Valdosta State University
Located on 180 acres in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in Georgia, Valdosta State University is a medium-sized university with a 2014-2015 undergraduate enrollment of 9,718 students. All incoming freshmen with need receive financial aid, with the average first-year financial assistance package being $16,069. Full-time beginning students are automatically considered for merit-based academic scholarships by the Office of Financial Aid.
Clayton State University
Founded in 1969 as Clayton Junior College, Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia began granting four-year degrees in 1986. CSU offers institutional scholarships or grants to 8% of full-time beginning undergraduates, and all enrolled students are automatically considered for these opportunities without a separate scholarship application. Federal grants are provided to 70% of full-time beginning undergraduates, and the school participates in Federal Grant Programs like the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Pell Grant Program. CSU students that are Georgia residents are also eligible for the Hope Scholarship and Grant program, a state program that provides financial assistance to students in degree, diploma and certificate programs at eligible higher education institutions.
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia is a public research university and the largest higher education institution in Southern Georgia. Financial aid is awarded to 89% of full-time beginning undergraduates; 8% of these students receive institutional grants or scholarships. The average amount of institutional gift aid given to first-year, full-time students is $3,365. Freshmen admitted into the University Honors Program are considered for the full-tuition 1906 Scholarship. All freshmen with outstanding academic records can apply for the Presidential Scholarship, which provides 65 awards ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 per year. The Georgia Southern Foundation Scholars Scholarship is also available to incoming freshmen and provides renewable awards of $1,500 to five students yearly.
Armstrong State University
Located on the Atlantic Coast in Savannah, Georgia, Armstrong State University is known for its Arboretum-style campus filled with large magnolias and oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Although institutional grants and scholarships are only awarded to 3% of full-time beginning undergraduates, 43% of all undergraduates receive Pell Grants. In addition to institutional and need-based scholarships endowed by alumni and donors, the university also has the Armstrong Commitment Fund, which provides funds to continuing students whose financial aid packages do not cover enough of their college costs for them to continue their studies. The university offers employment through the Federal Work-Study program, Institutional Work Study program, and Resident Assistant for Housing program.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia was founded in 1913 as an evening school for the Georgia Institute of Technology and today offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Georgia State awards close to $3.3 million in merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen, with 27% of full-time freshmen students receiving institutional grants or scholarships. Incoming freshmen are eligible for Centennial Merit Scholarships, including the $3,000 Second Century Scholarship, the $2,000 1913 Founders Scholarship and the $1,000 GSU Excellence Scholarship. The school’s premier academic merit award is the Presidential Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and more for academically outstanding freshmen.
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia offers 43 degrees at the bachelor’s level and 29 degrees at the master’s level to the nearly 12,000 students that enroll in the university each year. Ten to fifteen Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually ($1,000 to $5,000 each). Admitted freshmen who meet the strict criteria are not automatically considered for this scholarship; they have to apply for consideration. Incoming freshmen who are of Hispanic descent may apply to be considered for the Goizueta Scholarship ($1,000 to $3,000 per year). Nine to 15 scholarships are awarded each year. The Hubert G. & Naomi C. Holland Scholarship ($1,000 to $5,000 per year) is set aside for beginning full-time students who come from Paulding County.
Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia is the alma mater of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn Carter. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 27% of full-time beginning undergraduates, with students receiving an average award of $2,208. Beginning freshmen can apply for the Presidential Honors Program, which provides awards of $3,500 and a $1,000 study abroad stipend to academically outstanding students. The Wheatley Honors Program is also available to incoming freshmen, providing a $3,500 scholarship and $1,000 study abroad stipend as well. Transfer students with associate’s degree can apply for the Wheatley Associate Degree Graduates Transfer Scholarship, which provides a renewable award of $1,000 per year.