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Georgia Tech Financial Aid Essay

Statement: Applicants for Federal Student Aid programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App) annually. The CSS Profile is currently only required for incoming freshmen who are also seeking need-based assistance from Georgia Tech funds. Undergraduates who are Georgia residents and seeking only the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship programs are annually required to complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App), but are not required to complete the FAFSA or the CSS Profile, and may instead choose to submit the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) form to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) in lieu of completing the FAFSA. 

What do prospective freshmen need to know and consider when applying for Financial Aid at Georgia Tech?

Prospective freshmen apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial aid by completing these applications:

  1. Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid
  2. FAFSA (Georgia Tech's Title IV school code is 001569)
  3. CSS PROFILE  This requirement applies to students applying by January 31 for institutional funds (scholarships, grants, loans) with need as a criterion. (Georgia Tech's CSS code is 5248) - Not required for students applying for Federal funds only or HOPE/Zell Miller only.

The priority filing date to be considered for need-based aid awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT OSFA) for the 2018-2019 academic year is JANUARY 31, 2018.

To be considered an “on-time” applicant, all three financial aid applications, as well as any requested documentation, must be received and complete by January 31st.  GT OSFA will continue to accept late applications and documentation after the priority date, however, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit their completed applications and documentation as soon as possible so we can determine eligibility for other types of aid.

PLEASE NOTEFor students only wanting to receive their HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship and no other financial aid, only completion of the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) are required.

More detailed information about the application process and next steps can be found at Application Steps.

Optimal Timeline During Senior Year of High School
July - SeptemberStart researching outside/private scholarships.

Begin completing financial aid applications. All applications will be available on October 1st.

1. The 2018-2019 FAFSA (*now requires the use of income from an earlier tax year; please use 2016 tax information)
2. The Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App)

October 15Last day to submit Admission Application for Early Action to be considered for the Stamps President's Scholars Program and Provost Scholarship (merit scholarships).
JanuaryThe Alumni Association reaches out to prospective students who may qualify for 'Network Scholarships'.
January 1The last day to apply for Regular Decision freshman admission for the following summer/fall term.
January 31Priority deadline for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to receive FAFSA, GT App and CSS PROFILE. Any supporting documentation requested by our office must also be submitted by this date. This deadline applies to prospective incoming freshman applicants to be considered for institutional funds (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans) with financial need as a criterion.
February - MarchContinue to research and apply for outside scholarships.
Mid-AprilOur office will begin notifying freshman of their Award Notices. Students will receive email messages to view these Notices via Buzzport.
May 1Admission and Housing deposits deadline.
July 31Final Deadline for receipt of GT App and FAFSA for Federal and State aid to receive an award notice in time for fall fee payment deadline. Note: students may continue to apply for aid on a reimbursement basis after this date. Contact OSFA with questions about timing.
Institutional Funds

Essentially all institutional funds (grants and scholarships) offered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid are awarded to students with financial need in addition to demonstrated academic merit and, in some cases, additional criteria.

Additional funding sources and strategies for meeting costs

Outside scholarships and/or participating in co-op work experiences help many students offset the cost of attendance. For non-Georgia resident students, participating in a study abroad program may help lower costs for 1-2 terms.

Cost and ROI

In addition to considering cost, it's important to look at the potential return on investment of a given education.


Each student and family should carefully evaluate loan options and determine what makes sense for them. A prudent level of borrowing may make an otherwise unattainable education possible and may be regarded as an investment by many families. 

Page last reviewed/updated 1/30/18

F-1 and J-1 students are required by law to provide evidence of financial support sufficient to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for their degree program as a first step to be issued the immigration form I-20 or DS-2019. While the expectation is that the student will be financially capable of paying tuition and living in the U.S. on the funds demonstrated, the OIE is aware that financial circumstances can change. The information in this section of the website is intended to provide information on financial resources available to international students at Georgia Tech both at the time of admission or if you experience financial hardship and would like to consider different financial options to complete your degree at GT. Please review the information below and come speak to an international student advisor during walk-in hours if you have follow up questions.

On-Campus Employment

Traditional on campus employment will not cover the costs of tuition and living expenses.  On campus employment should be viewed as an opportunity for students to use existing skills, learn new skills and earn some money to suppliment the funds that are already available to pay for tuition and living expenses. Any job on campus that is paid by Georgia Tech or by a firm that provides services for Georgia Tech students (e.g., a job at a restaurant in the Student Center, or at the Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech Bookstore) is considered to be on-campus employment. 

F students: Any F student in good standing is eligible to work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session, or full-time (more than 20 hours/week) over school breaks and summer vacation. 

