Office of Financial Aid

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YES, YOU CAN PAY FOR COLLEGE.

It’s easier than you think and we’re here to show you how.

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The FAFSA

The vast majority of students in the United States pay for college through federal student loans or grants, and to receive federal aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Everyone applying for any type of aid at Fort Valley State University has to complete this application. You (and your parents) are just showing the government and the university how much help you need by providing household and income information.

Don’t worry, once you have all the information you need to provide, completing the application can take as little as 30 minutes.

VERY IMPORTANT DATES

Applying for aid is way easier if you stick by some important dates.

  • October 1: You can begin applying for aid using the FAFSA.
  • March 1: New and returning FVSU students who have completed their FAFSA by this date will receive processing priority.
  • April 30: Deadline for completing your FAFSA if you are enrolling in the fall semester.
  • June 1: Deadline for completing your FAFSA if you are enrolling in the spring semester.

TYPES OF AID

Generally, there are four types of aid:

  • Grants- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on need, meaning the gap between what your family can afford to pay and how much it costs to attend college. Grants may provide some or all of your need. Learn more.
  • Scholarships- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on merit, meaning achievement like your G.P.A. or leadership accomplishments, your answers to essay questions, or how well you fit the special criteria of the donor. Learn more.
  • Loans- money you do have to pay back, but not right away. When you take out a loan, you have to pay it back with interest over a period of time once you complete your education. Most student loans come from the federal government, but there may be times when you need to take out private loans from a bank or other financial institution. Learn more.
  • Work study- earning money by working part-time jobs (mostly on campus) while you are enrolled. Learn more.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

The financial aid process can seem like a lot to wrap your mind around, but it’s really pretty simple if you understand the steps in process. It’s like walking–just put one foot in front of the other.

1.

>> Complete the FAFSA.

It all starts here. Be ready with your household and financial information, like your parents most recent tax returns, and you can finish in well under one hour.

2.

>> View your Student Aid Report.

Three to five days after your complete your FAFSA, the federal government will email with instructions to find out how much money you are eligible for.

3.

>> Verify.

Sometimes, the federal government may want you to resubmit some information which they don’t quite understand. Don’t stress. Lots of applicants are asked for “verification.”

4.

>> Come back here.

Come back to FVSU’s financial aid website to stay on top of your important dates.

 

5.

>> Official Aid Notification.

FVSU will let you know precisely how much money you have been awarded through the MyFVSU portal (my.fvsu.edu). You will need your official FVSU email address.

6.

>> Accept the terms.

Agree to the terms and conditions associated with the money you have been awarded and accept your award offer.

7.

>> Get loan counseling.

If this is your first time receiving federal loans, you have to complete online counseling to make sure that you understand what you are agreeing to.

8.

>> Apply your aid.

Use your aid to pay for college and other expenses like books, room, and board.

Read more about the steps for applying for financial aid here.


WATCH AND LEARN

It’s understandable if you have questions about the financial aid process. After all, although FVSU is one of the most affordable schools in the nation, paying for college isn’t something you do everyday. Here are videos to answer more questions you may have.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Watch: What is an EFC?

Explore more about the Expected Family Contribution here.

Appeals
(Current Students)

Watch: What is an appeal?

Explore more about financial aid appeals and satisfactory academic progress here.

More videos…

Watch: How do I renew my FAFSA application?

Explore more videos on a wide range of topics here.