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Grants & Scholarships

State Grant & Scholarship Programs

HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) is a program for Georgia residents that provide financial assistance in degree, diploma, or certificate programs at any eligible Georgia post-secondary college. The Financial Aid Office will administer the HOPE programs in accordance with Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) regulations. For more information about the State of Georgia Grants and Scholarships, please log onto https://secure.gacollege411.org.

If you are enrolled in an Associate Degree program and you are interested in the HOPE Scholarship, please submit a HOPE Scholarship application to the financial aid office at least 4 weeks prior to the date you are scheduled to register for your classes.

HOPE Residency Requirements Students who were legal residents of Georgia at the time of graduation from high school or a home study program must meet the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) residency requirements for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term. Students who were not legal residents of Georgia at the time of graduation from high school or a home study program must meet the TCSG residency requirements for at least 24 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term.

Bachelor’s Degree Recipients Students who have received a Bachelor’s Degree, its equivalent or higher, from any institution are ineligible for the HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and the Zell Miller Scholarship.

HOPE Grant for Diploma and Certificate Programs Beginning Fall 2013, students enrolled in a diploma or certificate program must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the terms in which they have attended 30 and 60 semester credit hours for which they received HOPE Grant funds. Students must submit official transcripts from all institutions at which they received HOPE Grant funds. Failure to provide all official transcripts will result in the loss of eligibility.

HOPE Scholarship Students enrolled in a degree program must have earned a cumulative HOPE GPA of 3.0 at the end of the terms in which they attempt 30, 60, and 90 attempted HOPE hours and at the end of each Spring term. First tier recipients who are enrolled for less than 12 hours for each of their first three terms must have a cumulative HOPE GPA of 3.0 at the end of their third term. Students who lose eligibility at a checkpoint may regain the HOPE Scholarship if their cumulative HOPE GPA is 3.0 at a subsequent checkpoint. Students may only regain eligibility once. No appeals are permitted for the HOPE Scholarship GPA requirements. Students are responsible for requesting a HOPE Scholarship Evaluation to determine eligibility. Students must submit official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Students making changes to their program of study should request a new HOPE Scholarship Evaluation.

Zell Miller Scholarship Georgia’s Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. Initial eligibility is determined by Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). In order to maintain eligibility, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA at all checkpoints to receive 100% of tuition. If the student drops below the 3.3 GPA requirement but maintains at least a 3.0 GPA, they can be awarded the HOPE Scholarship, which pays a portion of the tuition. Student may regain eligibility one time if eligibility is lost. The Zell Miller Scholarship award varies and depends on the type of institution you are attending and your specific hours of enrollment.

Zell Miller Grant Georgia’s residents who are working towards a certificate or diploma at a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Full-time enrollment is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, a minimum 3.5 cumulative postsecondary GPA, at the end of each term, is required in order to maintain eligibility. The first term of enrollment will be paid retroactively if the student has the required 3.5 cumulative postsecondary GPA at the end of the term.

A Zell Miller Grant recipient is ineligible for the grant if the student has:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Received Zell Miller or HOPE Grant payments for 63 semester (95 quarter) hours; or
  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Grant, or Accel Program (through summer 2011) funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit. Dual Credit Enrollment hours are not included in these totals.

Students enrolled in an approved, designated program of study that are eligible for and receiving Zell Miller Grant funding, may also be eligible for funding from the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG).

Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Students enrolled in a Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) approved, designated program of study who are eligible for, and receiving, HOPE Grant funding, may also be eligible for funding from the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG). A student's SIWDG award is a fixed amount per term based upon the student's program of study and number of hours of enrollment. Please review the chart found here for approved programs of study and award amounts.

The HOPE GED Voucher is a one-time $500 award given to Georgia residents who earn a General Education Development (GED) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia. This award can be used toward tuition, books and other educational costs at any eligible Post-secondary college in Georgia. Any funds not used for books or supplies will be refunded to the student during the semester. The HOPE GED Voucher recipient must have a HOPE application or FAFSA on file to be 42 Student Catalog 2014-2015. July 1, 2014 eligible. HOPE GED VOUCHER recipients are eligible for the HOPE Grant during the same term. The voucher must be used within 24 months of its issuance.

The HERO Scholarship (Helping Educate Reservist and their Offspring Scholarship) is a non-need based scholarship that provides educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia national Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves. Students must be HOPE eligible and have served 181 consecutive days in a combat zone after February 1, 2003. Children of USMR or GNG must be under 25 years of age to qualify. The award may be used for any educational expense. An award of $2,000 yearly for a maximum of $8,000 is available to full time students and prorated for school terms for less than 12 hours. A military form DD214 or other documents certifying eligibility along with the HERO Application is to be submitted to the Financial aid Office.

The Public Safety Memorial Grant program provides grant funds to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Funds may be used towards the cost of attendance at eligible colleges, universities, or technical colleges in Georgia. Recipients receive an award that covers their total cost of attendance, minus any other student financial aid, at an eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia, not to exceed $18,000 per award year. Recipients are eligible to receive payment for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study.

Federal Grants & Work Programs

The PELL Grant is a federal need-based grant. PELL is awarded depending on income reported on the various IRS 1040 tax forms, the number of people in the student’s household, number of students in college and the number of classes taken at the college. Eligible applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive any federal grants.

PELL awards are calculated based on the number of credit hours. Students must attend classes for 60 percent of the semester before they are eligible for the full PELL award. Dropping classes before the 60 percent timeframe reduces the award to the percentage that the student attends. Attending 20 percent of the semester will reduce the PELL award to 20 percent of the original award. This reduction may cause students to owe a refund to WGTC should they totally withdraw from WGTC before the end of the semester. PELL refund checks representing any left-over federal funds not needed for college charges are traditionally paid within the first four weeks of the semester.

The Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal grant available to PELL eligible students. Funds are limited and are awarded to students with the greatest financial need (those having a zero EFC number).

The Federal Work Study program (FWS) is a federal work program that allows eligible students with demonstrated financial need to earn money for educational expenses. Funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first-served basis. Students are allowed to work 150 hours per semester. All FWS employment opportunities are listed at the West Georgia Technical College website Job Center. All FWS participants must submit to a criminal background check before employment.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Economically disadvantaged students or dislocated workers may receive financial assistance with occupational skills training. A student who is eligible for WIA funding must also meet WGTC’s admission requirements and must apply for all available financial aid assistance.

Contact the WIA representative or the local Department of Labor Offices for eligibility.

  • Region I—Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, 770.824.5246 — includes the following counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.

  • Region III—Atlanta Regional Council, 404.463.3327 — includes the following counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. Douglas County residents may call for an appointment to meet with someone in Douglasville at 770.806.2020

  • Region IV-West Central Region WIB, 770.830.2202 or 706.756.4653 — includes the following counties: Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson.

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