COVID-19 Resource Page

Updated May 15, 2020

CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds for Eligible Students

As provided in the CARES Act legislation, the U.S. Department of Education has authorized emergency financial aid to students through the CARES Act to address financial needs due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19.    Students are eligible for the CARES Act funding if they meet the specific criteria according to the guidance released from the U.S. Department of Education.

For the full CARES Act legislation, please visit: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/s3548/BILLS-116s3548is.pdf

For a summary of eligibility guidance from the U. S. Department of Education, please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf

CARES Act for Augusta Technical College Students

Augusta Technical College (ATC) signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on April 15, 2020 for the CARES Act Grant in the amount of $2,193,339 to be distributed to eligible students.

First Distribution Plan – Expected Release May 15, 2020

Under the current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia, Augusta Technical College will award CARES Act Emergency Relief funds in the amount of $1,000.00 for Spring Semester 2020 enrolled students who meet the following eligibility criteria on or before April 27, 2020.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for CARES Act Funding for the first distribution, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Was enrolled in at least one on-campus class as of March 14, 2020 (Spring Semester 2020) in a Title IV eligible program leading to a certificate, diploma, or degree
  2. Meets Title IV eligibility for Federal Financial Aid for the 19-20 Aid Year as of April 27, 2020.
    1. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status must be in good or warning status, on an approved SAP appeal, or SAP Continuation Plan for Spring 2020.

Who is not eligible?

The following students are not eligible for CARES Act Funds under the first Distribution Plan:

  1. Dual Enrolled High School students
  2. Transients (host)
  3. DACA/Foreign Students
  4. Special Admit Students
  5. Students with defaulted federal student loans, overpayments or other loan eligibility restrictions
  6. Were only enrolled in a Part of Term that ended prior to March 14, 2020
  7. Were only enrolled in online/distance education classes for Spring Semester 2020
  8. Withdrew from all Spring 2020 courses prior to March 14, 2020
  9. Have outstanding FAFSA verification requirements
  10. Students on financial aid suspension (paying out of pocket to attend)

Second Distribution Plan – Expected Release Date June 12, 2020

Augusta Technical College will run a second distribution of funds for the CARES Act Emergency Relief at a later date if needed. This second distribution will be used to provide funds for students who met some of the eligibility requirements after the first disbursement and any students who are considered eligible at the time of the distribution based on revised or updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia.  The amount of funds to be distributed per students will be determined closer to the distribution date to ensure all eligible students at that time are included.

How will the money be disbursed?

Funds will be disbursed via direct deposit or check. Please be sure that your refund preference is set. For more information to enter direct deposit information, please visit:  https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/direct-deposit.cms.  Some students who qualify for this funding may not have received refunds from the college in the past and, as a result have not established a refund preference.  In order to receive the funds timely, students must specify their refund preference in their Smartweb account. 

What are the options for receiving my refund?    

There are two options available:

  1. Electronic deposit to an established account at a financial institution of your choice.   (Please note:  If your account is already entered, please confirm that your financial institution and account information are correct.)
  2. Check by mail to address on student account.    (Please note:  Local financial institutions do charge a fee to cash checks for those who do not already have an established account with a local financial institution.  Options 1 is highly encouraged).

If I already have a refund preference established for previous refunds issued, will I receive this refund the same way? 

Yes, unless you make a change prior to the disbursement date.     

How do I change a refund preference that was previously set up? 

Go to https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/direct-deposit.cms.

How quickly will the funds be deposited into my account?

This depends on your financial institution’s processes and policies.  Some funds may be available immediately and others may be the following business day.

How can I get additional assistance?

