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Financial Aid


Grants are aid that does not have to be repaid.

Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG):

Beginning 2010-2011, a student who is not Pell eligible and whose parent or guardian died during service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2011, may be eligible to receive the Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG). The parent or guardian must have been a member of the United State Armed forces. The student must be enrolled at least half-time and the student must be less than 24 years old or enrolled in post secondary program when the parent or guardian died.

Federal Pell Grant:

Pell Grants are awarded only to students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree.
(A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as pharmacy or dentistry.) To determine if you are eligible financially, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report contains this number and will advise if you are eligible. How much you receive will depend not only on your EFC but on your cost of attendance, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. The Pell Grant can be credited to your school account, paid directly to you, or a combination thereof. This type of Federal Aid does not have to be repaid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

FSEOG is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need--that is, students with the lowest EFC. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. An FSEOG does not have to be repaid.

HOPE Grant:

Available to certificate-seeking Georgia residents and eligible military personnel, spouses, and dependents. Beginning fall 2011, students are required to have a 2.0 or higher GPA at certain HOPE Grant Paid-Hour checkpoints. .

The HOPE Grant is based upon a per hour rate not to exceed the standard tuition rate or the student's tuition charged. The HOPE Grant is reduced by other assistance applied solely to the student's tuition.

Students seeking the HOPE Grant should complete either a GSFAPP or a FAFSA for processing by tyhe financial aid team. 

HOPE Career Grant

The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. These industries have been identified as strategically important to the state's economic growth.  To find out if your program of study is eligible, please check here

TEACH Grant:

The new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4000 per year to full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in eligible CSU programs of study who intend to teach in an approved public or private elementary or secondary school serving low-income students. TEACH Grant recipients attending less than full-time will have their grant reduced. Students must agree to serve four academic years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field at an eligible school. To qualify for a TEACH Grant, students must meet and maintain academic requirements of a 3.25 gpa or score above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test. The gpa requirements do not apply to graduate students who are current teachers or retirees. Failure to complete the service obligation will result in the TEACH Grant funds converting to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest charged from the date the grant was disbursed.

For a full description of TEACH Grant eligibility requirements, please see

For a listing of the CSU 2011-2012 eligible programs in high-need fields,
call 706-568-2191 to discuss the eligible teaching programs at CSU.

For the directory of schools serving low-income students, please see

To begin the TEACH Grant application process:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and submit any requested documents.
  2. Complete the “TEACH Grant initial and subsequent counseling” available online at Do not complete the Agreement to Serve until instructed by the Financial Aid Office.
  3. If you scored above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test, provide a
    copy of the admissions test results to the TEACH Grant coordinator in the Financial Aid

Once these steps are completed, the Financial Aid Office will review the student's eligibility and advise of any additional actions needed.