Financial Aid - College of Public Health UGA (2023)

The University of Georgia and the College of Public Health offer a variety of scholarships, awards, fellowships and other types of financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in our programs.

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Undergraduate Opportunities

Want to pay in-state tuition at UGA?

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at discounted tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities. Currently, only our B.S. in Environmental Health Science is eligible for this program. To qualify you must: 1) be a resident of one of the 16 SREB states; 2 ) complete the admission process at the institution offering the eligible Academic Common Market program; and 3) be certified as a resident of your home state by contacting the ACM coordinator for your state of residence. Learn more about the program here.

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Scholarships & Awards

Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator in each respective department for information regarding scholarships available through the UGA College of Public Health.

Department of Environmental Health Science

  • The Harold and Mary Barnhart Undergraduate Scholarship. Dr. Harold Barnhart has been, and continues to be, a great influence to many of the Environmental Health Science (EHS) alumni. As an EHS faculty member, he provided his students with the leadership, guidance, and encouragement they needed to become successful in environmental health, and he continues to be a role model for many of his former students today. The Barnhart Scholarship is awarded to a junior with a high GPA, involvement in relevant extracurricular activities, and financial need based on brief essay.
  • Environmental Health Science Scholarship. This fund provides scholarship support to student populations that are underrepresented within the Department of Environmental Health Science. Criteria for selection will be based upon academic achievement, letters of recommendation and the student’s stated interest in Environmental Health careers.
  • The Georgia Power Environmental Health Science Scholarship. Awarded annually to two students in the Department of Environmental Health Science from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence and career interest in the Environmental Health Science field.
  • The Randall O. Manning Scholarship. This award provides financial support to an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Health Science who has excelled in internship experiences. It honors the legacy of Dr. Randall Manning (1956-2012) who received his bachelor, master and doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia. Dr. Manning spent 20 years inspiring, teaching and mentoring environmental health student interns and provided future environmental health scientists with hands-on training that would allow them to excel in their chosen field.
  • The Rowe Environmental Health Award is named in honor of the Rowe Family and in memory of Kimberly Lynne Rowe (1970-1995), an Environmental Health Science alumnus and a budding public health professional. Awarded to a graduating senior majoring in Environmental Health Science with a strong interest in public health. Selection criteria for this cash award is based on letters of recommendation, aspiration of the student, financial need and/or academic performance. No application is required. The recipient is selected by the EHS Department’s Scholarship Committee.
  • John J. Sheuring Scholarship, established in 1967 by the Georgia Society of Professional Sanitarians (now known as the Georgia Environmental Health Association) in honor of Professors John Sheuring and Herb Henderson who started the Environmental Health Science program. Awarded to a student(s) in the Environmental Health Science major. Recipient(s) are selected on the basis of academic excellence and participation in campus activities. A Scholarship Application form is required for this award.
  • GEHA Irving Bell Golf Scholarship. Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Environmental Health Science with an interest in public health. This scholarship, supported by the Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA), covers all expenses (travel, food, accommodations, etc..) needed to attend the GEHA Annual Educational Conference, and includes a one-year paid membership to GEHA. Selection based on academic achievement, financial need, letters of recommendation, personal statement of the applicant, and the evaluation of the student’s internship. Special application is required.

Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

  • The David Hayes Undergraduate Award provides undergraduate Health Promotion and Behavior students with opportunities to develop their teaching, research and general professional skills and to enhance their undergraduate experience by supporting conference attendance, professional education classes and training, and classroom instruction support. The award fund honors the career of David M. Hayes, Ph.D. Throughout his career, Dr. Hayes was committed to student instruction and served as faculty in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia for over 20 years.To apply:Application Information
  • Bernard Ramsey Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Award. This awards recognizes an outstanding senior undergraduate major in Health Promotion based on student academic performance, professional development-related experiences, and accomplishments within the framework of the Professional Health Educator Competencies. The student selected by the Health Promotion and Behavior Faculty Committee receives a cash prize, a certificate, and their name is included on the Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Award during the spring semester. To apply: Application Information and Application Cover Sheet
  • Undergraduate Recognition Award. Recognizes up to three outstanding undergraduate majors in Health Promotion based on academic performance, professional development-related experiences, and accomplishments within the framework of the Professional Health Educator Competencies. Award winners received a cash awards. Presented during the Spring semester, the award winner not only receives a certificate and a cash award, but their name is added to the Service Award plaque.To apply: Application Information and Application Cover Sheet
  • Service Award in Health Promotion and Behavior. Given to ONE deserving undergraduate student each year, this award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding SERVICE contributions within the field of health promotion. Presented during the Spring semester, the award winner not only receives a certificate and a cash award, but their name is added to the Service Award plaque.To apply: Application Informationand Application Cover Sheet
Graduate Opportunities

