Scholarships & Grants
The state of Georgia provides state- and lottery-funded grants and scholarships to support educational goals of its residents. To qualify for state financial aid programs, the student must be an U.S. citizen or eligible non- citizen and a legal resident of Georgia. In general, a Georgia resident must have maintained a domicile in the state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term (semester or quarter) for which the student is seeking assistance from one or more state programs and have graduated from a Georgia high school. Other eligibility requirements may apply for each state program.
- HOPE Grant is a state grant funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Grant is available to Georgia resident pursuing a certificate or diploma at an eligible Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia institution. The HOPE Grant covers a portion of assessed tuition on a per credit hour basis, currently $70. It does not cover fees or provide a book allowance. To apply, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or an online application at GAFutures.
- Zell Miller HOPE Grant is a state grant funded by the Georgia lottery. It is available to Georgia residents pursuing a certificate or diploma at a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia institution. An expansion of the HOPE Grant program, recipients of the Zell Miller Grant who maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average will receive a grant for 100 percent of assessed tuition each semester.
- HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED) awarded by a Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993. The grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books or other educational costs at an eligible postsecondary institution. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma.
- Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant eligible students pursuing certificates or diplomas in programs in high demand for qualified workers. In order to qualify, a TCSG student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the programs below and eligible for the HOPE Grant for the same term. The HOPE Career Grant eligible programs at West Georgia Technical College are below.
Commercial Truck Driving
CT 61 Commercial Truck Driving
Computer Information Systems
NS14 CIS – Networking Specialist Diploma
Diesel Equipment Technology
DET4 Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma HD31 Heavy Diesel Service Technician Certificate
Early Childhood Care and Education
CD61 Child Development Specialist Certificate
EC31 Early Childhood Care and Education Basics Certificate
ECC2 Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
IC31 Infant and Toddler Care Specialist Certificate
BE41 Basic Electronic Assembler Certificate
EM81 Electrical Maintenance Technician Certificate ET14 Electronics Technology Diploma
Healthcare and Nursing
CN21 Nurse Aid Certificate
CT91 Computed Tomography Specialist Certificate
MA11 Mammography Certificate
MC41 Medical Coding Certificate
PB71 Pharmacy Assistant Certificate
PN12 Practical Nursing Diploma
PT21 Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
ST12 Surgical Technology Diploma
Industrial Systems Technology
EC22 Electrical Control Systems Diploma
IE41 Industrial Electrician Certificate
IMS2 Industrial Mechanical Systems Diploma
IS61 Industrial Systems Fundamentals Certificate
IST4 Industrial Systems Technology Diploma
PC81 Programmable Control Technician I Certificate
Precision Manufacturing and Maintenance
IM31 Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate
IM61 Industrial Machining Technician Certificate
MD71 Manufacturing Systems Technician Certificate
MM51 Mechanical Maintenance Specialist Certificate
MM71 Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Certificate
MP31 Manufacturing Production Assistant Certificate
PMA2 Precision Manufacturing and Maintenance Diploma
Machine Tool Technology
BMO1 Basic Machine Operator Certificate
BM31 Basic Machinist Certificate
CS51 CNC Specialist Certificate
CT12 Machine Tool CNC Technology Diploma
LP11 Lathe Operator Certificate
MP11 Mill Operator Certificate
MTT2 Machine Tool Technology Diploma
MT31 Manufacturing Technician
FS31 Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate
GM31 Gas Metal Arc Welder Certificate
GTA1 Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Certificate
OSM1 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate
PW11 Pipe Welder Certificate
WAJ2 Welding and Joining Technology Diploma
AA71 Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist Certificate
AE41 Auto Electrical/Electronics Systems Technician Certificate
AE51 Automotive Engine Performance Technician Certificate
AE61 Automotive Engine Repair Technician Certificate
AH21 Automotive Climate Control Technician Certificate
ASG1 Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist Certificate
AT14 Automotive Technology
ACK1 Air Conditioning Electrical Technician
ACT2 Air Conditioning Technology
ACY1 Air Conditioning Repair Specialist
AZ31 Air Conditioning Technician Assistant
HAA1 Heating and Air Conditioning Installation Technician
The amount of the HOPE Career Grant Award is a fixed amount* for each term of enrollment:
|Enrolled Hours||Award Amount Per term|
|*Commercial Truck Driving – enrolled 9+ hours; one-time award of $1,000.00.|
High school students participating in Dual Enrollment are NOT eligible for the HOPE Career Grant Program.
- HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers a portion of assessed tuition on a per credit hour basis, currently $70, for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a 3.0 GPA in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 GPA in a technical curriculum track to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. A nontraditional student may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship after completing 30 semester hours in the diploma program and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Grade point averages are recalculated at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours, at which time the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. The student must be Georgia resident and not be in default of a student loan. Apply online at GAFutures.
- Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who graduated high school with a 3.7 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and with an SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 26, on a single administered test. The valedictorian or salutatorian from a high school graduating class are considered automatically eligible, regardless of GPA/SAT/ACT. Current students also have to meet the GPA/SAT/ACT requirement from high school and maintain at least a 3.3 GPA at the 30, 60 or 90 semester hour and end of spring checkpoint in their college coursework.
- Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship is a scholarship that provides educational grant assistance to Georgia residents who are members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists and served in combat zones or the children or spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves. The award is $2,000 per year for full-time students.
- Public Safety Memorial Grant is a grant awarded 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.
- Dual Enrollment is a grant for students at eligible high schools that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements.
- Student Access Loan is a state-funded loan program administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA) for eligible students attending an eligible University System of Georgia (USG), Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or private postsecondary institution in Georgia. The SAL is a 1 percent fixed rate loan, designed to assist undergraduate and technical college students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. Eligible students attending a TCSG institution may borrow up to $3,000 annually up to a maximum of $12,000 from the Student Access Loan Program. Eligible recipients are required to make Keep in Touch (KIT) payments on the loan while in school.