  • No formal authorization is required, but you MUST be maintaining F-1 status and will need a letter from an advisor to get a SSN. F students can request an SSN letter in iStart using the SSN Letter Request for F-1 Students e-form.

J students: Any J student in good standing is eligible to work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session, or full-time (more than 20 hours/week) over school breaks and summer vacation.

  • J students must request authorization using the On-Campus Work Authorization in iStart and will be issued an SSN letter if they do not already have an SSN.

A great way to search for employment on campus is to utilize the Student Center employment resources. Please see their website on working at GT, including the Student Center Jobs Board and the Campus Jobs Board. Many international students also find success is work as a tutor for Student Athlete Services.

International Internship/Co-Op

An international internship or co-op provides students the opportunity to gain experience in their field, determines if they have an interest in a particular career, exposure to cross cultural communication and learning, and academic credit through an international work assignment. An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). The duration can be from 10 weeks to one year.

Students do not pay tuition when they complete an international internship/co-op.

More information about Global Internships.

Study Abroad @Georgia Tech

Out of State Students pay the in-state tuition rate +$651 GT Campus Technology Fee/Board of Regents Fee + a $250 out of state fee for most programs.

Note that for Georgia Tech Lorraine, students pay the in-state tuition rate+651 GT Campus Technology Fee/Board of Regents Fee + a $3,500 out of state fee.

Find more information about GT’s study abroad programs at

Georgia Tech Financial Aid Information

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid programs, and institutional scholarships administered by GT Financial Aid are often not awarded to international students due to donor requests. International graduate students should contact the Graduate Coordinator for their academic department to request information on available funding.

Privately funded loan programs are available to international students, but most require a co-signer who is a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent U.S. address. The GT Financial Aid Office works with students to coordinate these loan programs. Please visit for more information.

International students who have an unforeseen financial situation may be eligible for the Emergency Tuition Loan administered by the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of each semester.  These loans are available on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid. 

The GT Office of Financial Aid also recommends these possible solutions:

  1. Work directly with the bursar's office if there is a small delay in payment (i.e. an international wire payment is taking longer than expected).

  2. Payroll deductions for graduate assistants

  3. Take advantage of the Bursar's payment plan. For more information, visit

Scholarships and Financial Assistance Resources for International Students

"NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education." The NAFSA website provides tools to search for scholarship and funding for international students with non-immigrant visas. While you should conduct your own search of resources available from NAFSA's website, please see the following two websites in regarding to financing an education in the U.S.

Additional resources to include in your search of funding for international students studying in the U.S.:

Loans through U.S. Lending Institutions

Many U.S. lenders allow international students to receive loans from them, but these loans typically require a U.S. cosigner. If you will pursue this type of loan, please do your research to ensure that both you and your U.S. cosigner are aware of all benefits and restrictions.

Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund

The Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund was set up in support of Mrs. Clough's passion to help international students experiencing unexpected and non-recurring financial obstacles. Funds from the Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund may be used for two different purposes:

  • Emergency funding for international students experiencing a situation that is critical in nature.
  • Participation in an academic or leadership conference that the international student may not otherwise be able to attend.

​For more information and to apply, please use the Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund e-form in iStart found under the Programs and Events menu.

Klemis Kitchen

The Klemis Kitchen operates under the idea that no student at Georgia Tech should go hungry. If you are struggling to finance your next meal, you're invited and encouraged to seek help through Klemis Kitchen:

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver for F Undergraduate Students

Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education is able to administer the undergraduate out-of-state tuition waiver to current students holding F-1 visas and experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties that could prevent students from reaching their academic goals.

Undergraduate out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded to a limited number of students who are able to demonstrate they are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. The waiver is not a scholarship, but rather a way for students to continue their studies during short periods of financial stress. Therefore, this waiver should not be seen as a long-term solution to ongoing financial stress.

F Undergraduate students interested can find more information on the website and apply in iStart. The Undergraduate Out-of-State Tuition Waiver e-form can be found under the Programs and Event menu. Applications for Summer 2018 Waivers will open: February 19th, 2018

Deadline for Summer 2018 Waiver is:

March 16, 2018 @ 4pm

More information can be found at

Off-Campus Employment Authorization Based on Economic Hardship
(available only to F students)

Under certain circumstances, an F-1 student may apply for “off-campus employment based on economic hardship.” Conditions creating this economic hardship include loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault of the student, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, and medical bills or other substantial and unexpected expenses. The above circumstances must be documented.

This authorization is granted through USCIS and takes an average of three months to process. Off-Campus Employment Authorization Based on Economic Hardship should not be considered a quick alternative, but rather should be part of a long-term plan to complete your degree.

For more information, please speak with an International Student Advisor.