10 Steps to Apply1. Create a financial aid, notebook or envelope where you keep a copy of all your financial aid information. For each step listed below, make a copy of what you submit to our office or the federal government and keep it in this file.
2. Start researching private scholarships now. Use Fast Web and Scholar Aid; both are free and easy to use. Ask around for other scholarships. Ask at your church office, you and your parents’ employers, civic organizations or businesses. Google “______ scholarships” for the topics you are or are interested in.
3. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. This is a federal government application so have your student and parent’s most recent tax return in hand when you are ready to complete this form. When you complete the FAFSA, you will need to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will use this number every time you apply for financial aid. Keep this PIN in your records. Also, if you wish to receive HOPE, you must complete the GSFAPPS at GACollege411
4. Be admitted to the University of West Georgia. Contact our Admissions office if you have questions regarding the status of your Admissions application.
5. Submit verification documents requested from our office. Some students do not need to take this step. IF you have to complete this step, we will send you a letter telling you which documents to complete. You may have to submit copies of your tax returns, birth certificate or marriage certificate. The sooner you get this information to us, the quicker you will get to Step 6!
6. We will mail you an award letter. Your first year will be the only year you receive a paper award letter in the mail from us. The award letter will tell you what types of financial aid you may receive. Some forms of aid require you to take additional steps. These will be outlined in the award letter. If you receive an award that includes a student loan and you do not wish to take it, you may cancel this on our website http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2774.phpl.
If you find you need assistance with these steps or have other questions, contact the Department of Financial Aid. Our office will contact you via the U.S. Postal Service until you have attended Orientation. After you attend one of the Orientation sessions or are enrolled, we will then contact you only through your new UWG email account.