Federal Funds

The Federal Pell Grant (PELL) is the foundation of federal student aid.  Aid from other federal and non-federal sources may be added.  The U.S. Department of Education requires applicants to complete the FAFSA.

The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is one of the two new grant programs for full-time students.  Students must be U.S. citizens and eligible for the Pell Grant.  This grant is in addition to the student's Federal Pell Grant.

The annual award for freshmen students is $750 and the annual award for sophomore students is $1300.

The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a limited-fund, need-based grant, based on the information you submit on your FAFSA.  FSEOG is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to students with exceptional financial need, Pell Grant eligible, at a maximum amount of $600 per school year.  Recipients must be undergraduate students who have not already earned a baccalaureate degree.  To assist as many students as possible, eligible students receive either an FSEOG or a LEAP award, not both (see state funds below).

State Funds

The HOPE Scholarship/HOPE Grant:  The Georgia HOPE program provides financial assistance to students attending Georgia public and private institutions of higher learning.  Click here for more information on HOPE.

The LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) Grant: LEAP is a need-based state grant.  Students must complete the FAFSA by the priority processing date and be eligible for the Pell Grant.  The maximum award is $600 per year.  To assist as many students as possible, eligible students receive either a LEAP or an FSEOG award.  Students must be Georgia residents, enrolled at least half-time, and have demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA.