General Eligibilty Requirements

Cost Of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the cost for a student to attend Valdosta State University. The COA is based upon the student's residency and dependency status.  The COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room, board, living expenses and loan fees.  This is the maximum amount of aid that the OFA can award.  Out-of-State students receiving tuition and fee waivers will be awarded using a Georgia Resident COA. Cost of Attendance information on Fees

Established Financial Need

Your Established Financial Need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance at VSU and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).   Your EFC is derived from a formula developed by the Department of Education.   The formula subtracts the allowances (taxes and FICA paid, etc.)  from the resources (parents' and student's income and assets, including non-taxable income such as Social Security), and then makes adjustments based on the number of people in the family and the number of family members in college.  The EFC will be electronically provided to the OFA by the Federal Processor.  The Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Regent's Scholarship, Student Incentive Grant, and Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan are awarded based on established Financial Need.

General Eligibility Requirements

In general, to be considered for student financial aid you must:

  1. be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen; and,
  2. have been accepted for admission into or enrolled in an approved degree-seeking program or Teacher Certification program approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Studies.  Students whose degree program status changes should contact the OFA; and,
  3. be making progress toward the completion of your course of study according to the "Satisfactory Academic Policy for Student Financial Aid Recipients"; and,
  4. not be in default on a Guaranteed Student/Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan, Federal Parent (PLUS) Loan, Federal Supplemental Loan, National Direct/Defense Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Health Professions Loan, Income Contingent Loan or a Federal Consolidation Loan received at any institution; and,
  5. not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant received while attending any institution.