FINANCIAL INFORMATION

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

In accordance with regulations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, all matriculation charges, board, room rent, or other charges are subject to change at the end of any semester.

BUSINESS REGULATIONS

Georgia Southwestern State University, as a unit of the University System of Georgia, receives the major portion of its operating funds from the State of Georgia through appropriations.

The academic year is divided into two semesters of approximately fifteen weeks and a summer term.

Certain regulations must be observed to conform with the policies of the Board of Regents. Fees and charges are due and payable at the beginning of each term at the time of registration. Registration is not complete until all fees have been paid. Students should not begin the registration process without having sufficient funds to pay all fees.

A student, who is delinquent in his or her financial obligations to the University, or to any facet of the University community, will not be allowed to register for the next term, to transfer credits to another school, to receive academic transcripts, or to graduate from the University. In some instances the financially delinquent student may be enjoined by the appropriate University official from attending classes for which enrolled and/or from taking final examinations.

A student with outstanding financial obligations to the University, or any facet of the University community, must submit payment in cash for these obligations prior to the release of any refund and/or payroll check(s). Such penalties will accrue in addition to the penalties described above.

Fulfillment of financial obligations restores the student to one's prior status as a member of the University community, except for academic losses, which accrue as a normal result of the prior financial irresponsibility.

If any check is not paid on presentation to the bank on which it is drawn, a service charge of $15 or 5 percent of the face amount of the check, whichever is greater, will be charged. When two checks have been returned by any student's bank without payment, check-cashing privileges will be suspended.

The health service fee provides for limited medical care in the University Health Center and is charged all students taking three or more semester hours of on campus classes.

The student activity fee is assessed to all students taking three or more semester hours of on campus classes. It provides financial support for a broad program of literary, dramatic, musical, and social activities and defrays most of the expenses of publishing the newspaper and other University publications.

The athletic fee is charged all students taking three or more semester hours of on campus classes. It contributes to the financial support of inter-collegiate athletic activities.

The technology fee is assessed to all students.

The postal fee provides funding of a U.S. Post Office on campus for student convenience and is charged to all students taking three or more semester hours of on campus classes.

A student residing on campus and enrolled for one or more semester hours at any location is required to pay the health service fee, student activity fee, athletic fee and postal fee.

The tuition for eCore is $144 per credit hour. Students will be assessed at the per credit rate determined by their enrollment status (undergraduate, graduate, in-state residency or out-of-state residency) and $144 per credit hour for eCore classes. For example, the cost of a three credit eCore class is $432, regardless of the per credit rate of your other courses. Students taking 12 or more hours of non-eCore courses will still have additional tuition costs for eCore courses.

FEE PAYMENT DEADLINES FOR 2007-2008

Fall - August 3, 2007
Spring - December 15, 2007

A late payment fee of $50.00 will be assessed to students not paid in full by the deadline.

SEMESTER FEES

All matriculation charges, board, room rates, and other charges are subject to change. The following fees are effective Fall Semester 2007 at the continuing rate.

Full-time Students: (12 or more hours)

 UndergraduateGraduate
Matriculation$1,345.00$1,614.00
Matriculation Non Resident$5,377.00$6,452.00
Health Service Fee$66.00$66.00
Activity Fee$65.00$65.00
Athletic Fee$140.00$140.00
Postal Fee$8.00$8.00
Computer Technology Fee$40.00$40.00
Student Success Center Fee$10.00$10.00

Part-time Students: (11 hours or less)

Students enrolled in a single course will pay $113 per undergraduate semester hour and $135 per graduate semester hour (Georgia residents) or $449 per undergraduate semester hour and $538 per graduate semester hour (out-of-state). Students enrolled in three (3) or more hours of on campus (Campus A) classes will pay an additional $289.00 (Health Service Fee, Activity Fee, Athletic Fee, and Postal Fee. NOTE: All students, regardless of number of hours, are required to pay the $40 Technology Fee.

NOTE: All Students, regardless of number of hours, are required to pay the $40 Technology Fee.
A student registered for less than three semester hours has the option to pay the health service fee, or a co-pay for each visit.

Food Service: (Three meal plans available)

21 Meals per week (Monday thru Sunday)$1,162.00
15 Meals per week (Monday thru Sunday)$1,128.00
10 Meals per week (Any 10 meals Monday thru Sunday)$1,011.00

All students housed on campus with less than 60 credit hours will purchase one of the above meal plans. No refund will be made on any meal plan purchases unless the student withdraws from the University. Off-campus students may purchase a meal ticket if desired.

Residence Hall Rates

Standard:Double Occupancy$1,350.00
 Single Occupancy$1,850.00
Oaks:Double Occupancy$1,600.00
 Single Occupancy$2,050.00
Pines:4 Bedroom Suites$2,185.00
 2 Bedroom Suites$2,300.00

Parking Fees: (All students who plan to operate a vehicle on campus)

Annual: Fall-Summer$18.00
($11 Spring-Summer, $7 Summer only) 

Other Fees:

Application Fee$25.00
Application Fee - Housing$50.00
Applied Music Fee - 1 hour per week instruction$120.00
Damage Deposit - Housing$250.00
Science Lab Fee (for select Courses)$20.00
Nursing Lab Fee (for select Nursing Courses)$65.00
Art Fee (for select Art Courses)$20.00
Testing Fee (for select Psychology/Sociology Courses)$26.00
Theatre Fee (for select Theatre Courses)$15.00

Matriculation Fee and Deposit

Each application for admission, graduate and undergraduate, must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable application fee. Undergraduate students are required to pay an additional $25 deposit after they have been notified of their acceptance. This deposit may be refunded if an applicant cancels his/her application prior to twenty days before registration. The deposit will be credited toward matriculation fees at the time the student enrolls.

A $50.00 application fee and a $250 damage depost must be submitted with the student-housing contract. The deposit, less any charges, which may accrue due to damage, improper checkout, etc., will be refunded after the termination of the final housing contract.

GUARANTEED TUITION PLAN

Board of Regents shall annually approve guaranteed tuition rates for each of the institutions comprising the University System of Georgia. Please refer to the information in 704.012 THE GUARANTEED TUITION PLAN of the Policy Manual of the Board of Regents for more information orhttp://www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/700.phtml Contact the Office of Admissions or the Student Accounts Office for specific information about your applicable rate. The applicable rate for new freshmen entering in 2007-2008 is $1,434.00 for full time matriculation. The applicable rate for new freshmen entering in 2006-2007 is $1,280.00 for full time matriculation.

REFUND OF FEES

Students who formally withdraw from the University prior to passing the 60% point in time during the term are eligible for a partial refund of fees. Refunds are made only when a student completely withdraws from the University, and no refunds are made when a student of his or her own volition reduces the course load after the add/drop period. Students may receive a refund resulting from a reduction of their course load during the add/drop period. No refunds for withdrawals will be made after passing the 60% point in time during the semester. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw officially in accordance with University regulations.

Forms for withdrawal from the University are available from Gail Barksdale, First Year Advocate, located in Academics Skills, room 126, or athttp://gsw.edu/Assets/AcademicResources/StudentForms/WithdrawalfromtheUniversityfortheSemester.pdf. A refund of tuition and fees, in accordance with federal, state, and institutional policies, will be issued within 30 days of receipt of completed withdrawal forms by the Business Office.

Students who formally withdraw from the institution on or before the first day of class are entitled to a refund of 100% of the tuition and fees paid for that period of enrollment. (First day of class is defined as "classes begin" date published in the GSW Bulletin.)

Students who formally withdraw from the institution after the first day of class but before the 60% point in time during the term are subject to guidelines established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. This policy states:

The refund amount for students withdrawing from the institution shall be based on a pro rata percentage determined by dividing the number of calendar days in the semester that the student completed by the total calendar days in the semester. The total calendar days in a semester includes weekends, but excludes scheduled breaks of five or more days and days that a student was on an approved leave of absence. The unearned portion shall be refunded up to the point in time that the amount equals 60%.
 
Students that withdraw from the institution when the calculated percentage of completion is greater than 60%, are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges.
 
A refund of all matriculation fees and other mandatory fees shall be made in the event of the death of a student at any time during the academic session. (BR Minutes, 1979-80, p.61; 1986-87 pp. 24-25; 1995, p.246)

The University is required to determine how much student financial aid was earned by students who withdraw during the term. If students have 'unearned aid' because they were disbursed more than they earned, it may be necessary for the unearned portion to be returned to the appropriate student financial aid fund. If the students have 'earned aid' that they have not received, they may be eligible to receive those funds.

