Parent Survival Guide

Your student has been accepted to Georgia Tech, now what?

Choosing a college to attend for the next four years can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, not just for the student but for the entire family. We hope that this "Parent Survival Guide" provides you with the information you need to assist your student in choosing their home for the next four years. 

Visit Campus:

Visiting campus is also a great way to see if the university and college are a good fit for your student's personality and interests. For more information on visitation programs, please go to Georgia Tech's "Admitted Freshman" page.

Have a Conversation:

As your student transitions from high school to college, your relationship will also begin to transform. We urge you to start creating a partnership with your student by having a conversation with them about their college options. Guide their path, but give them a voice.

Paying for College -- Is It Worth It?

We understand that one of the most stressful aspects of the college decision process is determining how you and/or your student will cover tuition costs and other associated expenses. There are several opportunities to help cover the costs of attending Georgia Tech for GA residents and non-residents. 

  • Visit the Georgia Tech Financial Aid to learn more about financial programs as well as critical dates and deadlines. 
  • In addition to scholarships, grants and loans, students can participate in a co-op or internship to help offset costs. College of Computing students earn, on average, $15-$25 per hour (starting salary). In many cases, students earn enough to cover the majority of costs for the next semester, while building their resume and portfolio and learning life skills. Find out more about Georgia Tech's co-op and internship programs on our Career website. 
  • For non-GA residents, study abroad opportunities allow students to pay in-state tuition during the semester they are abroad. This is a great way for students to save money and earn credits towards their degree plan, while exploring another country and culture. Georgia Tech offers international study programs in over 100 locations. Go to the Study Abroad page and peruse all of the international study programs offered.
  • Many departments on campus hire students to work part-time while taking courses. Students are able to work up to 20 hours per week while earning $8+ an hour. On-campus opportunities often have flexible hours, as supervisors understand that school comes first. 
  • Lastly, Atlanta's start-up community is on the rise. With several start-up incubators located within walking distance of campus, many of our students are able to find part-time opportunities workin in these up-and-coming companies. 

Home, Sweet Home:

Living in a dorm is a rite of passage for most college freshman. Visit the Housing website to fill out a freshman housing application and to learn more about Georgia Tech's housing options. 

Safety, A Priority at Georgia Tech:

Safety is every parent's priority for his or her student. Student safety is a priority for Georgia Tech as well. Learn more about campus safety with our "Safe Campus Initiatives" program. 

FASET -- "Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech":

FASET is Georgia Tech's orientation program for new undergraduate students, as well as their parents, family members and guests. Registration for FASET opens on May 20th. For more information and a list of dates, please visit the FASET Orientation page. 

Committing to Georgia Tech:

Once your student has made the decision to attend Georgia Tech, don't forget to pay your deposit! Deposits are due May 1st. Read through this presentation on "Making Your Acceptance Deposit" to find out the important next steps. 

Important Dates and Deadlines:

 •  Mid-April -- Financial Aid packets are available
 •  May 1st -- Deposits are due
 •  May 20th -- FASET registration opens
 •  June 23rd -- First day of classes for summer freshmen 
 •  June 23rd -- Fee payment deadline for summer freshmen
 •  July 28th-August 1st -- Final Exams for summer freshmen
 •  August 18th -- First day of classes for fall semester
 •  August 25th -- Fee payment deadline for fall semester

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