do so.
Available almost exclusively to undergraduates; in some cases, however, you might receive a Pell Grant if you’re enrolled in a post baccalaureate teacher certificate program; all eligible students will receive the Federal Pell Grant amount they qualify for.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school.
A loan is a form of financial assistance which must be repaid. While Georgia State University does not encourage borrowing, loans are frequently necessary to meet educational costs not covered by the student’s income, the family’s contribution, or grant and scholarship awards. When student loans are necessary, Georgia State University advises borrowing conservatively.
Undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need may borrow through the Federal Direct Student Loan program, and parents of dependent undergraduates may borrow through the Parent PLUS Direct Loan Program. The Office of Student Financial Aid will determine loan eligibility by year in school, prior indebtedness, and academic standing.
All recipients must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program, be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen, be making satisfactory academic progress, cannot be in default or owe a repayment on a previous financial aid award, and must register with the Selective Service if required to do so. Upon acceptance of a loan, a first-time borrower must complete Entrance Counseling, and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://StudentLoans.gov.
Federal Direct Loan borrowers who are leaving school, dropping below half-time enrollment, or graduating must complete Exit counseling at https://StudentLoans.gov. Exit counseling provides you with information about repayment and your rights and responsibilities.
The Perkins Loans program expired September 30, 2015 and allowed certain student populations to receive final awards through the 2017-2018 academic year. The 2017-2018 academic year will be the last year that a student may receive a Perkins Loan.
Private loans, also known as alternative or commercial loans, help bridge the gap between the actual cost of education and the limited amount the government allows a student to borrow from its programs. Private loans are offered by many lending institutions. Terms and conditions can vary significantly from one institution to another.
Working part time while attending school is another way students may help pay for college expenses such as tuition, books, transportation, and meals. It can also provide valuable experience for resumes.
Federal Work-Study and Panther Work Program
The purpose of the Federal Work-Study and the Panther Work Program is to provide jobs for students who need financial assistance. Applicants must demonstrate need and have a complete FAFSA to be considered. Students may apply for part-time employment at Handshake, Georgia State University’s central 24/7 online job and internship board for students.
For additional information on Federal Work-Study and Panther Work Program visit sfs.gsu.edu/loans-work-study/student-employment/getting-started/.
The Office of the Registrar offers services to certify and assist students who are eligible for veterans educational benefits. Any veteran who wishes to attend Georgia State University under any of the veterans educational benefit programs provided by public law must apply to the Georgia State University Office of Admissions in the normal manner. It is advisable for a veteran who has not previously used any educational benefits to apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for those benefits. For a veteran who will be transferring to Georgia State University from another institution where educational benefits were received, a veteran must submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form (VA Form 22-1995 for veterans and VA Form 22-5495 for family members) with the Department of Veterans Affairs concurrently with his or her application to Georgia State. As soon as the Georgia State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions notifies the applicant of his or her acceptance, the applicant should contact the Office of the Registrar at veterans.gsu.edu.
Continuing students who wish to receive benefits must complete the Online Veterans’ Enrollment Verification Form, located at veterans.gsu.edu, each academic term. Students are certified on a term-by-term basis. Students whose attendance was interrupted must renew their certifications at the beginning of the next academic term of attendance in which they wish to receive benefits. Those students who are certified on a term by term basis will routinely experience a break in benefit payments between academic terms and should contact the Veterans Administration Regional Office to determine the amount and schedule of their benefit payments at www.gibill.va.gov.
Yellow Ribbon Program
In support of our nation’s Veterans Georgia State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, providing additional assistance to cover out-of-state tuition and mandatory fees that are currently not covered by the Post-911 GI Bill.
- Georgia State University contributes 50 percent toward out-of-state tuition charges for those eligible and the Department of Veteran Affairs matches Georgia State’s scholarship contribution. The program funding is only applied toward tuition and mandatory fees. It does not cover books, housing, and other student expenditures.
- Scholarships are awarded to 30 students on a first come, first serve basis. This means that after the initial application is approved, as long as the student remains continuously enrolled in a program of study at Georgia State and the University remains a participating institution, the student will be guaranteed to receive this scholarship. If continuous enrollment is not maintained, the student is required to re-apply for the program. If all scholarships have been awarded, a waiting list will be maintained. As scholarships become available, students placed on a waiting list will be honored first.
Non-active Service Member receiving Post 9/11 Educational Benefits at the 100 percent eligibility rate.
A dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill based on a Non-active Service Member’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
How to Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program:
- Veterans and their dependents interested in applying for this program should initiate an application through the Military Outreach Center, Office of the Registrar, 234 Sparks Hall.
- Students must complete a Georgia State University’s Yellow Ribbon Application.
- A Certificate of Eligibility Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs must be submitted with the Yellow Ribbon Application.
For more information regarding the Yellow Ribbon Program, contact the Military Outreach Center, Office of the Registrar, email@example.com
Certain physically or mentally disabled individuals enrolled at Georgia State University may qualify to receive financial aid through the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Students who think they may qualify under this program should contact one of the area vocational rehabilitation centers.
1230.50 International Students, Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials, and Non-Native Speakers of English
Only United States citizens or eligible non-citizens may receive federal financial aid or State of Georgia financial aid. Permanent residents, asylees, and refugees are eligible non-citizens. Holders of A, B, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L or M visas are not eligible non-citizens.
An individual who has applied for permanent resident status is not eligible until that status is approved. An individual may have resident status in the State of Georgia but not be considered a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. An individual is not eligible on the basis of the status of family members, for example a parent or a spouse.
All students that are not confirmed as U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) on their initial application for financial aid are required to submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid is required to submit this documentation to CIS for secondary confirmation. Until secondary confirmation is received, an individual cannot be approved to receive financial aid.
Students with Non-United States Academic Credentials
There are no special financial aid rules for students with non-United States academic credentials.
Non-Native Speakers of English
There are no special financial aid rules for students who are non-native speakers of English.
Some of the assistance opportunities listed in the following sections may be scholarships that require an application from the student, while others are awards that do not require application from the student. For questions concerning a particular program, please call the department, school, or college listed. To search the most current listing of Georgia State University Scholarships, visit https://app.gsu.edu/scholarships/search_scholarships.cfm.
Awards are contingent on final clearance by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Any student receiving aid under any federal financial aid program is limited by the student’s “estimated cost of attendance” as to the total amount of aid that may be received. This applies to aid from all sources, public and private. You will find this information in your aid letter from the financial aid office or online in your financial aid record in PAWS.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
The Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services administers scholarships which are available to students with disabilities. Please call the Office of Disability Services at 404-413-1560 for more information on these scholarships.
The ROTC Program provides two and three-year scholarships to Georgia State University students on a competitive basis. The scholarships pay tuition and fees, a book allowance, and a monthly stipend for a 20- or 30-month period. A student need not be enrolled in ROTC to apply for these scholarships. For further information contact the Military Science Department, 202 Courtland Building, call 404/413-6489 or visit armyrotc.com/edu/gastate/index.htm.