JCSS Financial Aid Information

A Title I Resource for Families

Financial Aid 101

Financial aid is essential when planning to attend college or technical school; however, it can seem overwhelming. To help you in better understanding and completing the financial aid process, we have compiled resources to assist you.

However, if these resources still leave you with questions, we will be presenting a live Zoom session with Tameka Williamson, also known as "The College Prep Boss." Mrs. Williamson prides herself in helping students to "go to college for free!" Join us for her virtual event to have a chance to win one of her books for FREE!

RSVP using the link or QR Code on the image below and a link to the event will be emailed to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Your Jones County Family Engagement Coordinators-

Shelley Dunlap sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478)986-3032 Ext. 1284

Shelby Henderson shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1285

Table of Contents

1. Tameka Williamson: Information and RSVP

2. Financial Aid Basics: FAFSA & more

3. Link to JCHS Registration: Course Catalog and College & Career Resources

4. GA Futures

5. College Decision Guide and Price Calculators

6. Scholarship Information

7. Feedback Survey

Big picture
Big picture

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application used to apply for federal or state-supported financial aid to pay for a college education. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free, easy and provides you access to the largest source of financial aid available.

Financial aid covers expenses like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and other college-related expenses. The FAFSA can be used to determine eligibility for:

  • Federal Student Aid –Pell Grants and student loans.
  • State Financial Aid – HOPE Scholarship and Grant programs.
  • Institutional Financial Aid – Institutional Scholarships offered by a college.
  • Private Financial Aid – Private Scholarships provided by businesses or other organizations.

Click HERE for the FAFSA Checklist.

What You Will Need When Completing the FAFSA

When completing the FAFSA, you will be asked various questions about income, taxes, citizenship and residency. Here is a list of documents to have available that can help make filling out the FAFSA easier.

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card (if applicable)
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Most recent income tax return (see the instructions on the FAFSA if the tax return has not been completed)
  • Records of child support paid
  • Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs
  • Records of student grant, scholarship and fellowship aid, including AmeriCorps awards, that was included in your (or your parents’) adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Current stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Current business and farm records
  • Current bank statements
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet 2022-2023

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) online at fafsa.gov or via the myStudentAid mobile app.


Click here to access the FAFSA website!

College Prep Checklists

Big picture
GA Futures

Click here for all of your needs relating to college and career preparedness. Create a GAfutures account to check your HOPE GPA and find out more information on eligibility for the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships.

GAfutures - Financial Aid 101
College Decision Guide

Click here to access GA Futures' College Decision Guide, Process, Requirements & Timeline.

What is a Net Price Calculator?

The Net Price Calculator is a tool for students and parents to get an estimate of what it may cost to attend a given college. Most colleges have their own Net Price Calculator that includes their specific costs. The information you receive from the calculator is a broad estimate geared primarily for first-time, full-time students and may vary from student to student depending on personal factors. It is an estimate based on cost of attendance (COA) and financial aid provided to students in a previous year (if applicable). The estimates are not binding on the colleges or the state.
Big picture

HOPE Scholarship Requirements


• Georgia resident

• Academic GPA of 3.0 as calculated by GSFC

• 4 rigor credits

• No SAT/ACT requirement

• College eligibility – Maintain a 3.0 GPA

• Pays roughly 75% of tuition

Zell Miller Scholarship –

• Georgia resident

• Academic GPA of 3.7 as calculated by GSFC

• 4 rigor credits

• SAT – 1200 (EBRW/M) or ACT – 26 Composite

• College eligibility – Maintain a 3.3 GPA

• Pays roughly 100% of tuition

How to apply:

• If the student only wants to receive the HOPE Scholarship , then he/she may complete the GSFAPP.

• If the student wants to receive HOPE in addition to Federal Aid, such as grants and/or student loans, then the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

• The Financial Aid Office at the college where the student is attending will use the test scores on file to determine if the student is eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship.

Big picture

Jones County Schools Family Engagement

If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Ms. Shelley Dunlap, Family Engagement Coordinator

sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Mrs. Shelby Henderson, Family Engagement Coordinator

shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1285

Mrs. Leslie Poythress, Executive Director of Family Engagement

lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

Mrs. Charlotte Foskey, Executive Director of Federal Programs and Assessment

cfoskey@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1233

Mr. Charles Lundy, Superintendent of Schools

clundy@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032