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Paying For College

Paying for college and navigating the financial aid process can be scary and confusing. Georgia Southern wants to be as transparent as possible with the cost of attendance and our staff want to help you through the aid process. Please use the links and timeline below to assist you in planning for this important expense.


Junior Year of High School

Have a conversation about what your family can afford to contribute annually, semesterly, monthly to a college education. Consider tuition and fees, books, room and board, spending money, transportation, etc.

Senior Year of High School

  • September/October: Review the cost of attendance and breakdown of cost for Georgia Southern. Consider how this compares to other schools of interest and your family’s ability to contribute financially.
  • October 1st: The FAFSA will be available. You will use official information from the student and family’s prior year tax information. So on October 1, 2018, you can use 2017 tax information. It is important to use official information as submitted to the IRS to prevent errors and ensure an accurate award. Be sure to list Georgia Southern on your list of colleges.
  • November 1st: Priority deadline for academic scholarships at Georgia Southern.
  • February 1st: Final deadline for academic scholarships at Georgia Southern.
  • March/April: If you completed the FAFSA and listed Georgia Southern, expect information from the Office of Financial Aid about your award. You may be asked to submit additional information for FAFSA verification purposes (about 30% of students will be asked to do this).
  • August: Your Georgia Southern bill, which includes tuition, fees, residence hall, and dining plan, is due on the first day of classes.

Additional Tips

  • It’s okay to call a Financial Aid counselor with questions! They are there to assist you with the process. 912-478-5413
  • Georgia Southern has limited need-based aid for students. Contact your Admissions Counselor to discuss your situation and if you may qualify.
Transfer Students

Below are some important tips to help transfer students through the financial aid process.

  • Once you have been admitted to Georgia Southern, contact your current school and have all remaining financial aid canceled.
  • Update your current year FAFSA to include Georgia Southern University’s federal school code, 001572.
  • Contact your the Office of Financial Aid to see if additional information is required to complete your award.
  • If you need a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), your parent applicant must complete a separate PLUS application.
  • Georgia Southern University participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Student loans are awarded if you indicated you were interested in receiving student loans.
  • Loans received at your current school during the same academic year will be considered in reviewing your eligibility for additional loans in the same academic year. Students are prohibited from receiving more than their annual loan limit during an academic year, regardless of transfer.
  • Check with your current lender(s) to find out if you need to complete an in-school deferment form. Enrollment certification can be printed from your MyGeorgiaSouthern account.
  • If you are a Georgia Resident and you currently receive the HOPE scholarship at your current institution, all attempted hours in a degree program must be received, evaluated and posted before your HOPE status can be reviewed.
  • February 1st: Priority deadline for transfer academic scholarships at Georgia Southern.
  • May 1st: Final deadline for transfer academic scholarships at Georgia Southern.
  • August: Your Georgia Southern bill, which includes tuition, fees, on-campus housing (if applicable), and dining plan (if applicable), is due on the first day of classes.

Additional Tips

  • It’s okay to call a Financial Aid counselor with questions! They are there to assist you with the process. 912-478-5413
International Students

Studying at a U.S. university or college is costly with very limited financial aid available for international undergraduate students.  It is important that you understand these expenses and have a plan of how you will be able to pay these costs.  For general information about financing U.S. study, visit

Students must have sufficient financial resources to study at Georgia Southern. International students must document available funds to cover at least one year’s educational and living expenses, estimated to be around $37,000 per year.

International students are allowed to work on campus but should not expect employment to be a significant means of financial support. U.S. Federal and state financial aid is not available to international students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded by Georgia Southern to incoming international students.

Estimate of Fees, Fall 2016

International Freshmen, Per Year, at Georgia Southern University

Tuition & Fees (15+ credit hours) $20,536
Housing (private bedroom) $6,320
Meal Plan (Unlimited Blue) $3,450
Health Insurance $2,024
Books & Supplies $1,284
Personal Expenses $3,318
Total Semester Costs $37,652

These fees are provided as a guide and are based on actual rates from the 2015-2016 academic year.  Please use this statement to estimate the cost of attending Georgia Southern for one academic year, but understand that this is not a bill and costs are likely to increase.  Actual fees are assessed when a student attends International SOAR Orientation and registers for classes.

Financial Assistance for International Undergraduates

Georgia Southern offers a limited number of need based and academic scholarships for international students.

International Student Diversity Scholarships

Georgia Southern University recognizes the importance of international education and the benefits of a multicultural student population. To help ensure diversity, Georgia Southern University awards a limited number of out-of-country tuition waivers to undergraduate international students who demonstrate good academic standing, financial need, and commitment to the university and community. Students who receive an International Student Diversity Scholarship pay in-state tuition, an award equal to approximately $12,000 per academic year.

Academic Scholarships for Freshmen

Georgia Southern recognizes academically talented high school students with a variety of academic scholarships or positions in the Honors College. To be considered for these opportunities, students should have demonstrated achievement inside the classroom, outstanding SAT/ACT scores (a 1360+ SAT score (Math + Evidence Based Reading & Writing) or a 27 ACT), leadership experience and extracurricular involvement. International students are considered along with U.S. students for these competitive based scholarships.

Last updated: 12/16/2020