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

Textbooks and school supplies, as well as other student needs, are available in the Campus Bookstore. The cost of books and supplies will vary with the courses selected by the individual student. A fair estimate of this cost is from $300 to $500 per semester.

Refunds for textbooks will not be given without the following:

  1. Cash register receipt dated within current term.
  2. Valid student I.D.

AUDIT (NON-CREDIT) FEE

Fees for attending class on an audit or non-credit basis are calculated on the same schedule as regular academic fees.

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

LATE PAYMENT FEE:

Failure to submit fee payment on the specified date 
Undergraduate (non-refundable)$50.00
Graduate (non-refundable)$50.00

RETURNED CHECK FEE:

For each check$15.00
OR 5 percent of the face amount of the check, whichever is greater.

TRANSCRIPT FEE:

Initial Request (One Copy)No Charge
Each Official Request Thereafter$5.00

GRADUATION FEE:

Certificate$15.00
Associate Degree$30.00
Bachelor's Degree$30.00
Master's Degree$50.00
Specialist Degree$50.00

TESTING FEES:

CLEP Fee - per exam$75.00
eCore Testing Fee - per exam$15.00
GMAT Testing Fee$50.00
Independent Study Testing Fee$30.00

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS AS RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS

A student is responsible for registering under the proper residency classification. A student classified as a non-resident who believes that he/she is entitled to be reclassified as a legal resident may petition the Registrar for a change of status. The petition must be filed no later than ten (10) days before the term begins in order for the student to be considered for reclassification for that term. If the petition is granted, reclassification will not be retroactive to prior terms. The necessary forms for this purpose are available in the Registrar's Office and on RAIN.

To register as a legal resident of Georgia at an institution of the University System, a student must establish the following facts to the satisfaction of the Registrar:

    1. If a person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an in-state student only upon showing that he or she has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration.
      Exceptions:
      1. A student whose parent, spouse, or court-appointed guardian is a legal resident of the State of Georgia may register as a resident providing the parent, spouse, or guardian can provide proof of legal residency in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration.
      2. A student who previously held residency status in the State of Georgia but moved from the state and then returned to the state in 12 or fewer months.
      3. Students who are transferred to Georgia by employer are not subject to the durational residency requirement.
    2. No emancipated minor or other person 18 years of age or older shall be deemed to have gained or acquired in-state status for tuition purposes while attending any educational institution in this state, in the absence of a clear demonstration that he or she in fact established legal residence in this state.
  1. If a parent or legal guardian of a student changes his or her legal residence to another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the student may retain his or her classification as an in-state student as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled in the University System of Georgia, regardless of the status of his or her parent or legal guardian.
  2. In the event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed by a court as guardian of a nonresident minor, such minor will be permitted to register as a in-state student providing the guardian can provide proof that he or she has been a resident of Georgia for the period of 12 months immediately preceding the date of the court appointment.
  3. Aliens shall be classified as nonresident students, provided, however, that an alien who is living in this country under an immigration document permitting indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.

OUT-OF-STATE TUITION WAIVERS

An institution may waive out-of-state tuition and assess in-state tuition for:

  1. Academic Common Market. Students selected to participate in a program offered through the Academic Common Market.
  2. International and Superior Out-of-State Students. International students and superior out-of-state students selected by the institutional president or an authorized representative, provided that the number of such waivers in effect does not exceed 2% of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall term immediately preceding the term for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived.
  3. University System Employees and Dependents. Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  4. Medical/Dental Students and Interns. Medical and dental residents and medical and dental interns at the Medical College of Georgia (BR Minutes, 1986-87, p. 340).
  5. Full-Time School Employees. Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or of the Department of Technical and Adult Education, their spouses, and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver (BR Minutes, 1988-89, p.43).
  6. Career Consular Officials. Career consular officers, their spouses, and their dependent children who are citizens of the foreign nation that their consular office represents and who are stationed and living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments.
  7. Military Personnel. Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in or assigned to Georgia and on active duty. The waiver can be retained by military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children if the military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia, as long as the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled and the military sponsor remains on active military status (BR Minutes, May 2003).
  8. Research University Graduate Students. Graduate students attending the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Medical College of Georgia, which shall be authorized to waive the out-of-state tuition differential for a limited number of graduate students each year, with the understanding that the number of students at each of these institutions to whom such waivers are granted shall not exceed the number assigned below at any point in time:
    University of Georgia - 80
    Georgia Institute of Technology - 60
    Georgia State University - 80
    Medical College of Georgia - 20
  9. Border County Residents. Residents of an out-of-state county bordering a Georgia county in which the reporting institution or a Board-approved external center of the University System is located.
  10. National Guard Members. Full-time members of the Georgia National Guard, their spouses, and their dependent children (BR Minutes, April, 1998, pp.16-17).
  11. Students enrolled in University System institutions as part of Competitive Economic Development Projects. Students who are certified by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism as being part of a competitive economic development project.
  12. Students in Georgia-Based Corporations. Students who are employees of Georgia-based corporations or organizations that have contracted with the Board of Regents through University System institutions to provide out-of-state tuition differential waivers.
  13. Students in Pilot Programs. Students enrolled in special pilot programs approved by the Chancellor. The Chancellor shall evaluate institutional requests for such programs in light of good public policy and the best interest of students. If a pilot program is successful, the tuition program shall be presented to the Board for consideration.
  14. Students in ICAPP« Advantage programs. Any student participating in an ICAPP« Advantage program.
  15. Direct Exchange Program Students. Any international student who enrolls in a University System institution as a participant in a direct exchange program that provides reciprocal benefits to University System students.
  16. Economic Advantage. As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a dependent or independent student who can provide clear evidence that the student or the student's parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed guardian has relocated to the State of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and has established domicile in the State of Georgia. Relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education. This waiver will expire 12 months from the date the waiver was granted.

    As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a student possessing a valid employment-related visa status who can provide clear evidence of having relocated to the State of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment. Relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education. These individuals would be required to show clear evidence of having taken all legally permissible steps toward establishing legal permanent residence in the United States and the establishment of legal domicile in the State of Georgia. Students currently receiving a waiver who are dependents of a parent or spouse possessing a valid employment-sponsored visa may continue to receive the waiver as long as they can demonstrate continued efforts to pursue an adjustment of status to U.S. legal permanent resident (BR Minutes, June 2006).
  17. Recently Separated Military Service Personnel. Members of a uniformed military service of the United States who, within 12 months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate intent to become a permanent resident of Georgia. This waiver may be granted for not more than one year.
  18. Nonresident Student. As of the first day of classes for the term, a nonresident student whose parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months so long as the student can provide clear evidence showing the relationship to the parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has existed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.

    If the parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian of a continuously enrolled nonresident student establishes domicile in another state after having maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for the required period, the nonresident student may continue to receive this waiver as long as the student remains continuously enrolled in a public postsecondary educational institution in the state, regardless of the domicile of the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian (BR Minutes, June 2006).

FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS

The University provides a variety of programs to assist students who have financial need. Scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time work constitute the types of financial aid. It is preferable that financial aid applications for the next academic year be filed by April 1. Detailed information and appropriate forms may be secured by writing to the Financial Aid Office, Georgia Southwestern State University. All awards are contingent on funds being available.

Most types of financial aid are awarded on the basis of a student's academic progress and proven financial need. As used in relation to financial aid, the term financial need means the monetary difference between the total cost of attending the University and the computed amount of financial resources, which the student and the family can contribute toward the total cost. The total cost of attending the University includes tuition and all fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, and allowable transportation costs.

Financial need is computed by a standard need analysis system using confidential information submitted by the parents or the independent student. The need analysis system used by Georgia Southwestern State University is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) administered by the Federal Government. The analysis of a family's financial resources includes consideration of current family income, assets, family size, and number in college. Federal aid programs, state aid programs and many college programs do not permit aid awards that exceed the computed financial need. Thus, the information on all sources of aid must be provided to the Financial Aid Director. The amount of a student's computed financial need is the total cost of attending Georgia Southwestern State University minus the computed family resources.

