Online Colleges in Georgia

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  1. Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  2. Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  3. At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  4. "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Sources:

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  14. Online Learning, Darton State College, http://online.darton.edu/
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  39. Accreditation, Brenau University, Accessed March 2018, https://www.brenau.edu/academics/accreditation/
  40. About GNTC, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Accessed March 2018, http://www.gntc.edu/about/
  41. Traditions, Georgia Southern University, Accessed March 2018, http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/traditions/
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  47. Student Resources, University of Georgia, Accessed March 2018, https://online.uga.edu/student-resources
  48. Accreditation, University of Georgia, Accessed March 2018, https://online.uga.edu/accreditation-and-state-authorization
  49. What is eMajor? eMajor, Accessed May 2018, https://emajor.usg.edu/
  50. What is eCore? eCore, Accessed May 2018, https://ecore.usg.edu/
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Georgia offers an array of diverse communities and landscapes, from its glowing capital city of Atlanta to its stunning eastern coast. While the state is known for its peaches, bustling city centers, and year-round warm weather, it's also well known for its educational offerings, including those offered online.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Georgia is home to 33 public, four-year colleges; 35 public two-year schools; 42 private not-for-profit colleges and universities; and 80 for-profit schools. Many of these schools belong within the University System of Georgia, which is known for its high quality and diverse educational offerings. However, the Technical College System of Georgia also hosts its share of schools, including several that offer distance education.

Georgia offers an array of online degree-granting programs from schools of all sizes. Through the University System of Georgia alone, students can access:

  • 42 online associate degrees
  • 89 online bachelor's degrees
  • 130 online master's degrees
  • 12 online doctoral degrees

Online colleges in Georgia offer programs in nearly every subject, from engineering to psychology and foreign languages. While online programs in Georgia vary in their programming and scope, students can rest assured that the state offers dozens of high-quality degrees that can open the doors to many kinds of gainful employment.

Best Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018-19

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Even if you don't live in Georgia, you can take advantage of the distance-based learning opportunities in the state. However, how can you tell which school would be best for you, especially if you don't live in the same city (or even the same state) as these institutes?

To help with your search, we compared a range of data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — including net cost and acceptance rate — to devise a list of the 10 best online universities in Georgia. Read about these top schools and their online programs here, and feel free to check out our methodology at the bottom of this page or to create your own rankings using our Top Colleges Tool.

1

Albany Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,654
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
60%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41
School Type
2-year

Albany Technical College was once two schools: Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School, and Albany Area Vocational-Technical School. These merged in 1972, and the resulting technical school came under the direction of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) in 1988. DTAE assigned the school the responsibility of supplying technical education opportunities to a seven-county service delivery area; in the years since, ATC has expanded far beyond that thanks to a focus on distance learning.

ATC's online programs include associate programs in operations management and business management, as well as diploma programs in fire science technology and accounting technology. In addition to the school's many fully online programs, ATC offers online courses in a plethora of different subjects, giving students many choices of how they want to pursue their education.

 
2

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,850
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
54%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55
School Type
2-year

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and it boasts an array of programs for earning associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates. Several of these programs are available online and can be completed via Blackboard, the learning management system used by the school.

While GPTC serves students of all ages, they especially cater to self-paced adult learners and employed individuals who want to boost their skills. The college's online courses include subjects such as criminal justice, accounting and physiology, along with various computer- and technology-related topics. Courses in cosmetology, barbering and history are also available online.

Students who choose GPTC can find ample support if they need it, from email, chat and class discussion boards to resources offered through Blackboard Learn. The school also offers online technical support via a support form, email, or phone.

 
3

Central Georgia Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,714
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49
School Type
2-year

Central Georgia Technical College is a two-year nonprofit school with a focus on helping adult learners work toward associate degrees or certificates. The school has various campus locations throughout Georgia, along with a robust distance learning portfolio.

Online students at CGTC can choose to pursue certificate, diploma or associate degree programs in various areas of study. A few of the notable subjects that can be pursued online at this school are accounting, business technology, computer programming and hotel/ restaurant/ tourism management.

CGTC offers its online courses through Blackboard Learn. The college also offers helpful technical support measures, an online help desk, and dedicated online education specialists who can help students personalize their degree paths to suit their goals.

