While it’s true that a college education comes with a price tag, financial aid can help you confidently pursue your educational goals without having to taking on financial burdens after college! Valdosta State University offers many different funding opportunities that can help finance your college education. Scholarships, grants, fellowships, loans – you name it, and the Office of Financial Aid can help you! In order to get you started, we’ve outlined some of the main information you’ll want to be aware of before heading to college.
First and foremost – the Free Application for Federal Aid (FASFA). Let’s chat about it.
- The FASFA is super important! You’ll want to complete this application annually to receive financial aid. Most students will need to list their parent or guardian information, even if you no longer living at home or do not claim your parents. In order for a student to not include their parents on the application, they would need to qualify as an independent student (above the age of 24, married, veteran, and a few other qualifications). Learn more about dependency here: https://bit.ly/1KMljfA
The Hope/Zell Miller Scholarships are an excellent resource for Georgia residents.
- Even if a student’s grades will qualify them for one of these scholarships, the student will still need to fill out a Hope Application Form for it to be applied to their student account.
Scholarships are offered year-round!
- This means that Valdosta State University provides financial aid (scholarship, Pell, and loans) during the summer semester. Whoop, whoop!
Valdosta State University offers subsidized and unsubsidized loans for students.
- When a student is ready to accept any loans, they will need to follow the correct steps in order to have those loans credited to their account. These steps may include a few federal loan agreements, such as signing a Master Promissory Note.
There are opportunities for those with parents in the military to receive various scholarships.
- If a student is the child or dependent of a military member or veteran, it is possible they may qualify for VA benefits that could help pay for, or offset, the cost of attendance. Be sure to do your research to see if you qualify for those scholarships.
You can use other means besides financial aid to pay for college.
- There are alternate ways to pay for a student’s education other than financial aid. These alternatives include Nelnet, payment programs, and short-term loans and are handled by the Bursary. Learn more about the various ways to pay for your tuition on the Bursary’s website.
Have other questions? Contact Financial Aid at 229-333-5935 or visit their website to learn more today!