Transfer Applicants: Financial Aid

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With outstanding new facilities, a rapidly rising academic profile, and an increasingly diverse learning community, UGA has soared into the ranks of the nation’s most elite public universities.  Yet a UGA education continues to be one of the most affordable in the country. That’s why respected sources such as Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, and U.S. News & World Report agree that the University of Georgia is one of the best educational investments you can make.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance is located at our Tuition and Cost of Attending page. This cost is based on a 9-month term and is subject to change, and is estimated by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Students classified as non-residents who believe they should be designated as Georgia residents for in-state tuition should go to the Georgia Residency page for more information.

Note: Cost of attendance is not applicable to eRate online programs

Need-Based Financial Aid

The first step in applying for need-based financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available as of October 1st of your senior year in high school. Grants, loans and work-study employment will be awarded based on need. The priority consideration date for filing the FAFSA is December 15th. We suggest you submit your FAFSA forms as soon as possible to be eligible for consideration for all available need-based aid programs. Approximately 34% of UGA students were awarded need-based aid during the previous year.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by calculating the difference between the amount your family is expected to contribute to your college education and the cost of attending the University of Georgia. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an evaluation of the parents’ and students’ income and assets, with adjustments made for the number of family members and the number of students in college. We invite you to find out more about Financial Aid at UGA.

The Georgia HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship covers the majority of tuition for Georgia residents graduating from a Georgia High School with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their core college-prep curriculum. Students who expect to enroll at the University of Georgia should complete the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS). This is the only time this form must be completed; in subsequent years the HOPE scholarship will be automatically renewed as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA on all attempted college course hours. The GAfutures website provides general information about the program, as well as the requirements for maintaining the Scholarship.

Goizueta Foundation Scholarships

In conjunction with UGA’s Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Admissions also awards three Goizueta Foundation Scholarships annually to students who are fluent in Spanish and who are in need of financial assistance. Recipients receive $3,000 per year toward their cost of attendance. Eligible students must demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken Spanish, have family who currently reside in the United States, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid. Applications will be made available January 1. The postmark deadline is March 20th. For more information, please contact Cindy Boyles, Admissions Counselor and Assistant to Scholarships, at or (706) 542-2112.

The Academic Common Market

Financial Assistance for Students from Specific States in Special Majors

Residents of 15 states in the Southeast have the opportunity to pursue certain unique majors at UGA while paying in-state tuition if those majors are not offered in their home state. At the present time, UGA students are pursuing majors in music therapy, genetics, landscape architecture and dance education through the Academic Common Market. Please refer to the Southern Regional Education Board for a detailed and up-to-date listing of majors available through this cooperative agreement.

Many academic departments also administer their own scholarship programs, so we suggest you directly contact the department of your major for more information.

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