Email the Augusta Technical College support team, Financial Aid Office, finaid@augustatech.edu, or Student Accounts, stu.accounts@augustatech.edu

Even though we aren’t on campus, we are working remotely to serve our college community. Contact us to let us know how we can help:

Academic Advising/Navigation: advisingcenter@augustatech.edu
Admissions Office: admission@augustatech.edu
Career Services: careerservices@augustatech.edu
Financial Aid: finaid@augustatech.edu
Help Desk: augtech_it_helpdesk@augustatech.edu
Library: library@augustatech.edu
Student Accounts: stu.accounts@augustatech.edu
Student Records: student.records@augustatech.edu
Testing Services: testingcenter@augustatech.edu
Distance Education: 706.771.4860 or submit a Help ticket in Blackboard (This is for assistance with Badge or Blackboard (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses))

You can also locate answers to many general questions on our Student Resources webpage, at https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/student-resources.cms.

 

 

Updated April 20, 2020(Edited May 1, 2020 11:48 A.M.)

For 2020 Spring and Summer Semesters, course content and instruction for all Augusta Tech campuses and sites, including Adult Education and the Georgia Cyber Center, will remain online. Students are encouraged to participate in these classes, complete assignments, and engage with their instructors at prescribed online meeting times. This teaching platform will ensure that students are able to complete their courses and meet their academic requirements. We will continue to maintain online academic and student support services. 

Summer Semester 2020 is scheduled June 1 through August 14, 2020. The semester courses will be delivered in an online format with lab and clinical options (if allowable by the site). 

The lecture component of all classes will be delivered in an online format using the Blackboard learning environment. All students are required to complete Badge training before registering for online courses. Course schedules may include a “to be announced” (TBA) notation for lab, clinical, and lecture opportunities to be scheduled at a later date. 

For more specific details regarding Summer Semester Registration and Badge training, students should review the Summer Semester FAQ on the Distance Education page  and contact their program advisor with any questions. Students should continue to monitor their SmartWeb email for further communication concerning Summer Semester.

Students with academic concerns should connect with their instructors or advisors. For those who are experiencing anxiety or excessive stress, please reach out to the Counseling Center at counseling@augustatech.edu for resources to assist you. Please continue to monitor the college website and social media platforms for the latest information.

College cleanliness is a top priority. Our custodians have taken extra measures to keep the campuses disinfected. This includes walls, windows, bathrooms, railings, doors, floors and more. We will continue to disinfect the places individuals touch the most, if possible. Employees who are on campus are encouraged to wear gloves and face masks. 

The Augusta Tech community is at its best when we work together. We are in challenging times. It is our commitment to each other that will help us to see this through together.

Sincerely,

 

Sheila Hill

Interim President

Even though we aren’t on campus, we are working remotely to serve our college community. Contact us to let us know how we can help:

Academic Advising/Navigation: advisingcenter@augustatech.edu
Admissions Office: admission@augustatech.edu
Career Services: careerservices@augustatech.edu
Financial Aid: finaid@augustatech.edu
Help Desk: augtech_it_helpdesk@augustatech.edu
Library: library@augustatech.edu
Student Accounts: stu.accounts@augustatech.edu
Student Records: student.records@augustatech.edu
Testing Services: testingcenter@augustatech.edu
Distance Education: 706.771.4860 or submit a Help ticket in Blackboard (This is for assistance with Badge or Blackboard (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses))

You can also locate answers to many general questions on our Student Resources webpage, at https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/student-resources.cms.

Updated March 31, 2020 (Edited @ 5:22 p.m.)

In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, all TCSG colleges will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.  Augusta Technical College will continue to hold classes via digital platforms only for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. 

Students should look for specific guidance from instructors and should continue to monitor their Augusta Technical College Smartweb email and Blackboard account for communication from their instructors.  

The start date for Summer term will be announced at a later date.  As always, please continue to check this resource page, your SmartWeb email, and social media for up to date information.

Stay Safe and see below for contact information to campus resources.

Even though we aren’t on campus, we are working remotely to serve our college community. Contact us to let us know how we can help:

Academic Advising/Navigation: advisingcenter@augustatech.edu
Admissions Office: admission@augustatech.edu
Career Services: careerservices@augustatech.edu
Financial Aid: finaid@augustatech.edu
Help Desk: augtech_it_helpdesk@augustatech.edu
Library: library@augustatech.edu
Student Accounts: stu.accounts@augustatech.edu
Student Records: student.records@augustatech.edu
Testing Services: testingcenter@augustatech.edu
Distance Education: 706.771.4860 or submit a Help ticket in Blackboard (This is for assistance with Badge or Blackboard (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses))

You can also locate answers to many general questions on our Student Resources webpage, at https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/student-resources.cms.