 
4

Kennesaw State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,060
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41
School Type
4-year

Kennesaw State University is a public, coeducational, research-oriented member of the University System of Georgia. This university is proud of its emphasis on "innovative learning," and one of the many ways it lives up to this goal is through the proliferation of online programs it offers.

KSU students can pursue online undergraduate degrees in subjects such as computer and software engineering, integrative studies and social sciences. Graduate students looking to earn an online master's degree also have many options to choose from, such as business, nursing, and computer education. The school also features continuing education certificate programs, as well as an enormous number of individual online courses.

Students looking for a bit of extra help with their studies can find plenty at KSU; in addition to online technical assistance, the school hosts online support groups and tutoring for various academic programs.

 
5

University of West Georgia

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,143
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25
School Type
4-year

The University of West Georgia has changed dramatically over the years. Starting as a modest district agricultural and mechanical school in 1906, the university transitioned to a two-year institute, then a four-year college by 1957. As of 2017, the University of West Georgia is both a SACS Level VI University -- the highest possible level -- and a Doctoral Research University R3 -- making it one of only eight institutions of higher learning in the state to qualify for doctoral university status.

While some of the school's programs are available only partially online, others have the option of being taken in a fully-online format, such as the Bachelor of Science in criminology degree program or the RN-to-BSN nursing degree program. The university also offers credit by prior learning, which can be an enormous help to nontraditional adult learners.

 
6

Brenau University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$27,152
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
60%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36
School Type
4-year

Brenau University has a long history of "radical innovation" -- as The Atlanta Constitution called it in the early 1900s -- which manifests in the school's development of a robust selection of online programs, as well as night and weekend classes.

The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs completely online in the fields of business, education, nursing, psychology and communications. Students also have the option of blending their online coursework with weekly evening classes at one of the university's several campuses in Georgia and Florida. Resources for online students include the Online Writing Center, which allows students to seamlessly submit papers to online tutors for detailed feedback.

Students transferring to Brenau University should find that their credits from other regionally accredited institutions transfer easily, including credits from all liberal education courses regardless of date of completion, and many major courses taken in the last 15 years.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission for Teacher Education Programs (GaPSC)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

Location:

500 Washington Street SE,
Gainesville,
GA 30501
 
7

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,764
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36
School Type
2-year

While Georgia Northwestern Technical College itself has only existed since 2009, it is the result of a merger between two long-established colleges: Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College. In this incarnation, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a nonprofit institute that concerns itself with the workforce needs of the northwest Georgia service area. Through their various certificate, diploma and associate degree programs, the college strives to support individuals and communities with adult education and personal enrichment.

Both online and on-campus programs can be pursued at GNTC, with online courses being administered via the online classroom management system Blackboard. Available subjects to study online include accounting, business technology, and an array of computer- and technology-related programs. Both on- and off-campus GNTC students have access to tutoring, counseling, and career planning services.

 
8

Georgia Southern University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,273
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
29%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
27
School Type
4-year

Before football games at Georgia Southern University, a male American bald eagle named "Freedom" takes flight across the stadium to cheers from the crowd. The school also takes pride in the freedom it offers students to complete business, education and health care degree programs, online or blended with on-campus coursework at one of its three locations throughout the state.

GSU's online offerings range from bachelor's programs, to graduate programs, to a handful of certificate programs, including those in enterprise resources planning and public & nonprofit management. Prospective students residing outside the state of Georgia should note, however, that not all of the university's online programs may be available in their particular state.

To support online learners' studies, Georgia Southern University hosts a streamlined learning management system that encourages ease of access to online coursework and features instructional tools and services as well.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPC)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET)

Location:

Brannen Hall, Room 2015,
2670 Southern Drive, Statesboro,
GA 30460
 
9

Georgia Southwestern State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,262
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
56%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
4-year

A comprehensive four-year institution that is part of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southwestern State University offers an impressive number of programs, several of which are available online. As part of the University System of Georgia, GSU is also part of the eMajor and eCore collaborations. eMajor is a partnership that focuses on career-oriented degree programs for online students. Meanwhile, eCore is a system that allows students to complete undergraduate core education requirements online through other public colleges and universities in the University System.

