Federal Pell Grants are awarded by the Federal Government, and unlike loans, students do not have to repay awarded amounts. The amount of aid you can receive depends on several factors including: your financial needs, the cost of attendance at UGA, legal guardians expected family contributions (EFC), enrollment status (full-time or part-time), and whether you plan to attend for the full academic year. The amount awarded varies from year to year.
FAFSA is FREE to complete. We suggest everyone file a form. You never know what you may qualify for.
To apply for Pell Grant, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you’re eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you’ll receive a letter of award notifying you of the amount you qualify for. Usually, UGA will apply Pell Grants to your school costs, and then pay you directly through disimbursements.
Filling out your FAFSA is a straightforward process; however, it requires you gather some information beforehand. You will first need to get a FSA ID, username and password to sign on electronically to the forms.
You will need the following information to complete the application:
- Your Social Security number
- Your parent’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student (which you most likely are dependent on your legal guardians for support through undergrad)
- Your driver’s license number (if you have one)
- Your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Federal tax information or tax returns for you and for your legal guardian if you are a dependent student.
- FAFSA allows you to directly link your legal guardians tax returns directly to the application if you have their Social Security numbers by utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then click Link To IRS to transfer your tax return information from the IRS Web site into your FAFSA.
- Record of your untaxed income for you and your legal guardians if you are a dependent student
- Information on cash, savings and checking accounts, investments, and business assets for you and your legal guardians if you are a dependent student
- UGA’s Federal School Code: 001598
International students will need to file the 2015-16 International Student-Athlete Needs Analysis Form.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Miles or Leigh Futch. For additional information on FAFSA and other forms of financial aid, contact the UGA Financial Aid Office or visit the Federal Student Aid’s guide to FAFSA.