Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial Aid/Hope Session Hosted by Georgia Student Finance Commission
Join the guidance department and a representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission to learn more about the HOPE Scholarship and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
GCA's Financial Aid Night
The financial aid application process begins on October 1!
Join us and learn more about:
- The financial aid process
- The FAFSA form
Click here for recording.
Top 11 hints for the scholarship process:
- Spell-check and grammar-check are your best friends! NEVER send out an application without proofreading it thoroughly.
- Complete your Senior Profile [PDF] NOW and email a copy to your counselor and any other teachers you may need a recommendation letter from.
- Students tend to avoid scholarship applications that require an essay. That means less competition for you! Apply for any you qualify for.
- Start searching for scholarships NOW using the "Scholarship Links" as well as the "Other Scholarship Resources."
- Avoid any scholarships that ask for a fee to apply. Chances are they are not legitimate.
- Check for scholarship opportunities on the financial aid websites for the colleges you are applying to.
- Students tend to avoid applying for smaller scholarships. Those small ones add up quickly! Apply for those, too.
- BRAG about yourself! Now is the time to tell others what makes you special and unique. This is true for scholarship and college applications. They want to know what areas you truly love and what you excel in. Providing lots of information about the activities, jobs, sports, and community service you have been involved in is always a positive! Make them remember you.
- Organize yourself! This is true for scholarship and college applications. Make sure you know what the deadlines are for both and ALWAYS submit applications well before the due date.
- Keep copies of everything you email or mail out. Chances are you will need that information for another application, so having a copy will save you time.
- Some scholarships require the scholarship recipient to apply for Federal Student Aid. It is recommended that applicants complete the FAFSA form. Get in-depth information on federal student aid programs and applying for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The Scholly App
Scholly is an app that is available on your smartphone. There is a small fee involved in getting the app. Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without sign-ups or long forms that ask for your personal information. For more information see their website: https://www.myscholly.com/.
Scholarship Listing [PDF]*
*Although this list contains great opportunities, please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of all scholarship opportunities available to you. It is up to you to research other scholarship options through a variety of resources, including scholarship search engines, colleges and universities, places of employment, and community organizations.
For additional scholarship information please visit the websites below:
Avoiding Scholarship Scams
Scholarship Search Secrets
HOPE Scholarship Rigor Requirements [PDF]
Scholarship Tips for Students
Financial Aid Process
College Budgeting 101
Financial Aid for Students with Learning and Attention Issues