Hey, my name is Blake Mercer and I'm the Assistant Director of Financial Literacy and Default Prevention at Georgia Southern University, and today I'm going to be answering some frequently asked questions on financial aid.
So first off, one of the first questions we get is when should you file your FAFSA. If you have not filed your 2021 FAFSA, then you should do it now. The priority date was February 1. So basically, that priority date doesn't mean you still can't get your funds from that, it just kind of eliminates you from certain grants or scholarships that you might have been eligible for since you didn't meet that priority date. So if you haven't followed your 2021 FAFSA, please do it now. Also, if you're planning on coming in our Eagles Success Program, you will need to file your 2019/2020 FAFSA because it's used from the prior year. So make sure that if you are coming over the summer, that you file your 19/20 FAFSA, and you also file your 2021 FAFSA for the fall/spring and following summer.
Next, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about some Hope Scholarship questions. So to be eligible for Hope Scholarship, you had to be eligible out of high school, have a 3.0 GPA. And for that, basically at Georgia Southern, Hope covers $167 of your tuition. So if your tuition, say for example, is $182.13, Hope's going to cover $167 of that. So it's a good piece, and it'll save you anywhere from $2000 to $2500 a semester.
Next, you have your Zell Miller scholarship, which to be Zell Miller eligible, you have to have a 3.7 GPA, you have at least made 26 on your ACT, or a 1200 on your SAT, and of course with this, you are only eligible out of high school for it as well. And while you're in college, you just have to maintain a 3.3 GPA to keep that Zell Miller scholarship. Now say you fall below the 3.3, but you're above the 3.0, we can change your Zell Miller out for Hope. And then once you pass one of the check points, which is at 30, 60 or 90, you can be checked again for Zell Miller.
Next, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about verification, which is something that's very common in our office. If you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, you could be chosen for something which is called federal verification. Now, this is just something to verify the information that you put on your FAFSA, that it's true. And so what we would do is our office would contact you and let you know that there are some additional requirements that you need to get in before the start of the semester. I highly recommend that if you do have notification from us, you go ahead and get this in before the start of the summer because it will make your transition into college a lot easier. And it would also eliminate any problems that may arise, so that you can start your first semester of college without any issues.
Next, in our office, we have a long list of services that we do. One of the ones that are near and dear to my heart is of course our Financial Literacy program. We can offer individual counseling on budgeting, credit. We can also help you establish your first real checking account. So we're here to help you with those services. We also offer in service for scholarship counseling. Also, if you're having issues with your financial aid, definitely come by our office and utilize all the resources that we have. We're here to help you and here to serve you. Thank you so much and have a great day.