There’s a new effort to get more Atlanta kids to and through college.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
ABOUT ACHIEVE ATLANTA
* You’ll be notified of your contingent award one week after you apply.
* If you’d like to be recognized at graduation as an Achieve Atlanta scholarship recipient, be sure to apply by April 30th.
Frequently Asked Questions
Achieve Atlanta’s mission is to dramatically increase the number of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students completing post-secondary education. The goal of the Achieve Atlanta scholarship is to help remove the financial barriers preventing many APS students from reaching this important milestone.
The Achieve Atlanta scholarship will support low-income Atlanta Public School graduates who meet eligibility requirements and need assistance paying for post-secondary education.
No. Achieve Atlanta will support students along multiple paths after high school. This includes students pursuing four-year degrees, two-year degrees, and technical diplomas and certificates.
Only in limited circumstances. To use the scholarship outside of Georgia, you must attend an accredited, non-profit college or technical program that has a graduation rate of 50% or higher. You can search for colleges/programs and their graduation rates at collegescorecard.ed.gov. If you do not find your school listed here, please contact Achieve Atlanta.
The scholarship award depends on the post-secondary path you choose:
– 4-year college: up to $5,000 per year for up to four years of school
– 2-year & Technical: up to $1,500 per year for up to two years of school
Our awards are intended to serve as a “last-dollar scholarship”, meaning we expect students to pursue all other possible aid (grants, scholarships, etc.) to pay for their education. We anticipate when combined with other sources of financial aid, the Achieve Atlanta scholarship will help students and families finance post-secondary education without having to take out high-interest, private loans.
Achieve Atlanta scholarship awards can be used for tuition, room, and board at accredited, non-profit institutions, in- and out-of-state.
Yes. The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship is renewable for up to four years for students on the 4-year path and for up to two years for students on the 2-year path.
To continue receiving your Achieve Atlanta Scholarship, you must:
- Meet the minimum standard for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at your institution each semester or term;
- Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). In the event your cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0, you must raise your cumulative GPA within a one-term grace period to at least a 2.0;
- Complete the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship Renewal Application and the FAFSA every academic year; and
- Update student contact information with Achieve Atlanta as necessary.
To be eligible for the Achieve Atlanta scholarship, a student must:
- Graduate from an APS high school (includes charters)
- Be enrolled in an APS high school continuously since at least the start of 11th grade
- Graduate with a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 75 to qualify for a scholarship to a technical school or associate degree program
- Graduate with a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 80 to qualify for a scholarship to a 4-year college or university
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Demonstrate financial need by qualifying for either a full or partial Pell Grant (this will be determined during the FAFSA application process)
- Enroll full-time in an accredited, non-profit college or technical program by the fall
immediately following high school graduation
Unfortunately, the scholarship cannot fund students who have graduated from APS prior to 2016.
Brumley-GRAD scholars from the Class of 2016 are eligible, provided they meet all other eligibility criteria.
Yes, DACA recipients can apply for the scholarship. DACA recipients will need to complete the FAFSA and the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship application. Achieve Atlanta will review your application materials to determine financial need. For instructions regarding DACA students and FAFSA completion, see Student Aid’s fact sheet and United We Dream’s FAFSA toolkit, or speak to your College Adviser or Counselor.
Unfortunately, no. To be fair to everyone, we will maintain strict minimum GPA standards and will not round up.
Yes, provided you have been enrolled in an APS high school for the last two full schools years prior to your graduation and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Yes, provided you meet all other eligibility criteria. If you are accepted to college over the summer, contact Achieve Atlanta to discuss your eligibility.
APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
- Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Save the SAR (Student Aid Report) that you’ll receive 3 -10 days after you complete your FAFSA.
- Find the “Apply” button at the top of the page and click there to access the online application. You’ll need your SAR and FAFSA info.
Applications open in January 2017 (exact date to be determined) and close at 11:59 pm EST on May 31st, 2017.
No, there are no fees to apply for the Achieve Atlanta scholarship.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is required to receive any federal financial aid (such as Pell Grant, Perkins, Stafford, etc.). You may complete this application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Speak to your college advisor or school counselor. Also, see the Resources section below.
You can reach Achieve Atlanta two ways: 1) Use the “Contact Us” form on the website to send us a message, or 2) Call us at 404-880-3500 (Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM EST).
Apply for an Achieve Atlanta Scholarship!
Complete your FAFSA
Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Save the SAR
Save the SAR (Student Aid Report) that you’ll receive 3-10 days after you complete your FAFSA.
Verify your GPA
Check with your high school counselor to verify your GPA, and keep up your grades to guarantee your eligibility.
Questions? Comments? Send us a message below or call us at 404-880-3500.