Office of Financial Aid
School Code: 001566
C.V. Troup Administration Building
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Spring and Fall
Monday – Friday: 8 am- 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Monday - Thursday 8 am-5 pm
Friday-Sunday: Closed for Business
Call Center: (478) 825- 6363
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“The Office of Financial Aid seeks to provide financial aid services which are sensitive to individual student needs and effective in enabling students to bridge the gap between family resources and educational expenses.”
The vast majority of students in the United States pay for college through federal student loans or grants, and to receive federal aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Everyone applying for any type of aid at Fort Valley State University has to complete this application. You (and your parents) are just showing the government and the university how much help you need by providing household and income information.
Don’t worry, once you have all the information you need to provide, completing the application can take as little as 30 minutes.
View and apply for FVSU scholarships here.
FVSU students are eligible for a limited number of scholarships administered by the university. These merit or need-based funds do not have to be repaid.
The financial aid process can seem like a lot to wrap your mind around, but it’s really pretty simple if you understand the steps in process. It’s like walking–just put one foot in front of the other.
1. Complete the FAFSA®.
It all starts here. Be ready with your household and financial information, like your parents most recent tax returns, and you can finish in well under one hour.
Sometimes, the federal government may want you to resubmit some information which they don’t quite understand. Don’t stress. Lots of applicants are asked for “verification.”
5. Official Aid Notification.
FVSU will let you know precisely how much money you have been awarded through the MyFVSU portal (my.fvsu.edu). You will need your official FVSU email address.
6. Accept the terms.
Agree to the terms and conditions associated with the money you have been awarded and accept your award offer.
7. Get loan counseling.
If this is your first time receiving federal loans, you have to complete online counseling to make sure that you understand what you are agreeing to.
Read more about the steps for applying for financial aid here.
Applying for aid is way easier if you stick by some important dates.
Fall enrollment deadlines:
- The 2024-2025 FAFSA is delayed until December 2023.
- March 1: New and returning FVSU students who have completed their FAFSA® by this date will receive processing priority.
- April 30: Deadline for completing your FAFSA® if you are enrolling in the fall semester.
- June 1: Deadline for completing Verification for the fall semester.
Spring enrollment deadlines:
- November 1: Deadline for FAFSA® Completion if you are enrolling in the spring semester.
- November 30: Deadline for completing Verification for the spring semester.
Generally, there are four types of aid:
- Grants- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on need, meaning the gap between what your family can afford to pay and how much it costs to attend college. Grants may provide some or all of your need. Learn more.
- Scholarships- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on merit, meaning achievement like your G.P.A. or leadership accomplishments, your answers to essay questions, or how well you fit the special criteria of the donor. Learn more.
- Loans- money you do have to pay back, but not right away. When you take out a loan, you have to pay it back with interest over a period of time once you complete your education. Most student loans come from the federal government, but there may be times when you need to take out private loans from a bank or other financial institution. Learn more.
- Work study- earning money by working part-time jobs (mostly on campus) while you are enrolled. Learn more.
Watch and Learn
It’s understandable if you have questions about the financial aid process. After all, although FVSU is one of the most affordable schools in the nation, paying for college isn’t something you do everyday. Here are videos to answer more questions you may have.
About the FAFSA®
Watch: What is the FAFSA®?
- Watch: Learn about the process as a first time filer
- Watch: How do I know if I qualify?
- Watch: What do I do if I can’t get my parents’ information?
- Watch: What are award letters?
- Watch: What is a federal student aid i.d. (FSAID)?
Explore more about understanding the FAFSA® here.
- Watch: How do I provide my (or my parents’) tax information?
- Watch: Can my (or my parents’) tax info be retrieved directly from the IRS?
- Watch: I (or my parents) didn’t file a tax return filed last year.
Explore more about tax information for the FAFSA® here.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Watch: What is an EFC?
Explore more about the Expected Family Contribution here.
Appeals (Current Students)
Watch: What is an appeal?
- Watch: What responsibilities do I have regarding “Satisfactory Academic Progress?”
- Watch: Am I eligible to file an appeal?
- Watch: What is financial aid probation?
Explore more about financial aid appeals and satisfactory academic progress here.