Updated March 24, 2020 (Edited March 30, 2020)

The suspension of all on campus functions is extended through the end of Spring semester. This includes Adult Education, testing, and activities. Credit program classes will continue in an online or correspondence format. Note: The College will retain its scheduled spring break from April 6 - 10, 2020. Please continue to check your SmartWeb email for communications from your instructor(s) regarding assignments and due dates during this time.

The College’s leadership team is monitoring the situation and will continue to develop answers, adjust plans as necessary, and communicate frequently. Current plans are to consider the need to extend the spring semester.

Even though we aren’t on campus, we are working remotely to serve our college community. Contact us to let us know how we can help:

Academic Advising/Navigation: advisingcenter@augustatech.edu
Admissions Office: admission@augustatech.edu
Career Services: careerservices@augustatech.edu
Financial Aid: finaid@augustatech.edu
Help Desk: augtech_it_helpdesk@augustatech.edu
Library: library@augustatech.edu
Student Accounts: stu.accounts@augustatech.edu
Student Records: student.records@augustatech.edu
Testing Services: testingcenter@augustatech.edu
Distance Education: 706.771.4860 or submit a Help ticket in Blackboard (This is for assistance with Badge or Blackboard (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses))

You can also locate answers to many general questions on our Student Resources webpage, at https://www.augustatech.edu/student-resources/student-resources.cms.

Please be safe and continue to monitor www.augustatech.edu, your SmartWeb email, and all Augusta Tech social media channels for updated information and resources.

Updated March 14, 2020 (Edited March  17, 2020)

Dear Students,

In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), Augusta Technical College has made the decision to suspend all on campus functions effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This includes Adult Education, testing, and activities. Credit program classes will continue in an online or correspondence format. Please check your SmartWeb email for communication from your instructor regarding assignments and due dates for coursework during this time.‚Äč

If you need any assistance with resetting your SmartWeb email password, please contact the IT Help Desk at 706.771.4864 or AugTech_IT_Helpdesk@augustatech.edu. If you need assistance with Badge or Blackboard (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses), please contact Distance Education at 706.771.4860 or submit a Help ticket in Blackboard.  

While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.  This remains a rapidly evolving situation and we know that members of our community will have questions that this announcement does not yet answer.

The College’s leadership team is monitoring the situation and will continue to develop answers, adjust plans as necessary, and communicate frequently. Current plans are to consider the need to extend the spring semester and to resume all on-campus functions on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Please be safe and continue to monitor www.augustatech.edu, your SmartWeb email, and all Augusta Tech social media channels for updated information and resources.

Thank you.

Augusta Technical College

Updated March 12, 2020

Dear Augusta Technical College Students, Employees, Family, Friends, and Partners:

There is no higher priority than the safety and health of our community. As you know, the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is rising in Georgia. I want to provide you with an update and steps we are taking to reduce risk of infection.

Currently, there have not been any cases of coronavirus exposure to anyone on our campuses. We continue to provide our college community with communications that detail preventative measures people should take to reduce risk of infection. This includes CDC-recommended strategies such like:

  • Washing hands regularly
  • Avoiding the touching of eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with tissues
  • Avoiding close contact with those who may be sick
  • Staying home when sick

We are following guidance from The Governor's office, the Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Public Health. We are also taking extra measures to regularly clean and disinfect areas that have high amounts of human contact. This includes lavatories, doorknobs, elevators, and stair railings, among other items. We are monitoring this developing situation closely and we are committed to providing you with accurate information in a timely manner.

Augusta Technical College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into action if needed. We will update this page regularly to ensure that you remain abreast of information that is received. We thank you for your trust as we continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for you.

Sincerely,

Sheila Hill, Interim President
Augusta Technical College

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