Eligibility for Financial Aid

This information is provided as a guide and is subject to change without notice to comply with federal, state, and institutional policies.

All financial aid recipients are encouraged to read the entire Financial Aid Section.

Eligibility depends on many factors.  To receive aid from the student aid programs offered at Georgia Perimeter College, students must:

  • Have a financial need, except for some loan programs, which do not require proof of need.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Not owe a Federal Pell or SEOG over-award.
  • Not be in default on a Federal Stafford Loan or Federal Direct Loan.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program of study.  Students may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless as part of an associate degree program.  Students may not receive aid for auditing classes.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that the student (1) will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay for attending an institution of higher learning, (2) is not in default on a federal student loan or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, (3) does not owe money back on a federal student grant or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, and (4) will notify the school if he or she defaults on a federal student loan.
  • Register with Selective Service, if required.  If the student is a male, age 18-25, and has not yet registered with Selective Service, he can give Selective Service permission to register him by checking a box on the FAFSA.  He can also register on the Selective Service website.

Learning Support and English as a Second Language
Learning Support (LS) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are considered remedial courses.  Federal regulations limit how much financial aid a student can receive for taking remedial courses.  Financial aid may be used for a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of LS courses.  Once the maximum number of hours is reached for LS, a student will not be eligible for financial aid until he or she exits.

Courses in ESL do not count against the 30 semester credit hour limit.

LS and ESL courses do not count toward the completion rate and the maximum hours allowed toward a degree.