3 months ago
Paying for College

Do non-citizens get any financial aid when talking about state-by-state scholarships such as HOPE for Georgia?

I am a resident of the state of Georgia, but I am not a citizen and am not sure if I would be considered a permanent resident. I need to apply for scholarships and financial aid, but I am not sure if I would be considered an international student or anything else. Can someone please explain what I would be categorized as? For more information, I have been living here for 13 years and I do not have my green card yet. If you need any more information, I can easily share with you. Thanks!

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3 months ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! By definition, a green card is the way to become identified as a "Permanent Resident" in the US (https://www.uscis.gov/green-card). Given this information, even though you live in the state of Georgia, you will be considered an international applicant in US college admissions. If you want more information about the different classification of applicants with respect to citizenship check out this blog post, at the very bottom section (https://blog.collegevine.com/a-guide-to-the-citizenship-section-of-the-common-app-can-i-still-get-into-college-if-im-undocumented/).

For many government financial aid programs, you will need to have a social security number (SSN) which only comes from having a US citizenship. For many state and private organizations, the requirements will defer, so you will have to research eligibility for every scholarship you want to apply to. It seems you may qualify for the HOPE scholarship as a non-citizen if you have lived in Georgia for more than 24 months to reach their residency status minimum (https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-scholarships/hope-scholarship/basic-eligibility/).

Hope this helps!


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