Advice on Financial Aid
The financial aid process isn't terrible, but it's not a breeze, either. Most of the aid that's requested and granted to students is federal rather than from the school. Since it's a publicly funded institution, GSU is pretty stingy on giving out financial aid and rarely gives out large aid packages. Some students get help with student fees or books (or more if you're an out-of-state student), but for the most part, students are either here with loans, the state-sponsored HOPE Scholarship, or academic/athletic scholarships. The paperwork involved with applying for aid can be lengthy and require a lot of visits to different offices around campus, and, in order to sit down with a financial aid advisor, students have to go through the University's One Stop Shop and get a referral first. All of this can be a pain-and you might get a few different answers, so try to do research beforehand-but it's worth it if you can get your textbooks or student fees covered by the school.