Scholarships & Awards

Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs or reach out to the Graduate Coordinator in the department of interest for information regarding scholarships available at the UGA College of Public Health.

Open to Graduate Students College-wide

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation MPH Student Support Fund. The fund supports travel awards for exceptional MPH students interested in attending an academic conference or meeting during the academic year. Special considerations are given to students with accepted abstracts, journals, or presentations for the conference or meeting they wish to attend, students who have received matched funds from their department or funded grant. To apply: Application Information.
  • Kaiser Permanente Health Disparities Fellowship Award. The award funds a full assistantship every other year for a Ph.D. student whose dissertation topic relates to health disparities.
  • Public Health Outreach Support Fund Award. The award provides support to student(s) in the College of Public Health to explore the everyday challenges facing communities of need, including developing an understanding of health disparities, dissemination of information about health disparities, and participation in projects to address health disparities. Priority is for funding activities in Georgia communities of need. Funding can include travel, housing, and operational costs of service and research activities.
  • Stuart & Renée Feldman Health Disparities Award. This award provides students, faculty and staff in the College of Public Health the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of health disparities and the outcomes faced by underserved and disadvantaged populations, to disseminate information about these health disparities, and to develop and participate in activities designed to address the problem of health disparities for these populations.

Environmental Health Science

  • The Georgia Power Professor Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Health Science. Supports a graduate assistant to work with and assist in the research of the Georgia Power Professor of Environmental Health Science.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

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  • Ann & Tipton Golias International Travel Award. This travel award provides support to graduate students within the College of Public Health who are participating in internships abroad concentrating in epidemiology. The Fund was created in honor of Ann and Tipton Golias, founders of Helena Laboratories and lifelong colleagues and friends of Dr. Robert S. Galen, a founding faculty member of the College of Public Health.

Health Policy and Management

  • The Connie Lloyd Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the Department of Health Policy & Management. The recipient of the scholarship shall have a program of study that includes coursework, outreach, or internships focused on leadership, women, and health. The scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Connie Lloyd. Mrs. Lloyd was born as the second of six children during the Depression. She was an ardent proponent of education and professional development for all and was an innovative pioneer in health care management and leadership.

Graduate Assistantships

A number of graduate assistantships are awarded each year within the various units and departments of the College of Public Health. Typically, graduate teaching or research assistantships are granted for the full academic year, but awards are sometimes made for shorter periods. Research assistantships that faculty obtain through research grants may also become available during the year. Contact the Graduate Coordinator in your department for more information.

University-wide assistantships are also available through the UGA Graduate School ( Contact the Graduate School for more information about a university wide assistantship as well as fellowship, scholarship, and grant announcements from outside agencies.

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For additional information on financial aid opportunities available at the University of Georgia, please visit the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid website at

Up-to-date tuition and fee information can be found at the UGA Bursar and Treasury Services Office website.

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What is the average financial aid package for UGA? ›

Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman
Aid Type% ReceivingAverage Amount
State/local goverment grant or scholarships83%$8,868
Institutional grants or scholarships32%$6,925
Student loan aid30%$6,227
Federal student loans29%$6,252
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Does University of Georgia give good financial aid? ›

Typically, 88% of undergraduate students at University of Georgia receive an average of $10,276 in grants and scholarships and 30% receive an average of $6,200 in student loans.

What percentage of students receive financial aid at University of Georgia? ›

University of Georgia Tuition & Financial Aid

At University of Georgia, 37% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,352.

Does Zell Miller pay full tuition at UGA? ›

A: The Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of this year's standard undergraduate tuition rate. It does not cover tuition rates higher than the standard rate. 2.

