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Financial Aid

In a stagnant economy, many students automatically assume that the cost of private education is out of their reach—but that's not necessarily the case.

At Young Harris College, we review each family's financial situation to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid. This aid may be in the form of grants, loans and/or on-campus employment opportunities. In order for us to review your family's financial situation, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 001604.

All forms and supporting documentation (if requested) should be completed by May 1 each year in order to receive priority consideration for federal, state and institutional funds for the upcoming school year.

We also automatically consider all admitted freshmen for merit-based scholarships. All we need is your application, high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Any merit-based scholarships, such as YHC Academic Scholarships, the HOPE Scholarship and the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant, can be added to Athletic or Fine Arts scholarships. As a matter of fact, more than 90% of YHC students receive some form of scholarship or grant.

Types of Aid

Young Harris College is committed to helping all students pursue their dreams of higher education, regardless of financial background. We offer several types of assistance to help make a college education a reality:

  • Merit-Based Assistance (Scholarships): More than 90 percent of YHC students receive some form of scholarship or grant. Young Harris College has an outstanding merit-based scholarship program that recognizes students for academic, athletic and fine arts abilities, to name a few.
  • Need-Based Assistance: Need-based assistance, which includes grants, work-study and loans, is funded from federal, state and institutional sources. A student's eligibility for need-based assistance is determined by information submitted each year on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Loans: Loans are sources of funding that allow students to spread the cost of education over time. Loans must be paid back, even if the student does not complete his/her education.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Financial aid awards, excluding work-study, will typically be applied to your student account each semester provided you have a complete financial aid file and your enrollment status is verified. Students who fail to enroll or attend classes are not eligible for financial aid.

Awards that require documentation will not be disbursed until such time all requirements for disbursement are met. Outside Scholarships and Grants from outside agencies are forwarded to the Business Office and listed as Outside Scholarships on your award letter. You are required to contact the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarship that will be paid to YHC on your behalf.

If you are awarded work study and want your work study proceeds to be applied to your student account, you will need to make such arrangements with the Business Office. Federal Stafford Loans and parent PLUS loans are disbursed as outlined in your guarantee statement by your guarantee agency once you complete all loan processes. If you wish to make changes or cancel any loan disbursement, or if you have any questions concerning disbursement of financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Office of the inspector general contact information

The Office of the Inspector General is the state agency responsible for receiving student complaints regarding federal aid. Contact information for the Inspector General is as follows:

Office of the State Inspector General
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.W.
1102 West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

Telephone: (404) 656-7924
Toll Free: (866) HELP-OIG or (866) 435-7644
Fax: (404) 657-9716

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