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Two recent policy changes help unaccompanied homeless teens and young adults complete their FAFSA application for financial aid determination:
1. That unaccompanied homeless teens can apply as independent students 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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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 Designated Point of Contact (DPOC) for both the University System (UGA) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). You can locate a UGA school by touching blue dots on the map and the TCSG school by touching the olive dots on the map. Click below to locate your DPOC:
Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
Offers 600 Degree, Diploma & Certificate A TCSG education at a cost of approximately $3,200 that includes tuition and fees. If you wish to pursue a career in any of the 17 high-demand fields, you can have a 100% of your college tuition costs covered with Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant. For additional information click below:
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 instructional faculty and more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its six colleges: Architecture, Computing, the VanAllen College of Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences, and Management. The university is a national and international leader 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 commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, "to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the states and nation’s intellectual, cultural and environment heritage.
University of North Georgia
The mission of the University of North Georgia, a regional, multi-campus institution and premier senior military college, is to provide broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs to increase the rate of college completion throughout the region. UNG also strives to develop students into leaders for adverse and global society through providing a culture of academic excellence in a student-focus environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity.
For 116 years, since 1890, Savannah State University (SSU) – a four-year institution – has been an important part of higher education. As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the historic city of Savannah, SSU has served this community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Savannah State provides a comprehensive college experience that 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 experience an intellectually stimulating and supportive community! UWG provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees both off-and online, bringing quality public higher education to the people of west Georgia and beyond! The University is also committed to regional outreach through a collaborative network of external degree centers, course offerings at off-campus sites, and an extensive program of continuing education for personal and professional development.
As a regional university in South Georgia, Valdosta State cooperates with other University System institutions to ensure that the region receives the services it needs. To expand its programmatic outreach, it develops and offers programs by distance learning and at off-campus locations throughout the region. It will continue to exercise a leadership role in meeting the needs of the region, particularly in providing access to professionally oriented 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 economic development of the region by providing accessible, high quality student-centered education. Through close collaboration with faculty and staff, students are engaged in educational opportunities that empower them for success in a sustainable global society. South Georgia State College prepares students to think critically, 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 University System of Georgia, is a comprehensive university with expanding undergraduate and graduate programs in Kennesaw, 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 and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor's degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University – a four-year institution – is committed to advancing the State of Georgia and the region through the benefits of higher education, offering baccalaureate through doctoral degrees and a variety of outreach programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development.
Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College (GHC), a four-year institution, was founded in 1970 to provide educational opportunities for the physical, intellectual, and cultural development of a diverse population in seven northwest Georgia counties. With the advent of distance learning technologies, specialty programs, off-campus centers and collaborative arrangements, the college has expanded its scope of influence beyond the institution’s original geographical area. 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 arts college to be founded in the United States in the 21st century according to the American Council on Education. The diverse student population of almost 12,000 students comes from 32 states and 104 nations and of those, over 68 percent are from Gwinnett County. An average class size of 23, coupled with strong faculty engagement and 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 are well-prepared for careers or advanced study and who are instilled with exceptional qualities of mind and character. These include an inquisitive, analytical mind; respect for human diversity and individuality; a sense of civic and global responsibility; sound ethical principles; effective writing, speaking, and quantitative skills; and a healthy lifestyle.
Fort Valley State
FVSU is a fully accredited, comprehensive, four-year institution committed to providing strong academic programs, 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 all segments of 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 affordable access to quality higher education, enabling all students to achieve their academic goals with minimum delay and expense. EGSC’s specialized attentiveness effectively supports a wide range of academic abilities and preparation levels. Students can pursue associate degrees, targeted bachelor’s degrees and transfer paths to other institutions. EGSC’s most recent prominence is in being among the first and few Universities System of Georgia institutions approved to award associate degrees with disciplinary distinction, which provides students a foundation 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, and service to the people and the State of Georgia, the nation, and the international community. University graduates communicate effectively, think critically, learn and work collaboratively, demonstrate competence in their chosen field, and possess the capability of adapting to changing circumstances and new challenges. Clayton State University students are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society.
Augusta University is the home of the Medical College of Georgia. It is one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia. Founded in 1828, the university includes nine colleges with nearly 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 growing intercollegiate athletics program and the highly respected Hull College of Business, among other units. With 650 acres of campus and nearly 150 buildings, the university is a $1 billion-plus enterprise with statewide and national reach. The Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Ga., and satellite campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Rome and Savannah.
Across all disciplines, Atlanta Metro – a four-year institution – seeks to cultivate within its students a knowledgebase and repertoire of skills for success upon transfer and in a competitive workplace; a habit of informed, critical thinking; and a strong sense of personal and collective responsibility. Matriculation at Atlanta Metropolitan State College enables students to assume their roles as competent, reflective and socially conscious citizen-thinkers.
Albany State University
Albany State University (ASU), a four-year institution, fosters the growth and development of Southwest Georgia and the state through teaching/learning, research, creative expression and public service. The University offers baccalaureate, master’s and educational specialist degrees and specialized educational programs. Through its teaching, research and service, and collaboration with other institutions, the University anticipates and responds to the needs of its constituents; and it enhances the quality of life of its publics through advocacy 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 engages in a comprehensive planning and assessment process, enabling it to build upon its many strengths. The College’s faculty, staff, and administration are committed to excellence in preparing students to be informed and productive citizens.