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PAYING FOR SCHOOL

FEDERAL FUNDS

Federal Pell Grant

Students who have financial need and are enrolled in an eligible program may be eligible for this grant if they have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree. All students seeking financial assistance must apply for the grant before financial aid can be awarded. Grant awards are based on the level of federal funding, the cost of education, the student’s eligibility as calculated by the US Department of Education, and the student’s enrollment status. It is recommended that the student apply at least 10 weeks prior to the term beginning date.

To apply for federal Pell Grant, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. www.fafsa.ed.gov


Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Students with exceptional financial need may be eligible for this grant. The award amount depends on the availability of FSEOG funds and the amount of additional aid the student is receiving. Eligible students are processed on a first come, first serve basis until allocated funds are expended.

To apply for FSEOG, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. www.fafsa.ed.gov


Federal Work Study

The federal Work-Study program provides jobs for students who need financial aid and who must earn a part of their educational expenses. The amount of the award depends on need and the amount of funds available. Tuition and fees cannot be deducted from a federal Work-Study award. Students normally work 10 to 15 hours per week.

To apply for federal Work-Study, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov, and complete the Federal Work-Study Application Process.


STATE FUNDS

HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant Program provides grant assistance to residents of Georgia pursuing certificates or diplomas at Georgia’s public postsecondary institutions. Students are required to have a minimum postsecondary cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at certain checkpoints. An eligible student seeking a certificate or diploma may receive HOPE Grant funds as determined by the Commission.

To apply for HOPE Grant, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov.


HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. An eligible student seeking a degree may receive a HOPE Award Amount to be determined by the Commission. A student may be determined a HOPE Scholar by the Georgia Student Finance Commission at high school graduation. If a student is not a HOPE Scholar from high school, he/she may still be eligible. To determine if a student is eligible, he/she should complete the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Form.

To apply for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov.


Zell Miller Grant Program (effective Fall Term, 2014)

The Zell Miller Grant program provides grant assistance to residents of Georgia pursuing certificates or diplomas at Georgia’s public eligible postsecondary institutions. The Zell Miller Grant program does not require a high school academic requirements; however, recipients are required to have a minimum postsecondary cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the end of each term. Students who do not have a grade point average (i.e. first term students) may become eligible after their first term of enrollment. An eligible student seeking a certificate or diploma from a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) may receive Zell Miller Grant funds as determined by Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).

To apply for Zell Miller Grant, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov.


HOPE GED Voucher

The HOPE GED Grant Program provides recipients of General Education Development diplomas with a one-time award of $500 toward the cost of their postsecondary education. An eligible student must be seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree. The HOPE GED Voucher is issued to the student when he/she receives his/her GED transcript. It must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office to be utilized, and a student must completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. www.fafsa.ed.gov.


Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)

SIWDG provides grant assistance to Georgia residents seeking certificates or diplomas in Commission approved, designated programs of study. A student must be receiving the HOPE Grant in order to be eligible for SIWDG.


Student Access Loan (SAL)

The Student Access Loan (SAL) Program is a need-based, low interest loan program administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). The purpose of the program is to assist with the affordability of a college education, encourage timely persistence to the achievement of postsecondary credentials and incentivize loan recipients to work in public service. The loans or portions of the loans are forgivable for recipients who work in certain occupations.

To apply for a Student Access Loan, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov, then visit https://www.gsfc.org/secure/lg/ to complete the SAL application. For more information, click here.


Student Access Loan - Technical (SALT) (effective Fall Term, 2014)

The Student Access Loan-Technical (SALT) Program is a need-based, low interest loan program administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). The SALT Program may be funded by state general funds, proceeds from the Georgia Lottery for Education and public and/or private donations. The purpose of the program is to assist with the affordability of a college education at one of Georgia’s public technical colleges and encourage timely persistence to the achievement of postsecondary credentials. The loans, or portions of the loans, are forgivable for recipients who graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5

To apply for a Student Access Loan, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.ed.gov, then visit https://www.gsfc.org/secure/lg/ to complete the SAL application. For more information, click here.


VETERAN'S BENEFITS

The Financial Aid Office assists veterans and eligible dependents in applying for VA educational benefits. Information is also available at www.va.gov.

For enrollment information, please refer to the Veteran/Dependent Enrollment Information form. To request enrollment certification, please refer to the Veteran/Dependent Enrollment Certification Request form. For questions concerning enrollment, please contact Latasha Louis at llouis@augustatech.edu.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available to students in need of financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office. Please refer to this list of available scholarships and the scholarship application.

Questions concerning scholarships may be directed to Roberta Reeves at rreeves@augustatech.edu..


PRIVATE LOANS

Private loans are available to students. In order to apply for a private loan, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and complete the application process with the lender. Augusta Technical College works with the following lenders:

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan

Smart Option Loan funded by Fifth Third Bank

Smart Option Loan funded by Regions Bank


OUT-OF-POCKET PAYMENTS

Students may pay tuition and fees out-of-pocket by cash, check, or credit card. Accepted credit cards are Discover, Mastercard, and VISA.

Students may also set up a Nelnet Tuition Payment Plan by connecting to the e-Cashier Web site through the Augusta Technical College website.

     Information About Nelnet

     Nelnet Payment Plan Video

     Sign Up For A Nelnet Payment Plan

For more information concerning out-of-pocket payments, please contact Student Accounts at (706) 771-4030.


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