How to Apply

Grants and Scholarship Types

Priority Dates for Completing Financial Aid Applications

  • Summer Semester 2014: April 11, 2014

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 School Code is 005256).

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 tuition, mandatory fees, and up to $100 for books (certificate and/or diploma) for students seeking diplomas and certificates. For technical colleges there are high school graduation requirements. Recipients must be residents of Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months and not be in default of a student loan.

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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. Effective Fall Semester 2011, the HOPE Scholarship does not cover fees or provide a book allowance. 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 a Georgia resident and not be in default of a student loan. Also, effective Fall Semester 2011, students who graduated from high school over seven years ago will not be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship unless they were previously awarded as of June 30, 2011.

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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.

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Veteran Programs

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is approved for veteran’s training under various programs. These programs are briefly described in the following paragraph. Check with the Financial Aid office prior to enrolling in a course to assure that a particular course meets current approval for VA benefits.

  • 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.

Email:  financialaid@wiregrass.edu

Valdosta Campus
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA  31602
Phone (229) 333-2107 or 2109
Fax (229) 333-2153

Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA  31750
Phone (229) 468-2024 or 2046
Fax (229) 468-2110

Coffee County Campus
706 West Baker Highway
Douglas, GA  31533
Phone (229) 468-2087 or 2208
Fax (912) 389-4308

Cook County Workforce Development Center
1676 North Elm Street
Sparks, GA  31647
Phone (229) 549-7368
Fax (229) 549-6286

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