To be eligible for an Achieve Atlanta Scholarship, you 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
Scholars enrolling in a technical school or associate degree program (2-year school) will be awarded $1,500 per year for up to two years of school
Scholars enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program (4-year school) will be awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
If you are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid (complete the FAFSA) please reach out to us for assistance
Demonstrate financial need through an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 – $8,000 on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (this will be determined once you complete the FAFSA)
Enroll full-time in an eligible college/university or technical program by the fall after you graduate
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
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Demonstrate financial need through an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 – $8,000 on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (this will be determined during the FAFSA application process)
- Enroll full-time in an eligible, accredited, nonprofit or public college or technical program in Georgia by the fall immediately following high school graduation. If you wish to enroll in an out-of-state college/university it must be an accredited, nonprofit or public college or technical program with a graduation rate of at least 44% according to the College Scorecard.
Yes. Please reach out to the Achieve Atlanta office at 404-880-3500 for assisstance with your application.
If you are on a 2-year/technical path, your eligibility period is a maximum of 3 years. If you are on (or transfer to) a 4-year path, your eligibility period is a maximum of 5 years. Your eligibility period begins when you first enroll at a postsecondary college/university as an Achieve Atlanta Scholar. Your Achieve Atlanta Scholarship eligibility will end once you meet the dollar maximum or eligibility period maximum, whichever comes first. The Scholarship will not be awarded for more than one associate’s or bachelor’s degree, nor will the Scholarship be awarded for students to pursue additional credits or credentials beyond their Bachelor’s degree even if the student has remaining eligibility.
I am a previous graduate of Atlanta Public Schools and I applied for the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship, but I did not qualify. Can I re-apply?
No. You must qualify for the Scholarship during your high school graduation year.
If my final GPA is just below the minimum 75 GPA, will Achieve Atlanta round up to consider me eligible?
Unfortunately, no. To be fair to everyone, we will maintain strict minimum GPA standards and will not round up.
Yes. Achieve Atlanta Scholars attending 2-year college can qualify for the 4-year Scholarship later if you:
- Earn a 2-year degree/diploma;
- Are accepted into and enroll full-time at an eligible 4-year college/university;
- Meet the Achieve Atlanta financial need requirement; and
- Have not reached the 5-year or $20,000 limit.
Yes, provided you have been enrolled in an APS high school for the last two full school years prior to your graduation and meet all other eligibility criteria, you can receive the Scholarship. As an early graduate, you should contact Achieve Atlanta directly to alert us of your early graduation and to receive instructions on how to apply in your special circumstance.
Yes. However, exceptions to Achieve Atlanta Scholarship eligibility criteria and policies are rare and will only be made due to exceptional personal or family circumstances. Please review the eligibility criteria and consider your situation carefully before submitting an appeal.
To request an appeal form, call the Achieve Atlanta office at 404-880-3500. A unique link will be emailed to you requiring a statement detailing the circumstances which contributed to your inability to meet the requirements and any plans you have to meet the requirements in the future, as well as any supporting documentation.
Applying for the Scholarship
- Starting October 1st of your high school senior year, 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.
- Starting February 1st of your high school senior year, go to www.achieveatlanta.org and find the “Apply” button at the top of the page to access the online application. You’ll need your saved SAR to complete the application.
Applications for high school seniors open February 1st and close on May 31st. Students hoping to receive a honor cord at graduation must apply by April 30th.
No, there are no fees to apply for the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application is required to receive any federal financial aid (such as Pell Grant, Perkins, etc.). You may complete this application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid (complete the FAFSA) please reach out to us for assistance.
Speak to your college adviser or school counselor. Also, see the Resources below.
Receiving My Scholarship
My Student Aid Report from FAFSA says that I was selected for verification. What does that mean for my Achieve Atlanta Scholarship eligibility?
Verification is a process that your college will conduct to review your financial need. Most likely they will request additional tax or financial documents from you or your parents. Once verification is complete the school may adjust your EFC. If your EFC increases to more than $8,000, we may review your revised financial aid award from your college to determine continued eligibility for the Scholarship.
The summer before you start college and each semester thereafter, we will send a unique update or renewal link to you. You will be asked to provide documentation confirming where you plan to enroll the next semester and that you continue to meet all eligibility criteria. The check will be mailed to the appropriate college’s/university’s financial aid office. It is important to complete this information as quickly as possible to avoid any delays with your check being mailed.
As long as the college choice on your update form meets the college’s/university’s eligibility, Achieve Atlanta will mail a check to the college’s financial aid office. The financial aid office will then place the funds on your student account.
The scholarship will be split between fall and spring semesters. Students receiving the 4-year college scholarship will receive $2,500 for fall and $2,500 for spring. Students receiving the 2-year/technical college scholarship will receive $750 for fall and $750 for spring.
I received an email that says you mailed my scholarship check, but so far, the check’s not showing up on my account. What should I do?
Contact your school’s financial aid office. The email from Achieve Atlanta includes the check number you can reference. Remember: It usually takes 1 – 4 weeks for a college/university to post a check to a student’s account.