Pell Grant Experiments

The United States Department of Education has selected Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to participate in two very exciting and beneficial Pell Grant Experiments.

The purpose of the experiments is to determine the impact of two different proposed expansions to the Pell Grant eligibility criteria for income-eligible students enrolling in occupational training and to help inform policy officials on the effects of expanding Pell Grant access on educational attainment, student debt, employment, and earnings.

Experiment 1Business Administrative Technology (Diploma), Health Care Assistant (TCC), EMS Professions (Diploma), Telecommunications and Security (Diploma), Health Care Science (TCC)

  • Temporarily extends eligibility for Pell Grants to students with a Bachelor’s Degree who enroll in certain vocational or career training programs.

Experiment 2Commercial Truck Driving, Patient Care Assisting, General Construction Assistant

  • Temporarily extends eligibility for Pell Grants to students who enroll in certain short-term vocational or career training programs (that are otherwise not Title IV Pell eligible programs).

To be considered, you must:

  1. Complete a Wiregrass Georgia Tech application for admission and be accepted into one of the above programs.
  2. Complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and meet all federal eligibility requirements. Verification MUST be complete to be considered, if selected.
  3. Download the Wiregrass Georgia Tech Pell Grant Experiment Consent Form. Review, sign and submit to financial aid by August 13, 2013. You may scan/email the completed form to

Selection Process

Eligible newly admitted students in the applicable program who complete the 13-14 FAFSA form (with verification when required) and submit the Pell Grant Experiment Consent Form by August 13, 2013 will be forwarded to the Department of Education contractor for selection. In both experiments, the selection for participating will be done by the U.S. Department of Education in a lottery method. While not every applicant will be chosen, the experiment creates an opportunity for students who do not normally qualify to receive the Pell Grant.

To learn more about the experiments, download the Frequently Asked Questions.