How to Apply for Financial Aid


Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

File your Federal Tax Return

  1. Two weeks after you electronically file or six weeks after you paper file, you should complete your FAFSA online.

Go to https://fafsa.gov/ to complete your FAFSA

  1. Use the renewal FAFSA, if you completed an application last aid year, because this will pre-populate much of your information.

  2. SRTC’s school code is 005615.

Create a FAFSA User ID and Password

  1. All students will create a FAFSA user ID and password on your first visit to the FAFSA website, https://fafsa.gov/ . Please make a note of your user ID and password, as you will need this information each time you login.

  2. For dependent students, both the student and a parent need a FAFSA user ID and password to electronically complete and sign the FAFSA.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  1. If you are asked if you’d like to populate your FAFSA with your IRS data from your taxes, USE THIS OPTION. This can reduce the time needed to complete your financial aid awarding.

  2. There are some instances when the IRS data retrieval option will not be available. In these instances, you may manually enter your income data.

Do I Need to Provide Parent Information?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to one of the questions below, you do NOT need parent information to complete your FAFSA.

  • Are you 24 years of age?

  • Are you married?

  • Do you have legal dependents that you financially supported in 2015?

  • Are you a Veteran?

If you cannot answer ‘Yes’ to one of the above questions, you MUST provide parental information to complete your FAFSA. If extenuating circumstances exist where parental information is unavailable, the dependent student should contact the Financial Aid Office.


Financial Aid Priority Dates

Fall Semester 2017

July 7, 2017

Spring Semester 2018

November 28, 2017

Summer Semester 2018

April 13, 2018

Note: All required financial aid documents must be submitted by the Priority Dates. Financial Aid applications/documents submitted after priority dates will be processed, but funds may not be available on the first day of classes to apply towards tuition or to purchase books. Students submitting financial aid applications after priority date should be prepared to self-pay fees. Once financial aid is awarded, student may be eligible for reimbursement.


General Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for federal financial aid programs, a student should:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provide the Financial Aid Office with any needed documents to complete award.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or have successfully completed a state-approved high school equivalency exam.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if male age 18 or older.
  • Not be in default of a federal student loan nor owe a refund on any Title IV program.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with SAP policy.

To qualify for state financial aid programs, a student should:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a HOPE Program Application (GSFAPPS) and provide the Financial Aid Office with any needed documents to complete award.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Meet Georgia residency requirements in accordance with GSFC regulations.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if male age 18 or older.
  • Not be in default of a federal student loan nor owe a refund on any Title IV or state program.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with SAP policy.

Requests for Additional Information

Within a few days of successfully completing your financial aid application, you may receive a request from the SRTC Financial Aid Office for additional documentation that is needed to complete your financial aid file. Be sure to submit any requested documents to the Financial Aid Office within ten business days to avoid financial aid delays.


Award Notification

Once your financial aid file is complete, you will receive an award letter outlining the maximum amounts and types of aid you may receive. Be sure to read the award notification thoroughly to gain important details regarding the funds you are awarded.


Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility

To maintain eligibility for federal and state financial aid programs, all students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress by completing 66.66% of their attempted coursework and maintaining a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.00 (C).

Some state aid programs have higher GPA requirements. This information can be located under Financial Aid Sources.

Please review the SRTC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to ensure you are familiar with the requirements.


Withdrawing from Classes

Withdrawing from coursework can have negative implications on financial aid awards and Satisfactory Academic Progress determinations. Students are encouraged to contact the SRTC Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from class to understand the potential affect to their aid eligibility.

In compliance with Federal regulations, students who withdraw completely for the term prior to the 60% point, will have their aid recalculated as specified in the SRTC Return to Title IV policy.