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Financial Aid Policies


East Georgia State College places primary emphasis on financial need, academic achievement, and future academic promise.  Even though, the family is primarily responsible for assisting students in meeting their educational costs, financial aid is here to fill the gap between the student’s resources and educational expenses. In order to better accommodate our students, it is very important that all contact information is kept updated.  If there are any extreme changes in a student's financial situation, please advise your Financial Aid Advisor. 

Please be aware, any student receiving financial aid who withdraws before completing the semester, may be required to repay a portion of their award monies.  Students who have defaulted on a loan or owe a refund of any financial aid award at ANY institution, are NOT eligible to receive additional financial aid until the debt is resolved.


*Students who expect to receive financial aid for the Summer semester must submit a Summer Application.

 

Basic Eligibility Criteria

Our general eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school;
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
  • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
  • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
  • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
  • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law).

 

Student Responsibilities

In accepting your responsibilities, you must…
 
1. Complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the proper place
2. Provide correct information. In most instances, misreporting information on financial aid application forms is a violation of law and may be considered a criminal offense that could result in indictment under the US Criminal Code
3. Return all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services or the agency to which you submitted your application
4. Be responsible for reading and understanding all forms that you are asked to sign, and for keeping copies of them
5. Live up to all agreements that you sign
6. Maintain at least half-time student status
7. Remain in Good Academic Standing as described in the College Catalog and monitored by the College Registrar.
8. Make satisfactory academic progress toward a bachelor’s degree as defined in the satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid.
9. Be aware of and comply with deadlines for application or reapplication for aid
10. Be aware of your school’s refund procedures
11. Report changes in name, address, telephone number, and enrollment status to Financial Aid, and the College Registrar.
12. Notify the Financial Aid Office immediately regarding other assistance, including external resources and other educational benefits, received for the academic year. Such assistance must be taken into consideration when determining the financial need of a student and may affect eligibility for federal need-based aid, primarily loan and grant programs.
13. Notify the Financial Aid Office of changes in marital, enrollment and/or housing status which may result in a revision to financial aid eligibility.
14. Provide documents upon request to validate the information provided on the financial aid application. This is commonly referred to as “verification” and provides confirmation that a student’s eligibility for financial aid is being determined using accurate information

 

 

POLICIES AND DISCLOSURES

 

Award Packaging Disclosure

FAFSA Verification Explanation

Fraud Policy

Overpayment Disclosure

Procedural Process of Documents

Tax Transcript Requirement Disclosure

Transient Student Policy

Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) Policy