Savannah State University offers scholarships to undergraduates and graduates from private, federal, state and university-funded sources. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary. Criteria for merit-based scholarships include academic achievement, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, awards and honors.

New students are required to complete the FAFSA and be admitted to the university by April 1, 2020. Current students are required to complete the FAFSA and register for Fall 2020 classes by April 1, 2020.

There is no application for most SSU general scholarships. Use an SSU student login to apply for institutional scholarships or apply for external scholarships. CLICK BELOW TO START YOUR SUBMISSION!



Georgia HOPE Scholarship

The Georgia HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers some tuition for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 GPA in a technical curriculum track to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Students become ineligible for HOPE Scholarship seven years after the date they graduated high school or equivalent. Students who received a HOPE Scholarship payment during the 2010-2011 award year will remain eligible through June 30, 2015, regardless of graduation date. Active duty military service time does not count against the seven-year period.

A non-traditional student may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship after completing 30 credit hours towards their degree and maintain a 3.0 GPA. GPAs are recalculated at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours, at which time the student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. The scholarship is limited to 127 combined HOPE Grant/Scholarship credit hours. Students can only regain the HOPE scholarship one time. This scholarship with the Zell Miller Scholarship cannot exceed 127 attempted hours. In addition, payment from any combination of HOPE Grant/Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant/Scholarship, and Accel Program funds (through Spring term 2011) cannot exceed 127 semester hours of credit.

Zell Miller Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The Zell Miller Scholarship covers 100% of tuition for students who are the Valedictorian or Salutatorian for their graduating class; or received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT composite scale score of at least 26 and graduated from high school with at least a 3.7 calculated GPA. Students must be enrolled in a degree program.

Students must have a 3.3 GPA at all checkpoints (30, 60 and 90 semester hours), at the end of Spring and at the end of 3 part time terms for beginning students. Students who lose eligibility may regain the scholarship once. Students who lose eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship may continue to receive the HOPE Scholarship if they are eligible. Degree classes taken at any post-secondary institution are counted in the GPA calculation. This scholarship with the HOPE Scholarship cannot exceed 127 attempted hours. In addition, payment from any combination of HOPE Grant/Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant/Scholarship, and Accel Program funds (through Spring term 2011) cannot exceed 127 semester hours of credit.

Presidential Scholarships

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Honors Program Scholarships

The awards are targeted to scholars who have demonstrated academic excellence in addition to extensive civic engagement, leadership experience, or interest in global citizenship.  Scholars must have a 3.4 or higher high school GPA and mid to high ACT/SAT scores as incoming freshman.  Once in the program, scholars must maintain a GPA greater than 3.0 to remain eligible to retain the scholarship.  Each award is valued at $1,500 per 16-week academic term (excluding the summer semester).  This award cannot put the Scholar in a refund status.

For more information on the program and the application process, visit the Honor's Program website.

NROTC Preparator Scholarships

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SSU Band Scholarships

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Athletic Scholarships

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Other Scholarships

This list is not comprehensive and is provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion or exclusion of a particular site should not be interpreted as an endorsement or lack thereof by Savannah State University.

To view our scholarship listing click here. After admission to the university, students should access the scholarship system for a complete listing of all opportunities both institutional and external opportunities in order to apply. 

Listed below are some external opportunities.  For a complete listing of external opportunities that have been vetted for authenticity, log in to Savannah State's Scholarship Universe.

AES Engineering Scholarship

Burger King Scholars

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation


Elks National Foundation

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union

Grady Young Foundation

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Military Families Scholarships

National Association of Black Narcotic Agents (Criminal Justice majors)

National Research Council of the National Academies (graduates)

P.E.O. IPS Scholarship Award female international graduates

The nsoro Educational Foundation

The Watson-Brown Scholars

Thurgood Marshall Fund


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