GSW offers online degree programs of its own as well, such as the online MBA program through its School of Business Administration or the Master of Nursing from its School of Nursing. If they run into trouble during their programs, online GSW students can find assistance in the form of online troubleshooting and technical support and online library resources created specifically for web-based students.

 
10

University of Georgia

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,634
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

Often touted as a "Public Ivy," the University of Georgia is a public research university that offers online degree programs in the fields of education, business, computers, medicine, and more.

The university boasts undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many common fields, but the list also includes some unique options like narrative media writing, avian health and medicine and food technology. They also offer a number of graduate certificate programs, including those for international biomedical regulatory sciences and dyslexia.

Despite the size of the university's student body, the student-teacher ratio of UGA's online courses is kept low for the sake of educational quality, helping online students to get the instructional attention they need. Online learners can find more assistance if needed through the Office of Online Learning, academic advisors, career consultants and tutors to assist them in their educational journey.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation (APA)
  • National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation (NASM)

Location:

Administration Building,
Athens, GA 30602
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018-19

Georgia presents a rich offering of online colleges and programs for students from all backgrounds. The list below describes a few of Georgia's more affordable schools for students who are looking for a college experience that won't break the bank.

The tuition costs of the schools below were sourced from IPEDS. To see Georgia schools ranked by quality and other factors you can choose, use our Top Colleges Tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Georgia

Below is a list of some of the most affordable community colleges in the state of Georgia. If you’re looking to earn an associate degree or get some credits under your belt before transferring to a university, one of these might be a good choice for you.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Oconee Fall Line Technical College$2,62440%122-year
Albany Technical College$2,65460%412-year
Southern Regional Technical College$2,65439%172-year
Augusta Technical College$2,70419%62-year
Columbus Technical College$2,70440%82-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Georgia

Online students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree or higher may be more interested to learn what some of the more affordable universities in Georgia are. The list below details just that.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
East Georgia State College$3,06737%14-year
Georgia Highlands College$3,24536%64-year
Atlanta Metropolitan State College$3,25036%14-year
Darton State College$3,39561%174-year
Dalton State College$3,5032%34-year

College Accreditation in Georgia

College is a long, difficult journey. Students who work hard to obtain a degree want to ensure that they are earning a valid degree from an accredited institution.

There are several accrediting bodies for online colleges in Georgia, but like most southern states, one accrediting body is responsible for the major college systems throughout Georgia. Accrediting bodies for Georgia include the following:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Students can check on the Department of Education website prior to enrollment to ensure their institution is accredited by one of these organizations.

School Interviews

Some of the leading educators in Georgia provide their outlook on the benefits of taking classes or earning degrees from online schools in Georgia.

Sabrina Cox
Online learning will continue to grow because of the convenience and flexibility it offers.

Sabrina Cox

Director of Distance Education

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College?

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College offers several online degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates ranging from Accounting to Criminal Justice to Medical Language Specialist. Online programs at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College follow the same admissions requirements, program objectives, course competencies and student learning outcomes as programs offered traditionally on campus. Students in online programs also have the same opportunities and resources as on-campus students.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Students interested in online learning should first assess their skills to determine if online learning is a good fit for them. There are many readiness assessments to help with this; Wiregrass Georgia Technical College uses the SmarterMeasure assessment. In addition, students need to ensure they have the proper resources such as a reliable computer meeting the hardware and software requirements, a stable Internet connection, the time to commit to online classes, and most importantly, the self-motivation needed to succeed.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

Online learning will continue to grow because of the convenience and flexibility it offers. Educators must produce quality online courses that are rigorous and meet accreditation standards to ensure student learning outcomes are met. Courses must be developed and updated to use new technology in education; however, courses should not be technology driven, but should be instructor driven with much interaction and online conferencing. As all students are not online learners, all teachers are not online teachers. Advising and placement of students and instructors in online classes are critical.

 

Justin Mays
I think we're in an exciting time in the growth of online learning, and I look forward to the innovations ahead.

Justin Mays

Director of Distance Learning

Clayton State University

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Clayton State University?