Does UGA give a lot of scholarships? ›

Most academic (merit-based) scholarships for first-year students are awarded during the Admissions process. This process is usually finalized by early April for all admitted first-year students. Approximately 14% of enrolled first-year students received an academic scholarship from UGA.

What is the minimum GPA to get into UGA? ›

have a core high school GPA of 4.00 or higher.

What is the average GPA of a UGA student? ›

Average GPA: 4

The average GPA at UGA is 4. (Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

Can I get into UGA with a 4.1 GPA? ›

The average successful applicant had a GPA of 3.6 and an SAT score of right around 1200—more than 75% of those who applied were welcomed to Athens. In 2022, the average UGA admit possesses SATs within a mid-50% range of 1350-1480 and a GPA above 4.0.

What is UGA known for academically? ›

10 best school for financial aid, No. 10 best school for alumni networks and No. 15 best school for internships. UGA's online graduate programs were also recently ranked third among all institutions—both public and private—in U.S. News & World Report's best online programs ranking.

What determines how much financial aid you are eligible to receive? ›

Your eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution, your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attendance at the school you will be attending. The financial aid office at your college or career school will determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.

How does a college determine how much you receive for financial aid? ›

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

It is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible for at that school. The EFC is calculated using a formula established by law.

Does UGA automatically consider you for scholarships? ›

Academic Scholarship Awarding:

UGA Undergraduate Admissions automatically screens all incoming first-year (freshman) students for Academic Scholarships during the admissions process.

Does everyone get the Zell Miller scholarship? ›

To be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must graduate from high school with a 3.70 cumulative GPA as calculated by Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) AND an SAT score of 1200 OR an ACT score of 26.

Why didnt ti get Zell Miller scholarship? ›

If you do not maintain the minimum GPA requirement, you will not be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship until you reach the next "Tier Checkpoint". If you do not have the minimum GPA required at your "90-hour Tier Checkpoint", you will no longer qualify for Zell Miller Scholarship.

What GPA is needed for Zell Miller? ›

A Zell Miller Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.70 grade point average (as calculated by GSFC), combined with a minimum SAT score of 1200 on the math and reading portions or a minimum composite ACT score of 26 in a single national test administration, and maintain a minimum 3.30 ...

How can I increase my chances of getting into UGA? ›

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting into the University of Georgia
  1. Achieve at least a 4.02 GPA while taking the most challenging classes available.
  2. Aim for a 1220 SAT and 1390 ACT.
  3. Cultivate one or two Tier 1-2 extracurriculars (find your “spike”)
  4. Write engaging essays.
  5. Apply Early Action.
  6. Deadlines.
28 Sept 2021

Do valedictorians automatically get into UGA? ›

UGA guarantees admission to students graduating as the valedictorian or salutatorian of any SACS accredited Georgia high school, if these applicants meet Board of Regents requirements and submit an admission application with supporting documents by the deadline.

How long do you have to live in Georgia to get free college? ›

To gain Georgia Residency status, the student must be an established Georgia resident for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of the college term for which funding is sought.

What GPA is a B+ at UGA? ›

UGA is on the plus-minus grading scale and the system goes as follows: A (4.0) A- (3.7) B+ (3.3)

How hard is it to get accepted to UGA? ›

What is the acceptance rate for UGA? Georgia admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 48%. Students that get into Georgia have an average SAT score between 1250-1460 or an average ACT score of 29-33. The regular admissions application deadline for Georgia is January 1.

Is UGA difficult to get into? ›

Because of this, many college-bound high schoolers fear that it's hard to get into it. At the University of Georgia, the acceptance rate is 48%. However, the acceptance rate is slightly lower for out-of-state applicants: 40%.

What is a B+ at UGA? ›

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Can I get into UGA with a 3.3 GPA? ›

First, I want to dispel some rumors. You do not need to have a 4.00 GPA (or a 3.90 or 3.80, etc.) to be admitted to UGA. You also do not need to take X number of AP/IB courses to be admitted. There are no hard and fast requirements on what it takes to be admitted, as every high school and every applicant is different.

