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The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to provide financial resources to all qualified applicants who would like to obtain a postsecondary education. In doing so, the Office of Student Financial Aid supports the mission of the university in its commitment to excellence in teaching, advancement of knowledge, and enrichment of the community, in that many students would not have the wherewithal to access higher education without adequate financial support.
The process of applying for financial aid may seem complicated, but it really is not. The Office of Student Financial Aid staff will assist you in completing the process. You may complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov from any personal computer with internet access or use our technology lab which is located on the first floor of University Hall during normal hours of operation. If you wish to apply for the HOPE Scholarship you must complete the FAFSA.
To receive aid under any of the federal or state programs, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose, or otherwise be classified as an eligible non-citizen.
- Demonstrate financial need (where applicable).
- Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the GRU Office of Student Financial Aid.
The annual financial aid application priority deadlines for each term are as follows: Fall Semester -April 1; Spring Semester -October 1; and Summer Semester -March 1. You are expected to submit all required applications and support documents on or before the published financial aid application deadline for the chosen enrollment term. Failure to do so may result in incurring your own educational expenses until your financial aid file is complete and aid can be processed.
All scholarships awarded by the Georgia Regents University Scholarship and Financial Assistance Committee require an institutional scholarship application, available January 1 through March 1, for each upcoming academic year. The GRU Academic Scholarship Application is accessible through your GRU POUNCE account. After completing your application, you may electronically submit it to the GRU Office of Student Financial Aid via POUNCE. The application deadline is March 1 for each upcoming academic year.
All financial aid programs fall into one of four categories: grants, loans, scholarships and Federal work study opportunities. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides educational funds from all four sources. For further information about available programs and required forms, visit our website; or contact us via telephone; or visit the Office of Student Financial Aid during normal business hours. Institutional forms are available in a PDF format on our website. We also encourage you to explore other financial aid opportunities outside of Georgia Regents University. Publications in your local or school library or guidance office will assist you in obtaining information on scholarship programs. Web sites are also available.
The primary responsibility for financing a college education belongs to you and your family. Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to use financial aid resources by applying at www.fafsa.ed.gov.