How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students interested in applying for financial aid may do so by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Georgia Scholarship and Grant Application.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


The FAFSA is used to apply for both federal and state financial aid programs and is the most common method by which WGTC students apply for aid. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year to be considered for financial aid.
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Create a Federal Student Aid ID to electronically sign your application. If a dependent student, a parent will need an FSA ID as well.
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Complete the FAFSA and include WGTC’s school code, 010487 on the application. Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if eligible, to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA. Otherwise, use information from your IRS 1040 tax return.
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Review your Student Aid Report, usually processed in 2-3 business days.
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Respond to any communications from WGTC regarding additional information needed, and be mindful of WGTC’s admission and financial aid priority deadlines.

Let’s Get Started with Financial Aid at West Georgia Tech!, above the “Create a Federal Student Aid ID”

1. Create a Federal Student Aid ID to electronically sign your application.  If a dependent student, a parent will need an FSA ID as well.

2. Complete the FAFSA and include WGTC’s school code, 010487 on the application.  Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if eligible, to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA.  Otherwise, use information from your IRS 1040 tax return.

3. Review your Student Aid Report, usually processed in 2-3 business days.

4. Respond to any communications from WGTC regarding additional information needed, and be mindful of WGTC’s admission and financial aid priority deadlines.

 

Georgia Scholarship and Grant Application (GSFAPPS)

 1. May be completed if you are a Georgia resident and only want to apply for state financial aid programs such as HOPE Scholarship/Grant and Zell Miller Scholarship/Grant.  This application remains valid for 84-months so it is not necessary to complete it annually.

2. Be mindful of WGTC’s admission and financial aid priority deadlines.

 

VERIFICATION

West Georgia Technical College is required by the U.S. Department of Education to confirm the accuracy of the information reported on the FAFSA.  Students selected for verification are required to provide certain documents to the Financial Aid Office to establish eligibility for financial aid. The most common documents requested are IRS tax transcripts, verification worksheet, and W-2s, etc. A financial aid offer cannot be made until verification is completed.

Students selected for verification will receive an email notification instructing them to create an account in VerifyMyFAFSA.  Upon accessing the system, documents needed to complete verification or confirm your eligibility for financial aid are provided.  Other documents may be requested, as needed.

You can obtain an IRS tax transcript by one of the methods indicated below.

• Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information directly into your FAFSA.

• Ordering Income Tax Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service

• Automated Phone Transcript Service 1-800-908-9946