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State Grants

Georgia National Guard (GNG) Service Cancelable Loan (SCL):

If eligible, students can use the GNG SCL towards Standard Undergraduate Tuition amount only.  Student must be enrolled at least six hours up to the maximum of 15 hours per term (Available during Fall and Spring semesters only).  The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is Tuition for 120 semester hours.  If eligible, an undergraduate student must complete the FAFSA application for the aid year in which the student is seeking GNG SCL funds (School Code: 008976).  Graduate students are not required to complete the FAFSA application.   Student must complete the applicant sections of the application and Master Promissory Note, and have a Georgia National Guard official to complete Part B of the application and submit  the Application and Master Promissory Note to the Office of Financial Aid.  The Office of Financial Aid will complete Part C of the application and submit the GNG SCL Application and Master Promissory Note to Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) for processing.  Before the student submits the application and the Master Promissory Note to the Office of Financial Aid, student should make sure that the FAFSA has been processed and financial aid awarded, if applicable.  Before submitting to the Office of Financial Aid, student must also be registered for classes.  GSFC processes complete applications on a first-come, first-served basis pending available funds.  When GSFC sends the approval to the Office of Financial Aid, then the student's award will be updated accordingly.

Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program:

If eligible, Georgia HERO Scholarship can provide financial aid to qualifying Georgia National Guard or United States Military Reservists who served in combat zones and their spouses, and dependent children who seek a postsecondary education.  The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is $2000 per award year, and is subject to change during the award year.  The maximum benefit is four award years for a total not to exceed $8000.  If eligible, please complete Part A of the application and submit to the Office of Financial Aid along with the required documents.  The Office of Financial aid will complete Part B of the application and forward the completed application and required documents to Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) for processing.  The Scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and as appropriate funds are available.

REACH Georgia Scholarship Program:

REACH is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program providing promising students the support to graduate from high school and achieve postsecondary success.  Qualifying REACH Scholars will be awarded a financial scholarship upon graduating from high school.  If eligible out of high school, please be sure to notify Office of Financial Aid regarding eligibility.  To maintain eligibility throughout college, you must 

  • Must be enrolled full-time at an eligible postsecondary institution
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Complete and submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year of college
  • Cannot be in default on a federal or state educational loan or owe refund for a federal or state student financial aid program


The Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant provides grant funds to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Funds may be used towards the cost of attendance.  The award is based on a first-come first-served basis as funds are available. Recipients receive an award that covers their total cost of attendance, minus any other student financial aid (excluding any loans), not to exceed $18,000 per award year.  Recipients are able to receive payment for a maximum of 8 semesters of undergraduate study.   

To be eligible for the Public Safety Memorial Grant, a student must:

  • Be the dependent child of a Georgia Public Safety Officer who was permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty; and 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S. or have evidence from the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INSof eligible permanent resident alien status; and
  • Be a legal resident of Georgia 12 months prior to receiving aid; and 
  • Be a full-time (12 hours) undergraduate student seeking a college degree or certificate (Must not have already received a baccalaureate degree) ; and
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements; and
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the college; and 
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990; and 
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • For full details about Public Safety Memorial Grant guidelines, policies and procedures, you can read the program regulations.

If you believe you are eligible to receive the Public Safety Memorial Grant (PSMG), the following information will assist you:

  • Complete Part A of the Public Safety Memorial Grant application and forward it to the Office of Financial Aid at Clayton State University.  **File your application as early as possible, but no later than the last day of registration. 
  • The Office of Financial Aid will complete Part B of the application and forward to GSFA. 
  • GSFA will ask you for additional documentation regarding the accident or incident resulting in death or disability to GSFA.  After collecting all necessary documentation, GSFA will review and make a final determination of eligibility.  An award/denial letter will be sent to you and a copy to Clayton State University.   
  • You must reapply each year.


District of columbia tuition assistance grant (dctag):

If eligible and awarded, DCTAG can pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, up to $5000 per semester, not to exceed $10,000 annually.  Eligible students have up to 6 years or $50,000 (whichever comes first) before the DCTAG funds expire.  DCTAG expires after age 26.  DCTAG does not cover room and board, books nor other college costs beyond tuition.  DCTAG does not pay for mini-terms. 

To be eligible for DCTAG, a student should be:

  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizenship status
  • Attending an eligible institution
  • District of Columbia resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the applicants first time in college and maintain continued domicile throughout the applicant’s college matriculation (under age 24)
  • Not in defaulted status with federal student loans
  • High school graduate/GED
  • Accepted for enrollment in, working towards, a first undergraduate degree; at least half-time registered; regular degree seeking student
  • Hasn’t earned or received a bachelor’s degree; not a professional or graduate-level degree candidate
  • Meets Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • 26 years of age or younger
  • In compliance with DCTAG maximum income thresholds.

Process for Students