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Financial Aid

Financial Assistance for All Students

At Georgia Southwestern, we aim to provide quality support in assisting students with their financial needs. The Office of Student Financial Aid offers financial resources to assist in funding in the form of grants, institutional scholarships, employment, and student loans to students. GSW offers one of the most generous scholarship programs in the state, making us one of the best values and most affordable universities in the nation.

Our staff will help sort through various types of financial aid, including the Georgia HOPE Scholarships and Federal Student Aid Programs. Earning your education doesn't have to come with years of debt, and we're here to help!

FAFSA Process

Georgia Southwestern, like all universities nationwide, is actively adapting to the changes made to the FAFSA process by the US Department of Education. We are fully prepared to make awards for the upcoming fall semester, and there will be no impact on aid availability for the summer term. Our Financial Aid team is highly skilled, and we have full confidence in their ability to maintain excellent service for GSW students.

Student Resources

Scholarships & Aid

Tuition & Fees

GSW Affordability

Financial Aid Forms

In order to qualify for Financial Aid, students must complete the FAFSA for every academic year. Complete your online application after October 1st and before April 15th to qualify for priority consideration for the 2024-25 term.

How Financial Aid is Awarded

Most student aid is awarded based on financial need. Need is the difference between your budgeted cost of attendance (educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and other related expenses) and an amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education (EFC – expected family contribution – is determined by the central processor based on a national standard formula).

Check Financial Aid Status

FAFSA Application


Office of Student Financial Aid

Canes Central

229-928-1378 phone
229-931-2061 fax

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm


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To be eligible for Scholarships, Grants or other Financial Aid, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A student enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program
  • In good standing and making satisfactory academic progress.
  • A U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • You are not in default on an educational loan or owe a refund on an educational grant

Available Aid Types


You are eligible for some type of aid if you are a classified student enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program, are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, are making satisfactory academic progress, and are not in default on an educational loan or owe a refund on an educational grant.


Awards based on academic excellence, merit, and talent. GSW Scholarship Application Deadlines - March 1st; Other – May 15th.

GSW's new scholarship application requires students to use their CanesNet credentials to sign in. 

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Grants are awards that you do not have to pay back. 

Work Study

Work study is a job that allows you the opportunity to earn money to help pay for school the following semester.


Loans are money borrowed that you must repay with interest.

Know More. Borrow Less.

The USG recently launched a financial literacy initiative known as “Know More. Borrow Less.”  This system-wide initiative is a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing barriers to financial aid, improving students’ understanding of borrowing and reducing student debt.  As part of this initiative, the GSW Office of Student Financial Aid will provide GSW loan borrowers with automated, customized debt notifications in order to help students make better borrowing decisions.  Content includes the amount a student currently owes, the expected monthly payment and interest cost, projections of future costs should they borrow more and the estimated remaining loan eligibility.  These notifications will be delivered by email and are typically sent during April. The email will originate from with the subject “Personal Student Loan Debt”.

To learn more about the “Know More. Borrow Less.” Initiative, you may visit the USG’s KMBL website.


GSW's Financial Aid office offers Financial Aid TV, which gives you the opportunity to get answers to financial aid questions, 24/7, while offering a variety of informative videos.

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