Each applicant for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Stafford Loan is required to provide an analysis of the family income using the FAFSA mentioned above. These forms are available from many secondary school counselors or from the Financial Aid Office at Georgia Southwestern State University. The completed FAFSA must be sent to the address on the form. Students should remember to list Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia (GSW code 001573), as one of the institutions to receive a copy of the FAFSA.

Procedures For Applying For Financial Aid

Students should complete financial aid applications as soon as possible after January 1. Application for financial aid at Georgia Southwestern State University includes the following steps:

  1. Make application for admission to the University. Applicants for financial aid need not be accepted for enrollment before an award is packaged but must be accepted in an eligible academic program before aid is disbursed. Transfer students from other colleges must have a transcript and an admissions application on file at the time of application for financial assistance.
  2. Complete the FAFSA either on-line (www.fafsa.ed.gov) or in paper form, list GSW Code 001573, and send the completed application to the address on the form, for processing. The paper application for financial aid is available from high school counselors and from the Financial Aid Office, Georgia Southwestern State University. The application for financial aid also serves as the application for the Federal Pell Grant. The information provided on the application for financial aid is used to calculate the eligibility index number for the Federal Pell Grant.
  3. If the institution code number is entered on the FAFSA, the institution will receive the student's financial information electronically. Until this information is received by the institution electronically, the student's file cannot be processed.

Financial aid is not automatically renewed. Continuing students must reapply for financial aid each year, as soon after January 1 as possible. All application information received after April 1 will be processed, but awards will be made as funds permit.

GRANTS

Grants are monetary gifts, which are awarded to the students who have financial need and have maintained satisfactory progress toward earning a degree.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is an aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those who have established need and who are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program. It is designed to be the floor of the financial aid award and should meet approximately one-half of the student's need. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant is determined on the basis of the family's resources and the cost of the University. The amount of a grant is based on the family contribution and two factors: (1) the amount of funds actually available for the program for the current year; and (2) the educational cost. The amount of the grant would decrease as the family contribution increases.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

This program has the single purpose of making a college education available to high school graduates of exceptional financial need who, without the grant, would be unable to attend University. Recipient must be Pell eligible.

Grants ranging from $200 to $600 are available to students for each of the four years of undergraduate study as long as funds are available.

LOANS

This type of financial aid and any corresponding amount of accumulated interest must be repaid within a specific time period.

Larry and Jane Comer Music Loan Fund

The Larry and Jane Comer Music Loan Fund was established to support the development of the music program at Georgia Southwestern State University and to increase the opportunities for deserving music students to earn their musical education. The recipients of the loan will be required to maintain good academic standing at the University and to repay the loan beginning 90 days after the semester in which the loan was awarded.

Federal Perkins Loan (National Direct Student Loan)

The Perkins Loan (or NDSL) program allows a student with financial need to borrow up to $9000 during his/her undergraduate study. The maximum loan per semester at Georgia Southwestern is $1125 or the amount of need, whichever is less. The student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. No interest is charged while the student is in school. Repayment of the loan at 5 percent interest begins nine months after the student leaves school. The minimum monthly payment is $40 and the entire loan must be paid within a ten-year period.

Cancellation provisions are available to individuals who

  1. teach in a public or non-profit school which has been designed as eligible by DOE as enrolling a high concentration of students from low income families;
  2. teach handicapped children; or
  3. serve as full-time staff members in a head start program;
  4. work as a nurse in a public or non-profit organization.

Jackson Loan Fund

The primary purpose of this money is to provide an individual with a temporary/short term emergency source of funding. The full amount of the loan and interest must be repaid by midterm of each semester. Students desiring this aid should schedule a conference with a Financial Aid Counselor at Georgia Southwestern State University prior to registration day.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan

The Stafford Subsidized Loan is a low-interest, need-based loan authorized by the federal and state governments to help students pay the costs of education beyond high school. Loans to students are made primarily by commercial lending institutions whose participation in the program is voluntary and not required by law. Repayment of any Stafford Loan that is obtained, within the limits of the law, will be "guaranteed" to the lender on the student's behalf by the guarantee agency. The actual amount available to the borrower is based upon financial need (as calculated by the FAFSA) which is not filled by other types of financial aid. The student must repay this loan.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

The Unsubsidized Loan has the same terms and situations as the Stafford Loan, except the borrower is responsible for the interest that accrues during deferment periods (not need-based). The program is open to students who may not qualify for the subsidized Federal Stafford Loan. The student may have a combination of subsidized and unsubsidized, but the combined total cannot exceed the program maximum. Check with the Financial Aid Counselor for further details. The student must repay this loan.

