Financial Aid - Shorter University
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A Shorter University education is more affordable than you may think: 95% of our students receive some kind of financial aid. Don’t rule out Shorter before you understand all the ways you may receive help to pay for your education. We believe a college education should be affordable for everyone. We strive to keep our tuition lower than most comparable universities.

We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff at Shorter is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Financial assistance available through our office includes grants, scholarships, loans, student employment, and veteran’s services.

Please feel free to CONTACT US or stop by our office in Sheffield-Thompson, Main Floor, Room 119.

Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Need to learn more about financial aid?

Online Financial Aid System

Login to Online Financial Aid System

If you are having issues accessing your Financial Aid information online due to continued prompting to complete a survey, try accessing the site in Private Browsing Mode. Right click on the link, scrolling down to the third option. This will say “Open Link in Incognito Window” in Chrome or “Open Window in inPrivate Window” in Edge. You will then be prompted to log in. Students may access the Shorter University online Financial Aid System at On that link click the “Receive PIN by email” link to obtain a PIN. Please note that the entire financial aid application process can be started within the Shorter University Online Financial Aid System.

This online system will allow financial aid applicants to:

  • Apply for financial aid online
  • View award and application status
  • Print forms
  • Accept or decline awards
  • View important award messages

For assistance with accessing this system please contact the Shorter University Financial Aid Office at (706) 233-7227 or

Important Information Regarding your FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education recently created an enhancement to the FAFSA filing process by allowing applicants and parents to retrieve tax data from the IRS.  This new process is called the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. We strongly recommend that parents and students select this option when filing their FAFSA. This option will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid.

Although the FAFSA may be filed any time after January 1st, we suggest you file your FAFSA after February 1st and after you have filed your federal taxes in order to take advantage of the IRS Retrieval Tool.

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

>    IRS Data Retrieval tool will allow FAFSA filers to request and retrieve their income and tax data from the IRS

>    Electronically filed tax return information will be available in 1-2 weeks after the return has been filed

>    Data from paper tax returns will be available in 6-8 weeks

What are my next steps?

>    File federal taxes as soon as possible

>    Wait for the IRS to process your return

>    File FAFSA after February 1 and use IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Do not select “Will file”.


Help us serve you better by answering a few short questions about your experience with our Financial Aid Office. Please follow the link below to complete the survey. Thank you for your time and effort!

Financial Aid Office Customer Service Survey

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Policies and Procedures

Please review the following policies and procedures regarding the receipt of your financial aid. In the Shorter University financial aid office, we use the Shorter University email system as our official means of documented communication. If you prefer to receive printed correspondence, please let us know.

Upon being awarded, we will email a notification to you stating that your financial aid awards are ready for your review. Afterwards, please accept or decline your awards within 10 days. Should we not hear from you within 10 days, we will assume that you approve of your financial aid awards package. For more information, please see Policies and Procedures.