Grants, Scholarships & Work Study
Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant
Beginning with the Fall Semester 2013, TCSG 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 TCSG programs: Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care/Education and Practical Nursing.
Fall 2013 changes to HOPE
Beginning with the fall semester 2013, the G.P.A. requirement for HOPE Grant recipients at the college grade point checkpoints will decrease. TCSG students using the HOPE Grant had been required to maintain a 3.0 GPA at those checkpoints. Starting with fall semester 2013, the checkpoint GPA will be reinstated to 2.0.
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For an overview of financial aid, view this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJ55UWMEFE&feature=share&list=PL948CEA4FBAD3AE4D
Atlanta Technical College Foundation Assistance
Information on the changes to the HOPE program
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Federal PELL Grant Program (PELL)
The PELL Grant Program provides federal assistance to students who demonstrate financial need as defined by the U. S. Department of Education. PELL recipients must be enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program of study and must not have attained a baccalaureate degree or a first professional degree. Normally, all associate degree and diploma programs are Pell eligible. However, many of the technical certificates of credit (TCCs) programs do not meet the qualifications for Pell. To view a current list of Pell eligible TCCs click here.
The following programs are
approved for the USDOE Pell Experiment Only
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Students may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS or Stude Early Childhood Program Administration nt Loans).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This federal program is designed to ‘supplement’ the grant assistance awarded to the neediest PELL Grant recipients. Funding for FSEOG is limited and based on the amount of funds allocated to the College each year. Thus funds are not available for all students who meet the eligibility criteria for this award. Since funds at Atlanta Tech are limited, students who meet the priority deadline date for applying for federal aid have the greatest chance of receiving FSEOG assistance.
Students may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS or student loans).
Federal Work Study (FWS) Program
Federally funded, this program encourages part-time employment and participation in community service activities such as the America Reads initiative. Normally employed in departments on campus, FWS students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater. FWS offers student employees an opportunity for financial assistance, exposure to real work experiences, development of positive work ethics and time management skills.
Students may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS, or student loans).
Direct Student Loan Program
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Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans are low-interest loans designed to help students pay for their educational costs. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education (the Department), though the entity the student deals with, a loan servicer, can be a private business. The subsidized student loan is based on financial need and the interest is paid by the government while the student is in school at least half-time. The unsubsidized loan is available to students even if they do not have financial need. However, the student is responsible for the interest that accrues while (s)he is enrolled in school.
Upon completing the FAFSA, students who qualify are automatically offered student loans. Students must accept their loans on Banner Web, complete Entrance Counseling, and complete the Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov. The annual loan limits are:
Dependent Students Sub Sub &Unsub
1st Year 3500 5500
2nd Year 4500 6500
3rd Year+ 5500 7500
Independent Students Sub Sub & Unsub
1st Year 3500 9500
2nd Year 4500 10500
3rd Year+ 5500 12500
Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship Program
There are currently two components of the HOPE Scholarship Program available to Atlanta Tech students. The HOPE Grant component is available to students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program of study. Beginning with the fall term of 2004, all hours for which a student received HOPE Grant payment, retroactive to summer semester 2003, are counted as Paid-Hours. Recipients are eligible for a maximum of 63 semester hours of HOPE Grant payment.
The HOPE Scholarship component is awarded to HOPE Scholars enrolled in an associate degree (AAT or AAS) program of study. HOPE Scholars are students who graduate from a Georgia high school with this distinguished honor or students who are ‘grandfathered’ into the program after attempting a minimum of 30 associate or baccalaureate degree credit hours with a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA at the required checkpoints. HOPE Scholarship applicants must complete an ATC HOPE Scholarship Application. The attempted hours limit is 127 semester hours. Students who graduate from high school as HOPE Scholars have a maximum of seven years to utilize their HOPE Scholarship benefits. After seven years from the high school graduation date, the student ceases to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship.
Combined HOPE Grant and Scholarship Limit: In addition to the HOPE Grant paid hours limit and the attempted HOPE Scholarship paid hours limit, there is a combined limit of 127 semester hours. If the student reaches the combined limit prior to reaching the Grant or Scholarship paid hours limit, said student will no longer qualify for Grant or Scholarship assistance.
The HOPE award amount is equivalent to 71.47059% of the cost of tuition. This percentage is subject to change based on regulatory updates received from the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).
Georgia HERO Scholarship
The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program was created to provide financial aid to students seeking a postsecondary education, who are current members of the Georgia National Guard and United States Military Reserves (or their children) who were deployed overseas on active service, on or after February 1, 2003, to a location designated as a combat zone; It is also available for spouses if the guard or reservist was killed in the combat zone, or died as a result of injuries received in the combat zone, or sustained 100 percent disability in the combat zone, or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in the combat zone. The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is $2,000 per award year, for no more than four award years.
Public Safety Grant
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM) Grant provides educational assistance for the cost of attending public Eligible Postsecondary Institutions in Georgia to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. The grant covers a student’s total Cost of Attendance that is not covered by other student financial aid.