Financial Assistance and Contact Information
Student Financial Aid Assistance
The purpose of the student financial aid assistance program is to assist in making higher education a reality for persons who would be otherwise unable to attend college. To be eligible or financial aid, students must be accepted for enrollment at Thomas University, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and receive a passing grade in at least 67% of the academic course work attempted each semester to remain eligible for federal and state financial aid. Required financial aid information must be completed and on file before aid is awarded. All students who receive aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline to apply for financial aid is May 1.
Types of Financial Aid Assistance
Grants, loans, scholarships and the Federal Work Study Program are available through the financial aid office to help defray educational expenses for eligible students. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) to receive the Federal Direct Loan or Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) to receive the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) and most scholarships offered by Thomas University. Other Federal assistance programs, such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work Study, are also available for both part-time and full-time students.
Federal Pell Grant: The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant with no repayment required and is designated for undergraduate students working toward a first bachelor’s degree. The amount of the grant for eligible students is determined by the cost of attendance, the expected family contribution (EFC) shown on the Student Aid Report, and the enrollment status. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. The Federal Pell Grant is intended to be the first and basic component of an undergraduate student’s financial aid package. Students are encouraged to apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Thomas University School Code: 001555
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): The FSEOG is a need-based grant with no repayment required and is designated for undergraduate students working toward a first bachelor’s degree. Students must be Pell eligible to receive FSEOG. The FAFSA is required. FSEOG is a limited fund and priority will be given to those with the highest financial need.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG): The GTEG is a non-need-based grant that provides funding for eligible Georgia residents attending qualified private colleges in Georgia. Students must be enrolled full-time (twelve or more credit hours) and can receive GTEG up to 127 paid hours. The current award amount is $350 per semester. Students can receive GTEG during any semester if they meet the eligibility requirements.
HOPE Scholarship & Zell Miller Scholarship
Georgia residents who graduate from an eligible high school and meet certain criteria may qualify for either the HOPE Scholarship or the Zell Miller Scholarship.
• Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student
• Meet Georgia residency requirements
• Meet U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen requirements
• Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements23 | Thomas University
• Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.
• Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program
• Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by the University
• cumulative GPA (core coursework)—graduate as a high school HOPE Scholar
• cumulative GPA (degree coursework)—gain eligibility at 30, 60, or 90 attempted-hour checkpoints
• Must maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA to continue eligibility
• Award: $1910 per semester for full-time (12 hours) enrollment or $955 per semester for part-time (6-11 hours) enrollment
Zell Miller Scholarship (must have first entered college in 2007 or later)
• GPA AND
• 1200 SAT (math/reading portions on single test) OR 26 ACT
• Valedictorian or Salutatorian of high school class (must meet minimum HOPE standards)
• Must maintain 3.3 cumulative GPA to continue eligibility
• Student may receive HOPE Scholarship instead if cumulative GPA drops below 3.3 but is at least 3.0
• Award: $2110 per semester for full-time (12 hours) enrollment or $1055 per semester for part-time (6 hours) enrollment. More information regarding eligibility is available at www.GAcollege411.org.
Starting Fall 2011, neither the HOPE Scholarship nor the Zell Miller Scholarship will pay for remedial hours (developmental courses).
Example 1: If you are enrolled in 6 hours with 3 of those hours being remedial, you will not qualify for the part-time HOPE award ($955) since it requires at least 6 degree-level hours during the semester.
Example 2: If you are enrolled in 12 hours with 3 hours being remedial, you will not qualify for the full-time award ($1910). Instead, you will only qualify for $955.
A degree-seeking student is ineligible for the HOPE Scholarship or the Zell Miller Scholarship if the student has:
• Received payment from combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel Program funds (through Spring 2011) totaling 127 semester hours of credit
• Attempted 127 hours of college degree credit regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received for those hours
• Earned a bachelor’s degree
• Reached the 7-Year Time Limit for eligibility Starting Fall 2011, students will be limited to 127 hours even during the last term of eligibility. The award amount will be based on a per hour rate provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Example: A student has 120 attempted hours, so there are only 7 hours left before reaching the maximum hours. The student’s semester award will be calculated by multiplying the remaining hours (7) by the per hour rate from GSFC.
7-Year Time Limit
Eligible students are able to receive the HOPE Scholarship or the Zell Miller Scholarship until seven years from the date of the student’s high school graduation, home study completion, or successful GED test. The expiration of eligibility date will be June 30th of the seventh year. However, students who serve on active duty in the U.S. Military after high school graduation, home study completion, or successful GED test and before the expiration of eligibility date may request an extension of eligibility based on the active duty service time. The application for this request is available online at www.GAcollege411.org under HOPE Scholarship Information.