What college has the lowest acceptance rate? ›

10 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 4%
  • Princeton University: 4%
  • Stanford University: 4%
  • Yale University: 5%
  • Brown University: 6%
  • Dartmouth College: 6%
  • Duke University: 6%
  • University of Chicago: 6%
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Does UGA look at weighted GPA? ›

At UGA, we look at individual grades, and if a school does not add weight to the individual grades, we will then add . 5 to each AP or IB grade (4 point scale used), so a B grade would go from a 3.0 to a 3.5.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

Most students admitted to Harvard have an unweighted GPA of 4.18 or above, so you'll need to have at least a 4.2 to be seriously evaluated. To meet the Harvard requirements, you'll have to score primarily A's on your high school courses.

What is a good UGA GPA? ›

Average GPA: 4

This makes UGA Extremely Competitive for GPAs. (Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. With a GPA of 4, UGA requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants.

Is UGA a Tier 1 school? ›

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What is the number 1 school in Georgia? ›

SchoolRanking (2022 vs 2021)
RankSchoolAverage Standard Score (2022)
1Gwinnett School of Mathematics- Science and Technology99.3
2Alliance Academy for Innovation96.2
3Columbus High School96
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Is UGA a public ivy? ›

Schools on this list include Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Washington. These institutions are all said to match the actual Ivy League in terms of academic quality. That said, the Public Ivies differ from the Ivy League in key ways.

What disqualifies you from getting financial aid? ›

Incarceration, misdemeanors, arrests, and more serious crimes can all affect a student's aid. Smaller offenses won't necessarily cut off a student from all aid, but it will limit the programs they qualify for as well as the amount of aid they could receive. Larger offenses can disqualify a student entirely.

How much money is too much for FAFSA? ›

One of the biggest myths about financial aid is that you shouldn't apply if your family makes too much money. But the reality is that there are no income limits with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); any eligible student can fill out the FAFSA to see if they qualify for aid.

What disqualifies you from getting a student loan? ›

Having no credit or bad credit is common for students who are entering college, but it can lead you to be denied for private student loans. Aside from credit, private lenders can also deny you student loans for other reasons. For example, you may be denied based on: Income.

What is a normal amount of financial aid? ›

How Much Aid Are Students Getting? $234.6 billion: The total amount of aid that undergraduate and graduate students received in 2021-22 from all grants, federal loans, tax credits, and federal work-study. Average aid per full-time equivalent (FTE) student in 2021-22 was: $15,330 per undergraduate student.

What is the income limit for FAFSA 2022? ›

What is the income limit for FAFSA 2022? In 2022, the income limit for an automatic zero expected family contribution is $27,000. But this is based on the previous tax year, which would be 2021. There is no income limit for submitting the FAFSA.

Should I accept financial aid award? ›

It's always ideal to receive aid in the form of scholarships and grants, and you should accept these awards regardless of your financial situation, because it's free money that you don't have to pay back. After free money, the next best option is earned money in the form of work-study programs.

On what two grounds is a scholarship usually awarded? ›

Scholarships are payments awarded to students based on outstanding academic achievements, or because they have met all requirements set out by the scholarship sponsor.

What do colleges look at when giving scholarships? ›

Academics—It's important to have a competitive GPA. However, providers also consider how challenging your course load and school are. They also check to see if you're taking the right courses to reach your goals and how well you did in those courses.

What are the chances of getting a full ride scholarship? ›

Less than 1 percent of students get full ride scholarships, showing just how difficult it is to earn one. However, with the right background, proper planning and by knowing where to look, your chances of landing a full ride scholarship can increase.

Does Zell Miller pay full tuition? ›

A: The Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of this year's standard undergraduate tuition rate. It does not cover tuition rates higher than the standard rate. 2.

Can you lose the Zell Miller scholarship in college? ›

Students are evaluated for their continued eligibility in the Zell Miller Scholarship program at various checkpoints throughout their academic career. At each checkpoint a cumulative 3.30 GPA must be earned, or the award will be lost.

What is the difference between hope and Zell Miller? ›

Amounts: The Zell Miller Scholarship pays the standard undergraduate tuition rate. The initial HOPE Scholarship award amount assumes the maximum amount for which you are eligible each semester.

