Financial aid is available from both public and private sources. Aid can take the form of scholarships and grants, which do not require repayment, and loans, which must be repaid. There are also work-study programs available that provide part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your education expenses.
DISCLAIMER: Augusta Technical College does NOT participate in the Direct Loan Program.
Federal student aid is available only to U. S. citizens or eligible noncitizens with a valid Social Security Number who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Augusta Technical College. Students seeking federal student aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
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 fe
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.
The Pell Recalculation Date (sometimes referred to as the census date) is a date in the semester when the Financial Aid Office is required to evaluate your Federal Pell Grant eligibility based on your current enrollment status. If the Pell Grant you were awarded does not match with your current enrollment status, your award must be adjusted.
- All award amounts listed in SmartWeb are subject to change.
- If you were not yet enrolled for the semester at the time of your initial award, the award is based on an assumed full-time enrollment status.
Pell Recalculation Date
- Fall 2020 – Friday, September 18, 2020
- Spring 2021 – Friday, February 5, 2021
- Summer 2021- Friday, June 11, 2021
After the Pell Recalculation Date
Any classes added after the Pell Recalculation Date will not count towards your Federal Pell Grant eligibility, regardless of the start date for the class. If you drop, withdraw from, or do not attend classes that you were registered for, your financial aid award may be adjusted in the following situations.
- If funding has already disbursed, you may be required to repay your financial aid.
- If funding has not yet disbursed and:
- You were awarded any state grants, your award may be reevaluated, depending on the grant.
- You were awarded a Pell Grant, your award will be reevaluated to determine your eligibility.
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.
The Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU), is the percentage of Pell Grant you have used against the lifetime maximum allowable. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, the maximum you may receive is the equivalent of 6 years - which is 12 full-time semesters, or 18 full-time quarters. The maximum amount you can receive each year is equivalent to 100%, therefore, the 6-year maximum is 600%. The Department of Education keeps track of how much of your award you use each year and calculates the percentage against the whole, (or 100%). This percentage is then deducted from the Lifetime Eligibility Used maximum of 600%.
Students may be eligible to receive up to 150 percent of their Scheduled Award for an award year. This provision is called Year-Round Pell which allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. To be eligible to receive Pell funds in excess of 100% of their Scheduled Award during a single award year, students must be enrolled at least halftime (6+ hours). .
- If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
- If you enrolled part-time Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.
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.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission administers a variety of financial aid programs purposed to help Georgians gain postsecondary training, certifications, and degrees. Eligibility requirements differ for each program.
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, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) or printable paper GSFAPPS application.
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. Students who attended another college or university prior to attending Augusta Technical College will need to request a HOPE Scholarship evaluation by completing the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Form.
To apply for HOPE Scholarship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) or printable paper GSFAPPS application.
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, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) or printable paper GSFAPPS application.
The Zell Miller 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 Zell Miller Award Amount to be determined by the Commission. A student may be determined a Zell Miller Scholar by the Georgia Student Finance Commission at high school graduation. Students who attended another college or university prior to attending Augusta Technical College will need to request a HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship evaluation by completing the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Form.
To apply for Zell Miller Scholarship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) or printable paper GSFAPPS application.
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 (FAFSA).
HOPE Career Grant (formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) 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 HOPE Career Grant (formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant).
The Student Access Loan (SAL) Program is a state need-based, educational low interest loan administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). Applications are only accepted in pre-designated application cycle periods. If you are planning to enroll in a certificate, diploma or degree program at a Technical College in Georgia, visit https://apps.gsfc.org/SecureNextGen/lg/index.cfm for additional details and to submit your initial SAL application.
SAL eligibility requires:
Demonstration of financial need on the FAFSA
Completed FAFSA and financial aid file with Augusta Technical College
Two-year proof of Georgia residency
Applicants may or may not be selected, by GSFA, and selection does not guarantee approval.
- Students must meet Georgia residency requirements. Students receiving a military out-of-state tuition waiver may be eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
- Students' grade point average is reviewed at the end of each Spring semester as well as after the 30th, 60th, or 90th attempted semester hour. This includes attempted courses at all prior institutions attended as well as Augusta Technical College.
- If you lose eligibility due to failure to maintain the required GPA, you are eligible to reapply at the 30th, 60th, or 90th attempted semester hour. Students may only regain eligibility one time and will then no longer be able to reapply if they lose eligibility again. Students who lose Zell Miller eligibility may still receive HOPE Scholarship funds provided their GPA is at least 3.0.
- The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships only pay up to 127 attempted semester hours or 127 paid hours, which includes prior institution attempted hours and Augusta Technical College attempted hours. Attempted hours include all courses a student has passed, failed, repeated and/or withdrawn. Additionally there is a hard cap of 127 attempted/paid hours. Therefore students close to the cap will only receive payment for their remaining hours up to 127.
- Students have 7 years from their high school/home school/GED completion date to use HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship funds. A student who received a HOPE Scholarship award prior to Summer term 2011 is not subject to the seven year limit. Students who serve in the military after high school graduation may receive an extension to this limit. More information.
- All grades count in the GPA calculation. This includes the first attempt for any course you repeat. The Augusta Technical College GPA will vary from the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA if courses were repeated.
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by our institutional policy.
The Financial Aid Office assists veterans and eligible dependents in applying for VA educational benefits. Information is also available at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
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 Al Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Accounts Office assists active duty military and eligible dependents with Tuition Assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at (706) 771-4030.
To find our more about how to apply for available scholarships, visit our apply for scholarships page.
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 and complete the application process with the lender. Augusta Technical College works with the following lenders:
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides exceptional career services and resource information to individuals who are in need of career planning, career development, and career placement. Program objectives are designed to meet the needs of employers to acquire well-trained job seekers and to provide assistance to eligible individuals who are underemployed, have barriers to employment, or have been laid off due to situations such as plant closures or downsizing. WIOA provides assistance with tuition and fees, textbooks and required supplies, uniforms and tools to students enrolled in approved programs of study found on the WorkSource Georgia Eligible Training Program List (ETPL). Additional support services are available based on individual eligibility that may include transportation and/or child care.
For more information regarding WIOA for the Augusta Technical College service area (Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond), contact or visit a regional Worksource Georgia Office or One-Stop Career Center.