Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for most types of financial aid, the student must:

  • Have completed or left high school
  • Be at least sixteen (16) years of age
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pursue a diploma in an eligible course of study
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Register with Selective Service if required (REGISTER ONLINE NOW)
  • Not be in default of a student loan or owe a refund on previously received grant
  • Agree to use any funds received for educationally related purposes only

Certify that they will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal and state regulations require that students make “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) in order to continue to receive aid. SAP measures whether students applying for financial aid are in good academic standing and making SAP toward completion of their programs. Satisfactory progress is evaluated at the end of each Fall and Spring Semester for all students and at the end of each semester for students on financial aid warning or suspension. (A student is not required to be meeting the Eligible Post Secondary Institution’s SAP policy to receive payment from the HOPE GED Grant Program; however, all other requirements (except Georgia residency) must be met.)

  1. Qualitative Standard: GPA Requirement

    Financial aid recipients must maintain the same minimum GPA as any other student enrolled at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Please refer to the Academic Regulations section of the Student Handbook for the method of determining GPA. The minimum graduation GPA allowed is 2.0. Students falling below those minimums at the time of review will be placed on financial aid warning and will have one semester to remove themselves from that status by completing 12 semester hours of work with a 2.0 or higher GPA. Financial aid is extended for the warning period for classes not previously taken. Students who do not attain the 2.0 GPA at the end of the warning period are on financial aid suspension and their financial aid award is terminated. Effective Fall Semester 2011, students receiving the HOPE Grant must have achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all HOPE-paid hours attempted when they have completed 30 or 60 semester hours. HOPE Scholarship/Degree students must maintain a lifetime/cumulative GPA of 3.0 to retain eligibility for the scholarship.

  2. Quantitative Standard: Completion Rate

    Financial aid recipients must successfully complete at least 67 percent of the credit hours attempted to remain eligible for financial aid. Students falling below the 67 percent successful completion rate at the time of review are placed on financial aid warning. Students placed on financial aid warning must complete the term with at least 12 semester hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Failure to do so will result in financial aid suspension. Students returning from academic suspension must pay for and successfully complete 12 hours of course work to have aid reinstated.

  3. Maximum Time Frame

    Students must complete their educational objective within a maximum time frame of one and a half (150 percent) times the length of the program in which they are enrolled. This means that students will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid once they have attempted one and one-half times the number of credit hours required for graduation in the program in which enrolled.

  4. Grades

    Grades of I, IP, and W are not included in calculating a student’s GPA, but with the exception of IP grades are counted as coursework attempted. Grades received for learning support do not affect the GPA, but the hours are calculated in the formula to determine the 67 percent completion rate.

  5. Termination of Financial Aid

    Financial aid will be terminated when a student is determined by the Financial Aid Office to be ineligible, if the office has evidence that the student has falsified information on the application materials, or if federal or state funds are not provided to meet the award.

  6. Appeal Process/Reinstatement of Aid

    Students have the right to appeal the denial of financial aid if they have extenuating circumstances which prevented them from making satisfactory progress. The appeal must be made in writing by contacting the Financial Aid Office or the Admissions Office. The student must complete the form and attach documentation to support the appeal. The HOPE GPA cannot be appealed. Students may regain HOPE eligibility one time at the next checkpoint.