The federal government is the largest contributor to financial aid programs. Students enrolled at West Georgia Technical College receive more than $16 million in federal grants, loans and work study annually.
These need-based programs offer access to advanced education to eligible students based on demonstrated financial need and program of study. Grants are free forms of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Loans are the only form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Federal Work Study allows students to earn money to defray the cost of attending school. Students interested in these programs must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.
The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant available to students who meet certain income guidelines. This is the largest of the federal student assistance programs and does not require repayment. It is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree or owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program or is in default on a student loan. Students must be in a Pell-eligible program.
The amount of the Pell Grant award will depend on the expected family contribution (EFC) amount shown on the Student Aid Report, whether the student is full- or part-time, the number of federal credit hours in which the student is enrolled, the cost of attendance and the federal appropriations. Students must reapply each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) by completing the renewal application or the FAFSA for the new year. For more information on the Federal Pell Grant Program, view this Federal Pell Grant video.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally funded, campus-based grant that is administered through the Office of Financial Aid to eligible Pell Grant applicants based on exceptional financial need. The award amount is contingent upon the availability of FSEOG funds and the amount of other aid received by the student. Eligible students are processed first by selection of those with the lowest Pell Expected Family Contribution (EFC), attending at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress. The FSEOG Grant is not available to students whose admission status is learning support, students who are enrolled in non-Pell-eligible programs of study or students who are concurrently attending two or more colleges as a regular student. For more information on the FSEOG Grant, view this informational FSEOG video.