Our programs are mainly focused on the degree completer/adult learner student population. Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree, for instance, is geared towards students who have graduated from a technical college and wish to go on and pursue a four-year degree. Our Liberal Studies and Integrative Studies degrees accept a high number of transfer credits from other colleges and universities and allow students to custom build their degree program based on their academic or career plans.

We also have a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, for current registered nurses, and a Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene program for current Registered Dental Hygienists. Some of our programs have synchronous, or live, components to them which may work better with a student's learning style as opposed to an asynchronous course.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Be sure to do your research before enrolling. Depending on your work/life commitments you may only have a certain time each day that you can work on your courses. If a course is synchronous it will involve you logging into class at a certain time to interact with the professor and your classmates. An asynchronous course does not require you login at a certain time so it is a little more flexible for the busier student. One method may or may not fit into your schedule depending on your previous commitments, so it's important to make sure you choose the correct mode (synchronous or asynchronous) of interaction.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I think that we will begin to see more competency based education programs and courses come forward in the coming years.

This concept allows students to move through a program as they display certain skills that are needed for the program. Students can move through a program at their leisure as they display the skills, or competencies, needed. I think this will change pricing models for colleges as students could pay a set price up front, for six months, and work through the material as quickly or slowly as they are able. This would allow students to pay a lower price for a degree depending on how quickly they complete the material.

I also think that the more recent growth in wearable tech such as Google Glass and smartwatches will offer some interesting ways to make classes more engaging outside of the traditional classroom or online learning setting. I think we're in an exciting time in the growth of online learning, and I look forward to the innovations ahead.

 

Financial Aid Resources in Georgia

Georgia is home to dozens of college and universities, most of whom are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Peach State supports its students in their pursuit of higher education through the HOPE Scholarship program and various grants and loans.

Read on for information on financial aid options available to students in Georgia.

Georgia Scholarships

Take a look at some of the financial aid available to Georgia students using our tables below. To learn more about how to apply for grants and scholarships, as well as details on different types of financial aid, read the Ultimate Guide to Grants and the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

1.HOPE Scholarship Program
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Georgia who is enrolled in a degree program at an eligible public or private college, university, or public technical college demonstrating academic achievement. Award at an approved private college or university is $3,500 per academic year for full-time students and $1,750 for part-time students.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains minimum 3.0 GPA and continues to demonstrate satsifactory academic progress.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.HOPE Grant Program
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Georgia who is enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at an eligible public college, university, or public technical college. GPA is not considered.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrates satisfactory academic progress.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Peyton Anderson Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a high school senior graduating from a Bibb County high school, who will attend one of nine specified Middle Georgia colleges and universities. Selection is based upon academic initiative and a commitment to making a positive difference in the community. Letter of recommendation and essay responses (for everyone), and interview (finalists only) are required.
Award Amount
$7,500
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient demonstrates satisfactory academic progress and is able to document 20 hours of community service annually.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Emerge 2012 Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a woman who has demonstrated a deep commitment to both reaching their educational goals and giving back to their communities. Applicant must be accepted into a program of study at an educational institution, as evidenced by a proof of acceptance. Selection is based upon financial need, other funding received, career/life goals, essay content, leadership and participation in community activities, and honors/awards received.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
January 6
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Georgia Loans

When funding your higher education, scholarships and grants should be your first option since you don't need to pay that money back. However if you need additional funds to pay your tuition beyond what you earned from grants and scholarships, you can also take out student loans.

Before you can qualify for a Student Access Loan, you must apply for and exhaust all other federal and state financial aid. To qualify for federal financial aid, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA with information on you and your family's financial situation.

Here are two loan programs available specifically to students in Georgia.

SAL is a need-based, low-interest student loan program for students in Georgia. It's administered by the Georgia Student Financial Commission.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $8,000
Under this program, recipients receive loan forgiveness. They agree to work in an engineering related field in the State of Georgia after graduation with a grace period of one year immediately after graduation. Each calendar year worked at a Georgia work site equates to $3,500 awarded, with a maximum of six years.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $17,500 over ten semesters

If you want to learn more about student loans, read the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Georgia

  • The Georgia Student Finance Commission provides free financial aid consultations and administers scholarships, grants and service-cancellable loan programs.
  • GAftures provides free online resources to help Georgia students and families plan for college.
 
 
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