Federal Plus Loans

Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loan) is an educational loan for eligible students, authorized by federal and state government to help parents and students pay the costs of education beyond high school. This loan is not based on financial need as calculated by the FAFSA. Repayment begins when the loan is disbursed. Minimum payments are $50 per month. Please see a Financial Aid Counselor for details. The parent must repay this loan.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are monetary gifts, which usually do not require repayment. They are awarded on the basis of academic performance and other specific criteria stipulated by the agency or person(s) funding the scholarship. The amount of the awards may vary according to the established need of the scholarship recipient. In order to remain eligible to receive most academic scholarships, a student recipient must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours each term, earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point, and remain in good judicial standing.

HOPE Scholarship - Undergraduate

To be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship, the student must

  1. Be a Georgia resident.
  2. Earn a B average (3.0) in high school College Prep track; 3.2 average in other track.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, a student must have a 3.0 at the end of the spring semester whether or not the student was enrolled both fall and spring semesters of that year. Otherwise, a student's checkpoint remains at 30, 60, and 90 hours.

A transfer student who feels he or she is eligible for the HOPE Scholarship must request such consideration from the Financial Aid Office. The determination of eligibility is based on a review of all academic transcripts. It is the student's responsibility to make certain all academic transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions before a request is made to the Financial Aid Office.

Once a student has lost HOPE eligibility, there are two chances to re-enter the HOPE Program. If that student falls below a 3.0 grade point average after attempting 30 hours and regains 3.0 at his/her own expense, at the end of the sophomore year (60 hours), the student would be given a second chance to receive the HOPE scholarship. A third chance is earned after the 90th attempted hour. At all times, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) by Federal standards.

HOPE Promise Teacher Scholarship - Undergraduate

To be eligible for a HOPE Promise Teacher Scholarship, the student must

  1. Be a Georgia resident.
  2. Be enrolled in a teacher education program to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
  3. Have a 3.6 or higher GPA.
  4. Have attempted between 60 to 90 hours.
  5. Commit to teach/serve in Georgia public school to repay scholarship.

HOPE Teacher Scholarship (Graduate)

To be eligible for a HOPE Teacher Scholarship, the student must:

  1. Be a Georgia resident.
  2. Be enrolled in a graduate program in a critical field.
  3. Commit to teach/serve in his or her critical field in a Georgia public school to repay scholarship.

Critical Fields include the following (subject to change):

  • Middle Grade Education (Grades 4-8) with primary concentration in one of the following:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Math and Science
  • Mathematic Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Education of Exceptional Children (Grades P-12)
    • Behavioral Disorder
    • Interrelated Special Education
  • Foreign Language Education (Grades P-12)
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Business Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Industrial Arts/Technology Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Trade and Industrial Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Agriculture Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Science Education (Grades 7-12)
    • Broad Field Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth/Space
    • Physics

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of academic scholarships are available at Georgia Southwestern State University. Awards are on a competitive basis and are generally awarded to entering students. Students who have a 3.0 high school average and who have a combined SAT score above 1000 are eligible to apply for the J.C. Roney Scholarships, the Alumni Scholarships, and the Wheatley Scholarships.

J.C. Roney Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded from the J.C. Roney Fund to first or second honor graduates, National Merit Semifinalists, and STAR students. These are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications should be made prior to February 15.

GSW Alumni Scholarships

The GSW Alumni Scholarships include the GSW Alumni Academic Scholarship, the Cavendar-Rich Scholarship, the E.R. Hogg Scholarship, the Mary Lou Jordan Scholarship, the Myra Lunsford Scholarship, the Alice K. Mathis Scholarship, the Henry King Scholarship, the Peggy A. Smith Tucker Scholarship, the Martha Hudson Westbrook Scholarship, and the GSW Alumni Athletic Scholarship.

Charles H. Wheatley Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to high school honor graduates, National Merit Scholars, and students with 1100 SAT and 3.0 or above high school grade point averages. Wheatley Scholarships are also awarded to continuing GSW students and to transfer students who have earned an associate degree. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Office of Admission for additional information.

