How To Apply

There is one main application that is used in the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • The FAFSA applies for state and federal aid programs.
  • Be sure to list KSU’s school code on your FAFSA, 001577.
  • KSU's Priority Deadline for FAFSA completion is March 1.
  • You must file a FAFSA each year to be considered for financial aid. View a FAFSA Overview.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information to your FAFSA.  If you didn't use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool initially, you can go back and make the corrections.


Verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to confirm the accuracy of the information provided on the FAFSA.  Students who are selected for verification will be required to provide certain documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid before their financial aid application can be processed. Examples of some documents that may be requested include:

Other documents may be requested as needed in order to process your financial aid application. To determine if you need to submit additional documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid, please log in to Owl Express, select the Financial Aid tab and then click on the View Requirements and Submit Documents link.

Requesting a re-evaluation of your aid eligibility

Families facing severe financial problems due to job loss, medical expenses, foreclosure or business decline can request a review of their aid eligibility. This is called a Family Contribution Appeal and the form to request a review is located on Owl Express.

Circumstances that will be considered include:
 - Loss of income because of recent unemployment
 - High unreimbursed medical and/or dental expenses
 - Separation or divorce
 - Death of a parent or spouse
 - Cost of attendance

Use of Professional Judgment:  Evaluation of financial aid applications are handled through a review process using professional judgment by financial aid professionals in the KSU Office of Student Financial Aid.  Any request to our office is considered using best professional practices and making such a request does not guarantee approval.  Financial aid regulations are subject to change through legislation or policy changes by the U.S. Department of Education.

Timing of requests: All requests will be reviewed as they are received.  You should allow a minimum of three weeks for your request to be reviewed.

Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS)

  • If you only want to apply for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship Program, you can complete the GSFAPPS application.
  • KSU's Priority Deadline for GSFAPPS completion is March 1. 

Once your application has been received, the Office of Student Financial Aid may ask you for additional documents.

Check your KSU e-mail account often, and make sure you submit any additional documents as quickly as possible.