Is Zell Miller only for valedictorian? ›

Have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT or having graduated as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school AND must have had at least a 3.3 postsecondary HOPE GPA at the most recent check-point.

Can you get both hope and Zell Miller scholarship? ›

HOPE and Zell Miller are merit based scholarship programs available to Georgia students who have met the University System of Georgia and the GSFC residency requirements and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program. Students may receive HOPE or Zell Miller, but NOT both at the same time.

How do you lose HOPE Scholarship in Georgia? ›

Eligibility ends when a student attempts 127 credit hours, even if Zell Miller funds did not pay for those credits. NOTE: The HOPE GPA does not necessarily match the cumulative GPA shown in PAWS.

Does Zell Miller pay for dorms? ›

While in college, Zell Miller recipients must maintain a 3.3 cumulative grade point average. The Zell Miller Scholarship will cover full tuition for all eligible credit hours. It does not cover fees, books or housing.

How much does GA HOPE Scholarship pay? ›

HOPE Payment Amounts

For 2022-23, the HOPE Scholarship pays a maximum of $9,640 for two semesters of enrollment in 15 credit hours per term.

What is a 92 GPA? ›

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Letter GradePercent Grade4.0 Scale
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What does a typical financial aid package include? ›

The financial aid package awarded by a college or university will be explained in the award letter you receive from the school. In your award letter, you will see all the federal grants, college scholarships, college loans and work-study programs that school is willing to offer you.

How much does it cost to attend UGA for 4 years? ›

Tuition 2021 - 2022 (full-time, first-time undergraduate students)
Tuition & Fees2021 - 20222019 - 2020
In State$12,068$12,080
Out of State$31,108$31,120
On Campus
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What types of financial aid does UGA offer? ›

Types of Financial Aid
  • Scholarships.
  • Grants.
  • Loans.
  • Work-Study.
  • Savings Plans.

How much is Georgia Pell Grant? ›

The 2022-23 Award Year maximum Pell Grant Scheduled Award amount is $6,895 and the minimum is $692 (assuming full-time enrollment).

What is a good amount of financial aid? ›

Average and maximum financial aid
Type of AidAverage AmountMaximum Amount
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant$670$4,000
Total Federal Student Aid$13,120 (dependent) $14,950 (independent)$19,845 to $21,845 (dependent) $23,845 to $32,345 (independent)
Total Federal Grants$4,980$10,345
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How do I maximize my financial aid package? ›

Top Ten FAFSA Tips to Maximize Your Eligibility
  1. File the FAFSA early. ...
  2. Minimize income in the base year. ...
  3. Reduce reportable assets. ...
  4. Save strategically. ...
  5. Spend strategically. ...
  6. Coordinate 529 college savings plans with the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). ...
  7. Maximize the number of children in college at the same time.
3 Oct 2022

How much financial aid is normal? ›

Key FAFSA statistics

For 2019-20, the National Center for Education Statistics found that the average grant and scholarship aid for full-time students at four-year institutions was $14,080. According to Sallie Mae, only 68 percent of families submitted the FAFSA for 2020-21.

Is UGA hard to get into? ›

What is the acceptance rate for UGA? Georgia admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 48%. Students that get into Georgia have an average SAT score between 1250-1460 or an average ACT score of 29-33. The regular admissions application deadline for Georgia is January 1.

Can I get into UGA with a 1200 SAT score? ›

The average successful applicant had a GPA of 3.6 and an SAT score of right around 1200—more than 75% of those who applied were welcomed to Athens. In 2022, the average UGA admit possesses SATs within a mid-50% range of 1350-1480 and a GPA above 4.0.

Why is my Pell Grant so low? ›

Here's why some students don't receive the full amount: They are not enrolled in classes full-time. Pell Grants are pro-rated for students taking class part-time. The student didn't begin taking all classes before the financial aid lock date.

Do you have to pay back a Pell Grant? ›

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. Find out why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant. You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

How poor is the Pell Grant? ›

Income Limit

The Department of Education will use your family's income and expenses to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To be eligible for the Pell Grant for the 2021-2022 academic year, your EFC needs to be at or below $5,846. Because of this, there is no set income cutoff for Pell Grant eligibility.


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