Additional Academic Scholarships

Other academic scholarships available at Georgia Southwestern State University include the Daniel D. Arden Scholarship for Geology students, the Iris Stewart Argo Scholarship and Agnes Agerton Scholarships for English majors, the James G. Deriso Scholarship for Business students, the J.H. Dorminy Music Scholarship for Music students, the Frances Bagley Jones Scholarship for students from Sumter County, Georgia, the Peterson Scholarship for Science students, the Robert Marshall Pryor Scholarship for residents of Sumter County, the L.R. Towson Scholarship for Chemistry majors, the Randy & JoAnna Williams Scholarship for Learning Support, the Biology Club Scholarship, the Chemistry Club Scholarship, the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship, the Tammy Lee Fortner Scholarship, the Julia Baker Isakson Scholarship, the Frances Wynn Patrick Scholarship for Nursing, the John Monroe Prance Scholarship, the John Emory Rylander Scholarship for Nursing, the Lula F. Stephens Scholarship, the Jenny Harrison Strange Scholarship, the Roy Lee and Susan Smith Free Enterprise Scholarship, the Wheatley Community University Fellowships, the Wheatley Continuing Student Scholarships, the Wheatley Leadership Scholarship, the Watson Scholarship, the Weston Scholarship, the Dudley Voice Scholarship, the Cooper Lighting Scholarship, and the Joan Smith Scholarship. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Several types of part-time employment are available through Georgia Southwestern State University.

Federal Work Study

Work Study employment, a federally funded program, is available to students with established financial need (based upon the application for Financial Aid) at the time of their initial enrollment or thereafter. Family income is the primary basis for determining eligibility. Satisfactory academic progress and work performance are required.

Under present arrangements, a student may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular semester. Since the student earns this amount by working, it is not repaid.

Work Aid

Work Aid, a locally funded program of part-time employment, is available on a limited basis. Students are selected for these positions on the basis of skills in certain areas as well as need. Students should report to the Career Services Office for applications.

The rate of pay is minimum wage and payment is by check each month.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in some departments. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the appropriate school or office. For additional information, see the section on Graduate Studies.

Part-Time Employment

The Career Services Office maintains a list of jobs available in the community. Any student interested in part-time work should file an application.

OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID

The Ty Cobb Educational Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available to single residents of the state of Georgia who have completed the freshman year of college with high academic standing (at least 3.3 GPA). Address inquiries to the Ty Cobb Foundation, P.O. Box 725, Forest Park, Georgia 30051. The deadline for applications is May 1.

Financial Aid Policies

Georgia Southwestern State University administers its financial aid program in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws and regulations. Specifically, the financial aid policies are listed below:

  1. To receive any Federal financial aid, a student must maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree as determined by Federal standards. Among other requirements, Federal standards generally define "satisfactory progress toward graduation" as passing 67% of all academic work attempted during an academic year. For students who fail to meet these standards, their financial aid will be terminated. They will not be eligible to receive further aid until such time they have corrected the deficiency at their own expense.
  2. To receive Federal aid, the student must not owe a refund on previous Federal grants or be in default on a Federal student loan.
  3. When the student is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, the financial aid package is built around this grant. If the student is eligible for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), this grant is added next. Loans and/or employment are added in an attempt to fill the remaining need.
  4. Refunds are made in accordance with the schedule in the current University Bulletin. Any refund from a Federal source will be returned to that fund in the appropriate order.

More information on financial aid may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, room 207, Sanford Hall. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 12noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer hours may vary. Please call 229-928-1378 to determine schedule for summer hours.

VETERANS' BENEFITS

Georgia Southwestern State University is approved for the educational training of veterans and certain eligible spouses and dependents of veterans. The institution serves only as a source of certification and information to the Veterans Administration as all financial transactions and eligibility determinations are handled directly between the student and the VA. Veterans and other eligible persons interested in obtaining educational benefits must meet all applicable requirements for admission as outlined in this bulletin. After being officially admitted to the University, the veteran or eligible person should contact the Veteran Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office for information concerning application procedures and educational benefits. Additional information about eligibility may be obtained by calling the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.