FAFSA Step-by-Step

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Step-by-Step Guide: Creating a FAFSA Account


  • The 2023–2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form will be available in December 2023 (not October 1).

    The FAFSA Form can be completed through the myStudentAid mobile app or fafsa.gov. Each family with a college-bound senior must complete this form for colleges to determine financial assistance and scholarships. The deadline for submission is determined by the school to which you are applying.

FAFSA and HOPE Scholarships

  • Seniors applying to college should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. Colleges need this information to determine eligibility for grants, loans, and student work programs. 

HOPE/Zell Miller Grants

  • Georgia's HOPE and Zell Miller Grants (a separate program from the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships) are available to Georgia residents who are working towards a certificate or diploma (continuing education programs are not eligible) at an eligible college or university in Georgia.

    Full-time enrollment in a certificate or diploma program is not required, and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA; however, they must have a 2.0 postsecondary Calculated HOPE GPA (3.5 for Zell Miller Grant) at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.

    For more information on the HOPE and Zell Miller Grants, visit GAFutures.org / HOPE & State Aid Programs / HOPE & Zell Miller Grants.


  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application used to apply for federal or state-supported financial aid to pay for a college education. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easy and provides you with access to the largest source of financial aid available.

    Financial aid covers expenses like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other college-related expenses. The FAFSA can be used to determine eligibility for:

    • Federal Student Aid – Pell Grants and student loans.

    • State Financial Aid – HOPE Scholarship and Grant programs.

    • Institutional Financial Aid – Institutional Scholarships offered by a college.

    • Private Financial Aid – Private Scholarships provided by businesses or other organizations.

    You may choose any of these methods to file a FAFSA form:

    • Log in at fafsa.gov to apply online or

    • Fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) or

    • Complete a paper copy (note: you must print out and mail the FAFSA PDF for processing) or

    • Request a print-out of the FAFSA PDF by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913); then fill out the form and mail it for processing

    For FAFSA help visit their help site. 

    Georgia Student Finance Commission

    Georgia Student Finance Commission is here to assist as well. Please contact Ms. Adrienne Langford at alangford@gsfc.org or


    Schedule an Appointment  


HOPE/Zell Miller GPA

  • Seniors can check their HOPE eligibility through their GAFutures.org account. If you do not have one, sign up at GAFutures.org where a student's GPA can be found. Currently, the GPA is calculated on grades earned through 11th grade. The calculation will be updated in January with first-semester grades, then again in June with second-semester grades.

    For more information on HOPE eligibility, visit GAFutures.org / HOPE & State Aid Programs / HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships.