College Application Process
Transcript Request Process
To request that a transcript be sent to a college fill out a "Transcript Request Form.” Forms are located in main and upper school offices or can be accessed here.
>> Click Here to Download the Transcript Request Form.
Be sure to include correct address of college/organization and include any special instructions that the college requires (mail transcript AND senior schedule, mail transcript AND fill out a Counselor Evaluation Form, et cetera).
Submit your Transcript Request Form to main or upper school office. The guidance office will send the transcript request and any additional forms you desire to the college(s) of your choice. Colleges have different preferences on how they want to receive transcripts and documents. If the college you are applying to has specific directions note that in your instructions to the guidance office. If you include an email address, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that the transcript has been sent.
Financial aid consists of any funding intended to help students pay for post-secondary education expenses in the form of grants, loans, work study or scholarships
Sources of funding:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- State Government (HOPE, ZELL)
- Institution (College)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Need based (grades not considered) and awards based on Estimated Family Contribution EFC)
- Pell Grants, FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
- Work Study, Loans
- October of 12th grade – complete the FAFSA 4 Caster at www.fafsa.ed.gov to get estimate of financial aid eligibility
- January of 12th grade – complete FAFSA
- Uses prior-prior (two years ago) federal tax returns
- Must file electronic taxes at least 3 weeks prior to filling out FAFSA for upload
- Must request a PIN # well in advance of completing FAFSA and signing electronically
- Calculates financial need
- Must be renewed each academic year
- There are scam sites that require payment to fill out FAFSA…..DO NOT DO THIS! FAFSA is free. Official site is www.fafsa.ed.gov
- If you complete FAFSA you are automatically registered for HOPE
Zell Miller Scholarship
- Must be a legal resident of Georgia
- 3.7 Core GPA and at least a 1200 on M/V of SAT or at least 26 on composite score on ACT in ONE test sitting, or VAL/SAL from eligible high school
- Will pay 100% tuition (public college), mandatory fees and books no longer covered
HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally)
- Must be a legal resident of Georgia
- 3.0 Core GPA–CP/CPD diploma or 3.2 Core GPA-general diploma
- HOPE GPA (core only) is different than PACS (overall GPA on transcript)
- Currently pays approximately 88% of previous year's tuition, subject to change each year, mandatory fees and books no longer covered
- Student must maintain a 3.0 at all checkpoints once in college
How to apply for HOPE/ZELL?
- Complete a GSFAPPS electronic HOPE application through www.GAcollege411.org Go to “Financial Aid Planning” (top) and then go to “Applications” (green line) then “Start GSFAPPS” and filling in the needed information – OR-
- By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - this type of aid is awarded based on the family’s income. This application can also be found on the “Applications” page through www.gafutures.org . Completing the FAFSA also will enable the college to consider you for other financial aid programs in addition to HOPE/Zell.
- 30, 60, 90 HOPE/Zell checkpoints in college
- Students can only lose and regain HOPE/Zell ONCE.
- HOPE can be used for a maximum attempted hours or 7 years after High School Graduation
- For the most current information on the HOPE, the ZELL MILLER and the TEG (Tuition Equalization Grant) see the Georgia Student Finance Commission website http://www.gsfc.org or www.gafutures.org
- Incoming first year students (undergraduate admissions) - unique to that particular college
- Ask college Financial Aid Office