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Applying for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

August 13, 2013
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Under the Individualized Education Plan, the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program provides support for special needs students going to a Georgia school.

Scholarships can range anywhere from $2,500 to $13,500. Generally speaking, $6,000 is the average amount awarded by the GSNS.

Awards became available in June, so right now you can see the amount your child could be eligible for with the Department of Education’s Scholarship Calculator. The Georgia General Assembly changed the formula for kindergarten through twelfth grade for the 2013-2014 school year. This means that if you calculated an amount before June 2013, it might be wise to recalculate. 

To apply for the scholarship, be sure you read each step carefully and take advantage of the Department of Education's resources provided for you. If this is your first time applying, it may be helpful to read current FAQs about the program. If you participated in the GSNS last year, make sure you are aware of the changes for the 2013-2014 school year. 

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.