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GSFC is one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. Founded in 1965 as the State Scholarship Commission, the agency’s primary function was to provide and service educational loans.
Over the years, GSFC has grown to be the administrator of more than 20 state- and lottery-funded scholarships, grants and service-cancelable loan programs that ensure Georgians have an opportunity to access education beyond high school. In addition, GSFC provides free financial aid consultation to K-12, postsecondary institutions and community organizations across the state to help students and their families prepare to pay for college.
While GSFC does not administer Federal programs, we're happy to provide resources to Georgia families to help navigate the options.
From Abbeville in Wilcox County to Zebulon in Pike County, Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) has provided more than $10 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school.
The legislation for this program was scripted in 1992 under the supervision of Governor Zell Miller and launched a year later to provide assistance towards the cost of tuition at eligible Georgia postsecondary institutions to incent and reward Georgia’s high achieving students.
Funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education, this unique initiative has helped more than 1.8 million students at eligible state public and private universities and public technical schools to create the “better-educated work force…and invest in (Georgia’s) economic future” as Miller envisioned in his 1992 State of the State Address.
HOPE consists of six different aid programs. For more information on eligibility requirements, program applications, award amounts, participating institutions and other program-specific information, visit GAfutures.
Georgia’s 529 Plan was established in 2002 and currently the plan allows Georgia tax filers to deduct up to $4,000 per year, per beneficiary if filing a joint state income tax return. Individual and Head of Household filers can deduct $2,000 per year, per beneficiary. Earnings in the account are tax deferred and withdrawals taken from the 529 plan for postsecondary education expenses are federal and state tax free.
As part of our mission to increase access to postsecondary education, the Georgia Student Finance Commission has a variety of grants, loans and scholarships to help residents with the cost of a higher education.
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