Financial Aid

FAFSA-numberGeorgia State Law is committed to helping you overcome financial obstacles to obtaining your legal education. Major sources of financial aid include scholarships, tuition waivers, federal Stafford Loans and Grad Plus Loans, as well as private educational loans. Scholarships and tuition waivers are administered within Georgia State Law.

Applying for Federal Aid

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA – is required for any federal aid. The application is available online beginning in January. To ensure the university receives your results, input the Georgia State University school code, 001574, on your application when prompted.

We must receive the results of your aid application by April 1; we encourage you to complete the online FAFSA by Feb. 15.

If you have never filed a FAFSA, apply for a personal identification number first. Your PIN will speed up the application authorization process. Your FAFSA must be renewed each year using your PIN. You can retrieve it at

Acceptance to the Georgia State Law program is not a prerequisite for filling out the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA online.

To be eligible for federal aid, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • registered with Selective Service, if required;
  • enrolled at least half time (six credits) in a degree-granting program;
  • not in default on any previous borrowed student loans.

Types of Aid

  • Graduate students only are eligible for a $20,500 unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
  • Federal direct unsubsidized student loans aren’t based on financial need and will accrue interest while you’re in school. Students may borrow up to $20,500 each academic year, with a cumulative maximum of $138,500.
  • Ford Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans are credit-based with an interest rate of 6.4 percent and managed by the U.S. Department of Education. Grad PLUS loans provide graduate and professional students with additional funds for educational expenses not met by other types of aid. Your FAFSA must be on file to be eligible for this type of loan. Apply in PAWS, Georgia State’s web portal (links follow below).
  • Private loans are credit-based and also known as alternative or commercial loans. These loans bridge the gap between the amount the government allows you to borrow and your educational costs. Many lending institutions offer private loans; terms and conditions can vary significantly. The loan amount approved cannot exceed the total cost of education, minus student contribution and financial aid.
  • Georgia State University scholarships and tuition waivers are administered within Georgia State Law.
  • Outside scholarships are available from a number of sources. Check for external scholarship information.

Note: Guest and visiting students should contact their home institutions about financial aid.

What Happens Next

Once the school receives your processed FAFSA, award processing begins, so check your Georgia State email for important messages. Unresolved requirements will appear in your PAWS account. Check it often.

  • Submit all required documents (for example, student-signed federal tax returns, Selective Service papers) to the university Financial Aid office no later than 10 business days from the initial date of request.
  • Log into PAWS to accept or decline awarded aid that appears with an “offered” status.
  • Log into PAWS/GoSolar. Click Financial Aid, then “Award Information Menu.” Select “Award by Aid Year” to view this year’s awards.
  • Complete the required loan entrance counseling for your first loan with Georgia State.
  • Complete the loan promissory note for your first accepted loan.
  • Determine whether your awarded aid covers your charges. You’re responsible for paying the balance by the dates the university establishes.
  • Familiarize yourself with Georgia State payment deadlines.
  • Visit the university’s Financial Aid website for FAQs and additional information.