Scholarships and Financial Aid
Listing of current scholarships can be found here
Applications are available in the filing cabinet outside of Mr Guthas' office.
How can I tell if a recognition program is legitimate?
As a parent you may get mail nominating your child for a recognition programs, such as inclusion in a directory of outstanding students. NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) maintains a list of recommended programs at https://www.nassp.org/news-and-resources/nassp-approved-student-programs/
HOPE/ZELL Miller Scholarship
3.0 academic only GPA and 4 "rigorous" courses earns a portion of tuition (currently 90%) at an in-state public school
3.7 academic only GPA and 4 "rigorous: course plus a 1200 on the Critical Reading and Math or a 26 on the ACT earns the Zell Miller Scholarship (full tuition at an in-state public school).
Students can check their HOPE GPA on GAfutures, by logging into https://www.gafutures.org and sign in or creating an account. On the right hand side of the screen select the link that says "Your Hope GPA". As long as the student's last name, ssn, and DOB is included on their GAfutures profile, they will be able to view their HOPE GPA report after their 9th grade year (It takes about 3 weeks after the semester has ended for transcripts to be uploaded). If you print the student detail report, use this guide to interpret it.
All graduates must have 4 courses deemed by the state as "rigorous." These classes DO NOT have to be AP Courses, they can be any class on the rigorous course list.
Applying for HOPE or ZELL can be done in one of 2 ways
Parent Resources about Financial Aid
FAFSA4caster - will allow you to get an estimate of how much federal aid you will qualify for before filing the FAFSA
FAFSA Application Guide - a detailed guide to completing the FAFSA including information on how to use the IRS retrieval tool.
20 Questions to ask aboutFinancial Aid - designed for students but has some excellent questions parents may want to ask Financial Aid Offices
The Cost of College - contains an overview of the different types of aid your student may be offered
Student Loan Ranger - a series of articles about finding and repaying student loans from US News and World Reports
Got a 529 plan for your student? Tips for using 529 funds for first time parents
How to compare colleges based on cost
Once your student receives their financial aid award letters from schools, you can use the following worksheets to automatically calculate costs and compare apples to oranges. Pick the appropriate worksheet(s) depending on if the school is in state or out of state and if your student is receiving HOPE or Zell (look at above qualifications for requirements).
Scholarship Websites - Remember, reputable scholarship organizations and searches will NEVER require a fee. All of these have access to the same free resources you do
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