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Application Process

  • If you have not previously done so, apply for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. If you are a dependent student for financial aid purposes, at least one of your parents will also need to apply for a FSA ID. Go to to learn more and apply for your FSA ID.
  • Complete and submit the correct Award Year FAFSA on the internet ( to the Central Processing System (CPS). The GSW Federal School Code is 001573. Upon submission of your FAFSA, you will receive a confirmation from CPS.
  • Watch for the availability of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Approximately three days after submitting your FAFSA, the CPS will inform you of the availability of your SAR via the e-mail account you provided on your FAFSA. Your SAR will summarize your FAFSA information and will reflect your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Review it for accuracy and if you need to act on the messages reflected on your SAR.
  • Routinely check your financial aid application status. If asked to do so by our office, be sure you have uploaded the additional documents to complete the verification process. We will periodically text you or e-mail reminders to your GSW Radar account when you have not provided all necessary documentation or taken all required action.
  • If you are eligible for either the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships, complete the Georgia Student Finance Application at applications if you have not done so in a prior year.

Awarding Process

  • The Office of Student Financial Aid will contact you once you have an Official Award. Official Awards are generated around June 1 of each year after tuition and fees for the upcoming Award Year have been set by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents; and the HOPE and Zell Scholarship award amounts have been set by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Prior to June, please review Estimated Awards under the Check Your Status link at
  • Once you do have an Official Award, you can log into your Award in RAIN and complete any remaining requirements.
  • If you are a dependent student for financial aid purposes, and your parent wants to borrow a Federal Parent PLUS Loan, please find the Direct PLUS Loan Instructions at All steps must be completed in order for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan to be processed.

Prior To Payment Of Your Aid

  • Have you given permission to GSW Office of Student Accounts to use your available aid to pay for the "other" charges on your student account (miscellaneous fees, returned checks, parking fees, late fees, health insurance, etc.)? To do so, log into RAIN (; click on the "Financial Aid" block; click on "Authorizations" and give Student Accounts the authority to use your aid to pay your "other" charges.
  • Have you set up your refund preference with Bankmobile? If not, visit to sign up.

Once Your Aid Is Disbursed

  • Stay enrolled and complete your courses. You must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward your degree to maintain aid eligibility. Learn more about SAP under at

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