Starting this summer, any student wishing to qualify for state financial aid in Georgia must apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA.
The new guidelines apply to more than a dozen state financial aid programs, including but not limited to, the Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships. Previously those students wishing to apply only had to go through the Georgia Student Finance Application.
The Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission told WTOC under state law, his office is required to verify the lawful presence in the United States of any applicant wishing to receive a state benefit. One of the ways they could do that is by requiring each applicant to complete and sign a notarized statement attesting to citizenship, and provide two additional documents. The second option, having each student fill out a FAFSA form, benefits the 50% of students who receive state aid and fill out a FAFSA.
For more information on the switch, click here.
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