The purpose of Scholar Night is for future Scholars and their families to learn about the benefits and requirements of receiving the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship. The 2022 Scholar Night was held on Thursday, April 28th, in-person and via live stream. Click here to watch the recording.
College Nights are an opportunity for students to meet their future college representatives and learn about expectations, any additional institutional and programmatic requirements, and answer questions. College Nights were held virtually the week of May 2nd-5th, 2022. You should watch the College Night hosted by your college here.
Scroll down to see the answers to frequently asked questions.
Click below to watch the 2022 Scholar Night recording. You should watch the full event to make your Scholarship official and learn about important deadlines.
Click here to download / save the 2022 Achieve Atlanta Scholar Induction Resource Guide!
See the 2022 College Night Schedule Below:
"Thank you for giving me an opportunity and a chance to advance. The monetary support and social connections
Achieve Atlanta has given me beneficially altered my life forever!"
"Thank you for giving me an opportunity and a chance to advance. The monetary support and social connections Achieve Atlanta has given me beneficially altered my life forever!"
How do I know if I qualified for the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship?
All those invited to Scholar Night are eligible for the Scholarship and should have received an initial determination email confirming eligibility.
To remain eligible and officially accept your scholarship, you must:
- Select to attend an Achieve Atlanta-eligible institution;
- Complete the Achieve Atlanta Fall Update Application. This will be emailed to you mid-June 2023; and
- Enroll in college as a full-time student by Fall 2023.
My Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is different than it was when I applied. Does this mean I need to submit a new application or documentation?
If you have already received notice that you are eligible for the Scholarship, you do not need to submit anything else at this time. If your EFC has changed, you will have the opportunity to provide an updated Student Aid Report (SAR) for our records in the Fall Update Application that will be sent to you in mid-June.
What if I need to change information that I put on my scholarship application or something changes with the school I attend?
The schools that you listed on your Initial Application do not determine where we’ll send your scholarship check. You will be emailed the Fall Update Application in mid-June where you will be required to provide proof of enrollment for the institution you’ve chosen to attend. We will send your scholarship check to this institution. If you need to switch schools after completing your Fall Update Application, please email us as soon as possible.
I plan to take a gap year or wait to start school. Will the Scholarship still be available for me?
We require all Achieve Atlanta Scholars to enroll full-time at an eligible college/university by the fall semester after high school graduate. If you choose to take a gap year or wait to start college, you will forfeit your scholarship.
We do offer an appeals process for qualified students who facing extenuating circumstances that are impacting their college enrollment. Please note that submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval. You can email or call 404-880-3500 to request an appeal application.
What if I am a spring admit?
If you are admitted for the spring term, you can request an appeal application from Achieve Atlanta by emailing us. In this appeal application, you will be required to explain why you are not enrolling seamlessly (immediately after graduation in the fall) and provide documentation confirming your spring admittance. Please note that submission of an appeal application does not guarantee approval.
If I'm starting college this summer, will the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship cover my summer term charges?
Achieve Atlanta Scholarships may not be used to pay for summer terms. Your first check will be sent directly to your school and will be applied to the fall 2023 term. We recommend you speak with your school’s financial aid office about summer term financial aid options.
Where can I use the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship? Why do out of state schools have additional eligibility requirements?
Due to changes in eligibility criteria in 2021, the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship cannot be used at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC).
We currently provide additional coaching support to Achieve Atlanta students attending out-of-state institutions on a limited basis and, therefore, must rely on the schools’ history of graduating students. Coaching for out-of-state students is currently offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able indicate your interest in receiving coaching on the Fall Update Application.
If I initially enroll in a 2-year college or technical school and later transfer to a 4-year institution, how much funding will I receive?
If you later transfer to a 4-year institution your Scholarship will increase to $5,000 per year if you have remaining eligibility.
While enrolled in a 2-year program, you can receive $750 per term for up to a maximum of 2 years (4 terms) of school. The funds must be used within 3 years of your high school graduation. When you transfer to a 4-year program, your award will be increased to $2,500 per term for up to a maximum of 4 years (8 terms) of school. Your eligibility window will be extended to 5 years from your high school graduation.
Please note that the your count of funded terms and time eligibility window does not reset when you transfer. Your time eligibility starts when you graduate from high school, and all funded terms will be counted regardless of award amount.
My major requires more than 4 years of schooling. After the first 4 years, will my scholarship still be available?
No. The 4-year award is only available to be used a total of 8 terms or 4 years.
How long will it take for the payment to be sent to my school?
We begin to mail Scholarship checks in mid-July and will continue through mid-fall. We encourage you to complete the Fall Update Application promptly when you receive it in mid-June to ensure your check is processed early to meet your billing deadlines.
How do payments work for schools on a quarter system (fall, winter, and spring)?
We will send one payment in the fall and one payment in the spring for qualified students. If you wish to have part of your fall or spring payments disbursed to your winter balance, please work with your school directly.
Will the Scholarship still apply if I study abroad for a semester at a different university through my home university?
If your home institution is sponsoring the study abroad program, you likely can use your Scholarship for that term. Every study abroad program is different, however. Please email us or call 404-880-3500 to discuss your study abroad plans in advance so that we can ensure the Scholarship is applied appropriately.
How will I know when to renew my scholarship?
Scholars will receive emails and text messages with the most recent information on upcoming application dates. In general, the Scholarship is renewed at the end of every term and checks are mailed shortly after you submit your renewal application.