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Types of Financial Aid

Following is a brief description of non-repayable grants offered at South Georgia Technical College to help cover the cost of attendance. SGTC does not participate in Title IV student or parent loans.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Financial Aid office which is located in Room 101 of the Odom Center on the Americus Campus or in Room A43 at the Crisp County Campus.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are based on financial need which is determined by the student and parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is required annually (July 1 to June 30) to determine eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant. Pell Grant awards range from $100 to a maximum of $1882.00 per semester for 20013-2014. The amount awarded depends upon the student’s financial need index, combined with the number of credit hours taken.

To receive the Pell Grant, the student must be enrolled in a Pell eligible program of study and be accepted as either a Provisional or Regular admit. Pell Grants are not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree or higher or owes a refund to the Federal Pell Grant or any aid program or is in default of any form of Student Loan. Also, you may not be eligible for Federal Aid if you have not received your High School Diploma or GED.

  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for the Federal Pell grant
  • Go to www.pin.ed.gov to register for your PIN in order to sign your application electronically

Federal Work Study Program

Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may be eligible for Work Study positions. These are minimum wage jobs relating to the student’s area of training and are available on a limited scale for students who apply and are selected. A student that is hired for a work study position must complete all required employment forms as well as submit to a criminal background check before beginning work. For further information, contact the Financial Aid office on your respective campus.

State HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant Program provides grant assistance to residents of Georgia pursuing Certificates or Diplomas at Georgia's public postsecondary institutions. Unlike the HOPE Scholarship Program, students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific grade point average. However, students are required to have a minimum postsecondary cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at certain checkpoints. the HOPE Grant Program pays $62.57 per credit hour towards the cost of tuition each semester.

Strategic Industry Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)

Beginning with the Fall Semester 2013, TCSG students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award for the following TCSG programs: Commercial Truck Driving Early Childhood Care/Education Practical Nursing To qualify, a TCSG student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term.

State HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship is a state of Georgia financial aid program for qualified legal Georgia residents pursuing a degree program. The HOPE Scholarship pays $62.57 per credit hour towards the cost of tuition each semester.

To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, an applicant must graduate from a Georgia high school with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or better in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 cumulative grade point average in technical, vocational or other curriculum tracks. Georgia residents who do not meet the aforementioned requirements may become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship after completing 30 hours of degree level courses and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students may receive the HOPE Scholarship for 7 years from their date of high school graduation or 7 years from the date they successfully complete the GED test.

Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian.
  • Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.
  • Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.
  • Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration., and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.
  • Have first enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint.

HOPE GED Voucher

Eligible Georgia residents who pass the GED (General Education Development) Test will receive a $500 voucher from the Georgia Student Finance Commission. This one time only voucher can be used for educational expenses during the first term of enrollment at any Georgia postsecondary institution. After attending the first day of classes the GED voucher should be signed and brought to the Financial Aid Office in Room 101 of the Odom Center on the Americus Campus or in Room A43 at the Crisp County Campus. A student who is deemed eligible will be issued a check by the end of the semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

You may be offered the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) if you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and are a half-time (minimum 6 credits per semester) with demonstrated exceptional need as determined by your FAFSA application results. Awards are based on the federal formula for your expected family contribution (EFC) and your cumulative GPA.

HERO Scholarship (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring)

The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program was created to provide financial aid to students seeking a postsecondary education, who are: 1. Current members of the Georgia National Guard or United States Military Reserves who were deployed overseas on active service, on or after February 1, 2003, to a location designated as a combat zone; or 2. The children of Georgia National Guard members or United States Military Reservists who were deployed overseas on active service, on or after February 1, 2003, to a location designated as a combat zone; or 3. The spouses of Georgia National Guard members or United States Military Reservists who were deployed overseas on active service, on or after February 1, 2003, to a location designated as a combat zone, and who were killed in the combat zone, or died as a result of injuries received in the combat zone, or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in the combat zone. The Georgia HERO Scholarship Program is funded by state appropriations. The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is $2,000 per Award Year. The award amount is subject to change during the Award Year.

Student Access Loan (SAL)

The Georgia Student Access Loan (SAL) is a limited resource loan program that is designed to assist undergraduate students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. The program is also designed to provide interest rate and repayment incentives to those who complete their program of study within the designed program length, work in select public service sectors or STEM fields. Applications are only collected in pre-designated application cycle periods.

In order to receive the Student Access Loan, students must:

  • Be considered Georgia residents and United States citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Complete a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for this program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with the SAP policy at your college or university.
  • Have first applied for and exhausted all other student financial aid programs including federal and state student loans, scholarship, and grant programs.
  • Be randomly selected to participate in the program (Note: Selection does not guarantee approval and applicants may or may not be selected each application year).
  • Meet all eligibility requirements.

Other Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships
Scholarships may be available as funds permit through the South Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. and outside school, civic and private organizations. Applications are distributed to qualifying students when scholarships are available.

Veteran’s Programs
South Georgia Tech is approved for veteran’s training under various programs. These programs are briefly described below.

Chapter 30Active duty educational assistance.
Chapter 31Vocational rehabilitation for veterans with service connected disabilities.
Chapter 32Vietnam era veterans’ educational assistance.
Chapter 33Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Chapter 35War orphans-children/spouse of veteran with service connected permanent and/or total disability or fatal injury.
Chapter 1606Selective Reserve educational assistance.
Chapter 1607Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).
VRAPVeterans Retraining Assistance Program.

The area Veterans Service Offices will assist veterans and eligible dependents in applying for VA educational benefits. Veterans may obtain further information regarding Veterans Services by contacting the Veterans Certifying Official in Room 101 of the Odom Center on the Americus campus or Room A43 at the Crisp County campus.

Workforce Investment Act
WIA is a federal program that provides money to help finance the education of students who qualify. Services provided by WIA may include tuition, books, tools, and payments of either dorm and cafeteria charges or a daily supportive service allowance. For further information, contact the WIA Office, located in Room 110 of the Odom Center on the Americus Campus or call 229-931-2553.

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