Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

The 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 family contribution 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 size of federal appropriations. Students must reapply each fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th) by completing the renewal application or the FAFSA for the new year.

Developmental admit status students: Any student enrolled in any 096 developmental level classes will not be eligible for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Federal Work Study, or LEAP).

Apply Online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG program is a federally funded, campus-based grant that is administered through the Financial Aid Office 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.

Federal Work Study

This is a needs based federal grant to help students fund educational expenses by providing work sites on campus. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA) and have a valid EFC (expected family contribution) issued by the Department of Education before being considered for this grant. The Federal Work Study grant is not available to students who are in developmental studies classes and institutional accepted (IA00) or students working toward a certificate.

For more information contact our financial aid professionals.

HOPE Grant

This is a state grant funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Grant covers a portion of tuition (certificate and/or diploma) for students seeking diplomas and certificates. Effective Fall Semester, the HOPE Grant does not cover fees or provide a book allowance. For technical colleges there are high school graduation requirements. Also effective Fall Semester, recipients must be residents of Georgia for at least twenty-four (24) consecutive months and not be in default of a student loan.

Apply Online at www.gacollege411.org

Zell Miller HOPE Grant

An expansion of the HOPE Grant program, this grant pays 100% of tuition for technical college students that are HOPE Grant eligible in a technical certificate or diploma program with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant
UPDATED Fall Semester 2014)

Students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award for the following programs:

Commercial Truck Driving
Commercial Truck Driving Certificate
Early Childhood Care/Education
Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma
Healthcare Technologies
Computed Tomography Specialist Certificate
Health Information Coding Diploma
Medical Language Specialist Certificate
Pharmacy Technology Diploma
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Surgical Technology Diploma
Information Technology
Applied Business Technology Diploma
Computer Programming Diploma
Information Security Specialist Certificate
Information Security Specialist Diploma
Internet Specialist-Web Site Design Diploma
Networking Specialist Diploma
Practical Nursing
Practical Nursing Diploma
Welding
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Certificate
Welding and Joining Technology Diploma

To qualify, a student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the SIWDG Award is a fixed amount* for each term of enrollment:

Enrolled Hours Award Amount per term
9+ hours $500.00
3-8 hours $250.00
1-2 hours $125.00

*Commercial Truck Driving - enrolled 9+ hours; one-time award of $1,000.00.

Please click Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award for more information.

HOPE Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers a portion of tuition 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 for twenty-four (24) consecutive months and not be in default of a student loan. For more information, see Fast Facts about the HOPE Scholarship. Click to see the 2014-15 HOPE Scholarship Regulations or to see specific criteria for the HOPE program.

Apply Online at www.gacollege411.org

Zell Miller Scholarship

A student 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, is eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship. The Valedictorian or Salutatorian from a high school graduating class are considered automatically eligible, regardless of GPA/SAT/ACT. Starting Fall Semester 2011, current students will have to meet the GPA/SAT/ACT requirement from high school and have a least a 3.3 GPA at the 30, 60, or 90 semester hour check point of their college coursework.

HOPE for Students Who Complete a GED

Students who earn a GED on or after July 1, 1993, receive a $500 voucher that can be applied toward the cost of education. Student must be eligible for the HOPE grant to redeem the voucher.

Apply Online at www.gacollege411.org

Veteran Programs

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is approved for veteran’s training under various programs. These programs are briefly described below. Check with the Financial Aid office prior to enrolling in a course to assure that a particular course meets current approval for VA benefits. Please call (229) 259-5537 for information.

  • Chapter 30 Active duty educational assistance
  • Chapter 31 Vocational rehabilitation for veterans with service connected disabilities
  • Chapter 32 Vietnam era veterans educational assistance
  • Chapter 35 War orphans (children/spouse of veteran with service-connected permanent and/or total disability or fatal injury)
  • Chapter 106 Selective reserve educational assistance

For more information contact our financial aid professionals.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

WIA is a federally funded job training program designed to provide assistance to those needing occupational skills in order to obtain employment or advance with their current employer. WIA is a competitive scholarship given to a limited number of qualified applicants each semester, and is designed to help dislocated workers, displaced homemakers, or other individuals who are unable to pay the cost of attending Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Applicants must intend on returning to the work force once they have completed their training program.

  • WIA has funds allocated for students who have been laid off from their jobs or are recently divorced
  • WIA may be used in conjunction with HOPE and Pell Grants.
  • WIA assists with student expenses for tuition, fees, books and any other required school expenses not covered by other types of financial aid
  • WIA offers limited financial assistance to help with the costs of childcare and transportation

Applicants must be attending Wiregrass Georgia Technical college in a degree, diploma, or technical certificate program. Medical students must have completed the required core classes and be accepted into their program. WIA will not pay for Learning Support classes.

WGTC Foundation Scholarships

The Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundations award a number of scholarships annually to qualifying students. To see a complete listing of the scholarships as well the qualifications for each, please click here. Students who need assistance with educational expenses and reside in Atkinson, Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, or Wilcox County should complete the Application for Assistance - North. Students from Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes counties should complete the Application for Assistance - South.

FASTWEB

Fastweb is a free online resource to help students search for scholarships that are offered by various sources around the nation. The scholarship process through Fastweb is not affiliated with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Users of Fastweb should address all questions to the scholarship provider and adhere to the guidelines established by the scholarship provider.