Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Determining Eligibility

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible permanent resident.
  2. Be in compliance with the Academic Requirements for receiving Aid.
  3. Be fully accepted for admission at Georgia College in a degree-seeking program.
  4. Transient students may receive HOPE Scholarship or Zell Miller Scholarship funds, if eligible. Eligibility is determined by the students "home" institution. Payment is made by the "visiting" institution in accordance with HOPE regulations.
  5. Not be in default on any loan or have borrowed in excess of loan limits at any institution.
  6. Not owe a refund on any grant at any institution.
  7. Certify registration with Selective Service, if required.
  8. Demonstrate financial need for need-based programs based on federal and/or state regulations.

Non-degree, transient, conditional, and/or unclassified students are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Stafford Loan, or Federal Direct PLUS.


Effective July 1, 2000, students are ineligible for Title IV federal financial aid funds if convicted of an offense involving the possession of an illegal substance that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the students were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans and/or work-study).

The ineligibility period is:

•     First Offense = 1 year

•     Second Offense = 2 years

•     Third Offense = Indefinite

For convictions involving sale of an illegal substance, the ineligibility period is:

•     First Offense = 2 years

•     Second Offense = Indefinite

A student may regain eligibility by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further details. Report any convictions involving an illegal substance on question #23 of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).