Types of Aid Available

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 A51 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 $300 to a maximum of $3248.00 per semester for 2021-2022. 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.

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.

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment Program is a component of Accel and GA Student Finance Commission and provides for participation in Dual Credit Enrollment for eligible High School and Home Study students. These students earn postsecondary credit hours and simultaneously meet their high school graduation or Home Study completion requirements as Dual Credit Enrollment students at the College. State revenues provide funding for this program. The award amount received by eligible students and the total amount of funds appropriated for the program is established each year by the Georgia General Assembly during the prior legislative session and is subject to change during the Award Year. Currently (2021-22 Aid Year) Dual Enrollment pays 100% of the standard tuition rate ($100.00/credit hour) up to a maximum of 15 credit hours per term. Books are provided at no cost to the student, but the eligible institution can charge the student for course related fees or supplies required for program participation. In the event that a student loses or damages a textbook that has been provided, the College may charge the student up to $75.00 to replace the damaged book. Credits taken under the Dual Enrollment program do NOT count against a student’s lifetime HOPE cap.

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 $76.00 per credit hour towards the cost of tuition each semester.

HOPE Career Grant

SGTC students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from the HOPE Career Grant for the following TCSG programs: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder, Air Conditioning Technology, Aircraft Structural Technology, Automotive Chassis/Climate Control, Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics Maintenance Technology, Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder, Business Technology, Certified Manufacturing Specialist, Child Development Specialist, Computer Forensic and Investigation Specialist, Commercial Truck Driving, Diesel Equipment Technology, Drafting Technology, Early Childhood Care/Education, Electrical Construction Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Electrical Lineworker, Electronics Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter/EMSP, Flux Cored ARC Welder, Game Development Specialist, Gas Metal ARC Welder, Gas Tungsten ARC Welder, Industrial Systems Technology, Medical Coding, Medical Front Office Assistant, Microsoft Network Administrator, Motorsports Vehicle Technology, Networking Specialist, Nurse Aide, PC Repair and Network Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Pipe Welder, Practical Nursing, Precision Machining & Manufacturing Technology, Medical Assisting, Robotic Technician, Unmanned Aerial Systems Technology, Vertical Shielded Metal ARC Welder Fabricator, Welding and Joining Technology, and Welding Blueprint Reading. To qualify, a SGTC 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 $67.00 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:

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 A51 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.

Other Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships may be available as funds permit through the South Georgia Technical College 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 30  Active duty educational assistance.

Chapter 31  Vocational rehabilitation for veterans with service connected disabilities

Chapter 32  Vietnam era veterans’ educational assistance.

Chapter 33  Post 9/11 GIA Bill.

Chapter 35  War orphans-children/spouse of veteran with service connected permanent and/or total disability or fatal injury.

Chapter 1606  Selective Reserve educational assistance.

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 109 of the Odom Center on the Americus campus