Georgia State University College of Law
There are many types of financial aid available from the Georgia State University College of Law that can assist you in covering the costs of your legal education. The major sources of funding that may be available to you include: scholarships, tuition waivers, Federal Stafford Loans and Grad Plus Loans, as well as private Educational Loans. Scholarships and tuition waivers are administered within the College of Law.
Students who have never filed a FAFSA should first apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA and speeds up the application process. After receiving a PIN, complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Remember your PIN because the FAFSA must be renewed every year! If you are a renewal applicant and you don’t remember your PIN, you may find it online at www.pin.ed.gov.
To apply for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online on the FAFSA website (www.fafsa.ed.gov). The FAFSA is available online starting in January of each year. The FAFSA application must be completed each year to receive aid for the fall start of each academic year. To have the FAFSA processing center send your results to Georgia State University’s Financial Aid Office, include the Georgia State University school code (001574) on your FAFSA form. Note: You do not have to wait until you are accepted into the university before you apply for financial aid.
Law students who meet federal eligibility requirements may borrow under one or more of the loan programs described below. Eligible students are: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; registered with Selective Service, if required; enrolled at least halftime (6 credits) in a degree-granting program and not in default on any previous borrowed student loans.
Students should have a completed financial aid file on or before April 1 of each year. To ensure your FAFSA application is in our office before April 1, you should complete the application six to eight weeks in advance.
Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loan Program – Students may borrow up to $8,500 each academic year. The aggregate maximum on this loan is $65,500. This loan is based on financial need. Additional information can be obtained at the Federal Student Aid website, www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/student.html.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Program – Students may borrow up to $20,500 each academic year, with a cumulative maximum of $138,500. This loan is not based on need; therefore, the interest on this loan accrues while students are in school. Additional information can be obtained at the Federal Student Aid website, www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DirectLoan/student.html.
The application for GSU students can be found on PAWS under the Financial Aid Menu.
Private Loans (these loans are credit based) – Also known as Alternative or Commercial Loans, these loans help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the amount the government allows you to borrow. Private loans are offered by many lending institutions; terms and conditions may vary significantly. Note: If receiving aid through any of these programs, keep in mind the amount approved cannot exceed the total cost of education, less student contribution and financial aid. For more detailed information on all of the above financial aid programs and eligibility requirements for law students, please refer to www.gsu.edu/financialaid
GSU Scholarships and Tuition Waivers
These are administered within the GSU College of Law.
FastWeb.com is a good source for external scholarship information.
These students should contact their home institution regarding financial aid.