Financial Aid: Explained

School will be starting back next month and it’s important to understand the basics of paying for your education. In 2014-15, about two-thirds of full-time students paid for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships, but sometime the process can be difficult to navigate. Below is a helpful guide explaining a few aspects regarding student financial aid, but it is recommended to do additional research and visit your financial aid office at school. FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the FAFSA is made available to the public on October 1 and is recommended that students fill it out as soon as possible. Types of Aid Hope Scholarship In Georgia, HOPE Scholarships are merit-based awards — independent of family income — and available to all students from Georgia pursuing an undergraduate degree. They pay for tuition at any in-state two- or four-year college or university and most fees. The tuition award amount is determined annually by the Georgia Student Finance Commission as a “per credit hour rate” which is published on their website. All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must: Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements Be a legal resident of Georgia Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990 Not...

Meet Damita Glaude: Editorial Intern

Damita Glaude’s involvement in politics is relatively new as this will be her first real foray into activism and organizing. Her training as a journalist and experiences in college provided an opportunity to learn about issues affecting the people around her as well as outside communities. Now, Damita, who has a bachelor’s in communication from Kennesaw State University, hopes to use her skills to inform and advocate for change. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? My freshman year in college was instrumental in helping me develop a voice and a passion for helping people. Growing up, I thought that politics was an old man’s game. I would never know enough to ever get involved. But change starts where you are, using the tools you have access to. College taught me that you can make a difference by using the unique skills and voice you have and I think I finally have enough courage to do so. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? I would love to meet Audre Lorde. Lorde’s thoughts on women in academia, queer women navigating life and personal politics are still relevant decades after her passing. Her contributions to feminism are unquestionable and I would love to ask her questions on how to be a better activist. Her quote, “Your silence will not protect you,” still shakes me as someone who has tried so hard in the past not to rock the boat and speak up for what I believe in. How do you recharge? I recharge by disengaging. Constantly absorbing news and discussing...

Meet Malav Shah: Web Development Intern

  Malav is a web and software developer from India who currently resides in NJ – though he’s usually on the road having adventures just as often as he isn’t. Presently, he is completing his graduation in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He enjoys the challenge of crafting beautiful and intuitive experiences out of seemingly complex interactions. When he is not coding, you’ll typically find him watching movies or hanging out with his buddies.   Q&A   What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I am very much interested in the politics since my childhood. I grew up in Vadodara, western part of India where India’s current prime minister belongs to. The culture of the area is that is a norm and expectation for the citizens to be involved in the political process since early childhood days. Everyone is taught to get involved in the political process to learn more about it and to ensure a strong democracy. Since my childhood days, I am watching the political processes taking place around me. My uncle is very much very active in politics and has taught me many ways to be a successful candidate in the political process.   If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? There are many historical figures I would love to meet like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, but among all of them would be George Washington. The Founding father of The United States of America, George Washington, is till date one of the greatest leaders that we have ever seen. He led the American...

Meet Olivia Todd: Digital Media Intern

  Olivia Todd is a recent graduate of Georgia College and State University, where she received her B.A in Mass Communications. She is a feminist that firmly believes in fairness, democracy and equality. Olivia doesn’t have extensive experience working in politics, but is incredibly excited to connect with her community and help spread awareness. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I am inspired by my peers whose lives are being affected by political decisions. I used to be empathetic towards the whole process, but after hearing stories from marginalized people and witnessing what change can be made by people rallying, donating and fighting I was motivated to join the cause. Politics impact each and every one of us and it’s important be aware of what’s going on both locally and nationally.   If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? This was a hard one, but I think I’d choose Ida B. Wells. One of my favorite subjects to learn about in history class were the muckrakers, journalists that exposed corruption during the Progressive Era, and Ida definitely helped inspire that wave of journalism. She owned the Free Speech newspaper where she wrote about issues of race, politics and led an anti-lynching campaign that helped expose the horrible events occurring in the south. She was a suffragette that lead protests on the White House, established civil rights organizations and never stopped fighting for what she believed. As someone who is passionate about the power of communication and the written word, I think she’s amazing.   How do you recharge?...

Meet Jonathan Mangrum: Policy Intern

  Jonathan Mangrum has lived in Augusta, Georgia all his life, and he been interested in politics since he began college two years ago. He studies political science and economics at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he left for a semester to study and intern in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, Jonathan plans to serve in the military or return to Washington to continue his education or find work. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I want to make constructive contributions and changes like anyone else, and I think I offer the most to myself and the world by working in politics. Politics isn’t a game, but it involves a lot of strategy to solve complex problems. If I can meaningfully contribute to conversations on issues that impact everyday life, I think I’ve found where I need to be. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? I don’t know a thing about this person, but I would like to meet my first relative who moved to America. I can’t imagine the life he or she must have lived, but I would like to know more about it. If it has to be a famous historical figure, I would like to meet Button Gwinnett, a founding father of the United States, a Georgian signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of my ancestors. How do you recharge? I relax in a few different ways. A full night of sleep or a hot shower never hurt anyone, but I feel best when I accomplish something. That might...