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Two recent policy changes helps unaccompanied homeless teens and young adults complete their FAFSA application for financial aid determination:
1. That unaccompanied homeless teens can apply as independent student for college financial aid and that unaccompanied homeless teens must receive verification for FAFSA from their school district homeless liaison office. Additional changes are coming to FAFSA for unaccompanied homeless teens July 1, 2023: Presumption of subsequent year eligibility and expanded list of officials and programs who may verify that an applicant is an unaccompanied homeless youth (and therefore an independent student). Click here for more details: New FAFSA Policies for Homeless and Foster Youth | SchoolHouse Connection
2. States must describe how homeless teens will receive assistance from school counselors to advise, prepare, and improve their readiness for college. Your school district homeless liaison office can facilitate your connection to your high school counselor.
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Free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Two recent policy changes helps unaccompanied homeless youth complete their FAFSA application for financial aid determination :
- The removal of the definition for “youth” from the FAFSA application effective the 2018-2019 academic year. This means that unaccompanied homeless youth are able to apply as independent students for college financial aid. Unaccompanied homeless youth must receive verification for FAFSA from their school district homeless liaison office.
- States must describe how homeless youth will receive assistance from school counselors to advise, prepare, and improve their readiness for college. Your school district homeless liaison office can facilitate your connection to your high school counselor.
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Embark is a network of universities that aids students experiencing homelessness or who are a part of the state’s foster care system. Embark provides a list of Designated Point of Contact (DPOC) for both the University System and the Technical College System of Georgia which includes a map and their names and location of the individuals responsible for answering questions for youth experiencing homelessness at these institutions. You can locate your DPOC by touching the name to the right of your school. Click Here for more information.
Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
TCSG offers 600 Degree, Diploma & Certificate A TCSG education cost approximately $3,200 including tuition and fees. If you pursue a career in any one of the 17 high-demand fields, you can have a 100% of your college tuition costs covered with Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant. TCSG has 22 colleges with 88 locations across the state as well as online classes, giving you access to higher education that is convenient for you. TCSG’s 25 system-wide transfer agreements makes it easy to transfer to other colleges, including 4-year universities in the Georgia university system. Click here for a fast track to your dreams!
Public Colleges and Universities of Georgia
Search below for public colleges and universities located in the State of Georgia.
Georgia Tech is an innovative intellectual environment with more than 900 full-time instructionalfaculty andmore than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its six colleges: Architecture, Computing, theIvanAllen College of Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences, and Management. The university is a national andinternationalleader in scientific and technological research and education.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia, a four-year land-grant and sea-grant university with state-wide commitmentsand responsibilitiesis the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Itsmotto,“to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral anduniquerole in the conservation and enhancement of the state’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural andenvironmentheritage.
University of North Georgia
The mission of the University of North Georgia, a regional, multi-campus institution and premier seniormilitarycollege, is to provide broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs to increasetherate of college completion throughout the region. UNG also strives to develop students into leaders foradiverse and global society through providing a culture of academic excellence in a student-focusedenvironmentthat includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity.
For 116 years, since 1890, Savannah State University (SSU) – a four-year institution – has been animportantpart of higher education. As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higherlearningin the historic city of Savannah, SSU has served this community with distinction while meeting theeducationalneeds of an increasingly diverse student population. Savannah State provides a comprehensive collegeexperiencethat adds value to the academic, personal, social and cultural growth of its students.
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia (UWG) – a four-year institution – invites you to Go West and experiencean intellectuallystimulating and supportive community! UWG provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees bothoff-and online, bringing quality public higher education to the people of west Georgia and beyond! TheUniversityis also committed to regional outreach through a collaborative network of external degree centers,courseofferings at off-campus sites, and an extensive program of continuing education for personal andprofessionaldevelopment.
As a regional university in South Georgia, Valdosta State cooperates with other University Systeminstitutionsto ensure that the region receives the services it needs. To expand its programmatic outreach, itdevelopsand offers programs by distance learning and at off-campus locations throughout the region. It willcontinueto exercise a leadership role in meeting the needs of the region, particularly in providing access toprofessionallyoriented doctoral programs, primarily in education, and to applied research.
South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College is a four-year residential institution that serves the educational, social,and economicdevelopment of the region by providing accessible, high quality student-centered education. Throughclosecollaboration with faculty and staff, students are engaged in educational opportunities that empowerthemfor success in a sustainable global society. South Georgia State College prepares students to thinkcritically,communicate proficiently, and act responsibly as civic-minded, environmentally conscious citizens.
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University –a four-year institution – and the third-largest university in the UniversitySystemof Georgia, is a comprehensive university with expanding undergraduate and graduate programs inKennesaw,Georgia, one of metropolitan Atlanta’s fast-growing northwest suburban communities.
Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University – a four-year institution – cultivates excellence in learning andteachingthat encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and thecommunity.Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University SystemofGeorgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s andspecialistdegree programs.
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University – a four-year institution – is committed to advancing the State of Georgiaand theregion through the benefits of higher education, offering baccalaureate through doctoral degrees and avarietyof outreach programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides acomprehensiveand fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborativerelationshipssupporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific andtechnologicaladvancement, athletics, and regional development.
Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College (GHC), a four-year institution, was founded in 1970 to provide educationalopportunitiesfor the physical, intellectual, and cultural development of a diverse population in seven northwestGeorgiacounties. With the advent of distance learning technologies, specialty programs, off-campus centers andcollaborativearrangements, the college has expanded its scope of influence beyond the institution’s originalgeographicalarea. It now provides six instructional sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville.
Georgia Gwinnett College
An innovative model for higher education, Georgia Gwinnett College is the first public, four-year,liberal artscollege to be founded in the United States in the 21st century according to the American Council onEducation.The diverse student population of almost 12,000 students comes from 32 states and 104 nations and ofthose,over 68 percent are from Gwinnett County. An average class size of 23, coupled with strong facultyengagementand mentoring, creates a dynamic learning community where students experience high levels of success.
Georgia College & State University
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) – a four-year institution – aims to produce graduates who arewellprepared for careers or advanced study and who are instilled with exceptional qualities of mind andcharacter.These include an inquisitive, analytical mind; respect for human diversity and individuality; a senseofcivic and global responsibility; sound ethical principles; effective writing, speaking, andquantitativeskills; and a healthy lifestyle.
Fort Valley State
FVSU is a fully accredited, comprehensive, four-year institution committed to providing strong academicprograms,online courses and extracurricular activities to students. The University provides instruction,research,and public and extension services, consistent with its land-grant and public functions, for allsegmentsof the population to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.
East Georgia State College
Student-focused, East Georgia State College (EGSC) – a four-year institution – provides affordableaccess toquality higher education, enabling all students to achieve their academic goals with minimum delay andexpense.EGSC’s specialized attentiveness effectively supports a wide range of academic abilities andpreparationlevels. Students can pursue associate’s degrees, targeted bachelor’s degrees and transfer paths tootherinstitutions. EGSC’s most recent prominence is in being among the first and few University System ofGeorgiainstitutions approved to award associate degrees with disciplinary distinction, which provides studentsafoundation of courses in a specific major, rather than just the core curriculum.
Clayton State University
Clayton State University – a four-year institution – promotes excellence in teaching, research, andservice tothe people and the State of Georgia, the nation, and the international community. University graduatescommunicateeffectively, think critically, learn and work collaboratively, demonstrate competence in their chosenfield,and possess the capability of adapting to changing circumstances and new challenges. Clayton StateUniversitystudents are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility,communityleadership and service to society.
Augusta University is the home of the Medical College of Georgia. It is one of only four publiccomprehensiveresearch institutions in the state of Georgia. Founded in 1828, the university includes nine collegeswithnearly 10,000 students, 1,000 full-time faculty members and 5,000 staff members. It houses the nation’s13th-oldestmedical school, the state’s sole dental college, an aligned and integrated health system, a growingintercollegiateathletics program and the highly respected Hull College of Business, among other units. With 650 acresofcampus and nearly 150 buildings, the university is a $1 billion-plus enterprise with statewide andnationalreach. The Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Ga., and satellitecampusesin the Georgia cities of Albany, Rome and Savannah.
Across all disciplines, Atlanta Metro – a four-year institution – seeks to cultivate within itsstudents a knowledge-baseand repertoire of skills for success upon transfer and in a competitive workplace; a habit of informed,criticalthinking; and a strong sense of personal and collective responsibility. Matriculation at AtlantaMetropolitanState College enables students to assume their roles as competent, reflective and socially consciouscitizen-thinkers.
Albany State University
Albany State University (ASU), a four-year institution, fosters the growth and development of SouthwestGeorgiaand the state through teaching/learning, research, creative expression and public service. TheUniversityoffers baccalaureate, master’s and educational specialist degrees and specialized educational programs.Throughits teaching, research and service, and collaboration with other institutions, the Universityanticipatesand responds to the needs of its constituents; and it enhances the quality of life of its publicsthroughadvocacy of educational, cultural, artistic and social development in the region.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s goal is to contribute to a better-educated Georgia. To that end,it engagesin a comprehensive planning and assessment process, enabling it to build upon its many strengths. TheCollege’sfaculty, staff, and administration are committed to excellence in preparing students to be informed andproductivecitizens.