Admission FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions

What do I need to do to apply for school?

  1. Submit an Application for Admission/Readmission.
  2. Pay a one-time $25 application fee.
  3. Fully and accurately answer all of the residency questions on the application and provide a copy of Georgia driver's license (or other information) to prove Georgia residency and/or lawful presence in the United States.
  4. Submit official, sealed high school/high school equivalency transcripts. Opened transcripts are not official and therefore, invalid.
  5. Submit official, sealed transcript from all previously attended colleges. Opened transcripts are not official and therefore, invalid.
  6. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test or submit other acceptable, valid scores. Applicants must have a valid picture ID to test. Transfer students with appropriate English and/or math courses may not be required to test.
  7. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application for both the Federal Pell Grant AND the HOPE Scholarship/Grant. The application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. THE SCHOOL CODE FOR WIREGRASS GEORGIA TECH IS 005256.

Do I request my transcripts be sent to your school, or will you do that for me?
You are responsible for requesting transcripts from your former school. Transcript request forms are available in the Office of Admissions; however, most schools now allow online requests. See your previous school’s website for more information.

Can you tell me, before I apply and request transcripts, if my courses from my former college will transfer to your school?
Typically, courses taken at colleges accredited by an agency TCSG recognizes will transfer. There is no time limit on general education courses. Occupational courses taken within the last 120 months (10 years) will also, more than likely, transfer. Students must have received a grade of “C” or better before the courses can be considered for transfer credit. Definitive answers cannot be given until WGTC has received the official transcript.

Do I have to get my high school transcript since I went to another college?
Yes. Students must provide official high school transcripts unless they have successfully completed (with a C or better) more than 30 semester hours at the degree level or 45 quarter hours at the degree level (diploma or certificate level hours will not count in high school transcript exemption).

Do I have to get a transcript from my other college(s) when I know nothing from there will transfer to my program at Wiregrass?
Yes. Wiregrass requires an official, sealed transcript from all previously attended colleges for admission to our college.

Do I have to get an official transcript from my first college if the credits are listed on the transcript from the last college I attended?
Yes. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges are required for admission.

Can I start taking classes while I work on earning my GED?
Yes. Students may apply for the GED Step Up program upon completion of two parts of the GED test and obtaining regular admission scores on the ACCUPLACER entrance exam. Students must see the Adult Education Transition Specialist before applying.

Do I have to pay for an official GED transcript from the TCSG office in Atlanta even though I earned my GED at your school?
Yes. You must request an official GED transcript be sent to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. The GED exam is offered at WGTC, but the scores are property of the Technical College System of Georgia. Transcripts may be requested online. Forms are also available in the Office of Admissions. Please keep your email receipt or money order stub as proof of your request in case there is a delay in processing.

I attended an online high school. Will you take my diploma or credits?**
It depends. WGTC is allowed to accept high school diplomas and high school equivalencies awarded through schools who are accredited by one of the following agencies:

  • Regional accrediting agencies which include:
    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
    • Northwest Accreditation Commission
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study (note: ACIS merged with the Georgia Accrediting Commission in 2005)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • South Carolina Independent School Association
  • Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
  • Distance Education Training Council
  • Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Florida Council of Private Schools
  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation
  • North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  • Tennessee Association of Christian Schools

TCSG will accept a high school diploma from a public school that is not accredited by one of the above agencies, but is regulated by a school system and state department of education.

**The name of the accrediting agency must match exactly one of the agencies above. Many accrediting agencies have similar names, but we are only allowed to accept the ones listed above.

What happens if I do not pass the ACCUPLACER exam? Does that mean I cannot come to school next semester?
ACCUPLACER is a placement exam used to determine your strengths in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills (English), Arithmetic (Math), and Elementary Algebra. If you do not make the required ACCUPLACER scores to enter your program, you may be required to perform Short Term Remediation, take a Learning Support class, or do some refresher work in our Adult Education Department. Rarely does the ACCUPLACER exam completely exclude a student from enrolling in classes at WGTC. We encourage every student to seek pre-test assistance prior to taking the ACCUPLACER exam through the WGTC Testing web page.

Someone told me that I am coded “out of state,” but I have lived here my whole life. What can I do to be coded “in-state?”
Georgia residency documentation may be required in addition to Lawful presence in order for you to receive in-state tuition. Documentation must prove the student and/or parent lived in Georgia for the past 12 consecutive months. Proving residency may require more than one of the items listed below.

Independent Students
Students age 24 and older OR under 24 and not claimed on parent/legal guardian’s most recent tax return. Please provide one of the following items:

  • A valid Georgia Driver’s License or ID issued a year or more prior to the 1st day of class
  • Most recent Georgia tax return (GA Tax Form 500)
  • Georgia voter registration card showing registration 12 months or more prior to term’s starting date. Visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/
  • Driver history from the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles showing more than one year of recent activity. Visit: https://dds.georgia.gov/driving-history-report-mvr
  • Location of employment (12 consecutive months of pay stubs with employee address)
  • Current business, professional, or other licenses issued in Georgia (12-month requirement)
  • Georgia automobile registration (current and previous year)
  • Proof of purchase/rental of primary residence in Georgia (property tax paid or lease)
  • Utility bills in student’s name showing 12 consecutive months of charges (No cell phone bills)
  • Location of checking, savings, or other bank accounts (12 consecutive months of bank statements with student address).

Dependent Students
Students age 23 or under and claimed on a parent/legal guardian’s most recent tax return. Parent(s)/Legal Guardian must have established and maintained residence (domicile) in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months before the start of the term.

Please provide both of the following items:

  1. A copy of the student’s current driver’s license or state ID card;
  2. A copy of the parent/legal guardian’s most recent State of Georgia tax return (GA Tax Form 500) showing the student was claimed on their taxes.

*If the parent/guardian did not file a Georgia income tax return for the most recent year, we require the parent/guardian’s Georgia driver’s license and one of the following items to prove they have maintained a permanent residence in Georgia for the past 12 consecutive months:

  • Georgia voter registration card showing registration 12 months or more prior to term’s starting date. Visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/
  • Driver history from the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles showing more than one year of recent activity. Visit: https://dds.georgia.gov/driving-history-report-mvr
  • Location of employment (12 consecutive months of pay stubs with employee address)
  • Current business, professional, or other licenses issued in Georgia (12-month requirement)
  • Georgia automobile registration (current and previous year)
  • Proof of purchase/rental of primary residence in Georgia (property tax paid or lease)
  • Utility bills in parent/guardian name (12 consecutive months of charges – No cell phone bills)
  • Location of checking, savings, or other bank accounts (12 consecutive months of bank statements with parent/legal guardian’s address)

I was a student at WGTC before, so do I still need to prove my lawful presence in the US?

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is responsible for the verification of the lawful presence in the United States of all applicants for admission or re-admission, who are seeking in-state or out-of-state resident tuition status, as required by state and federal immigration laws [O.C.G.A. §50-36-2]. Please provide one of the following items:

  • A valid GA Driver’s License or ID with an issue date on or after January 1, 2008
  • A valid Driver’s License or ID issued by one of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the United States Virgin Island, American Somoa, or the Swain Islands. Must contain a photograph of the bearer. The license or ID card must be from a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States.
    See list of compliant states here: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id
  • A valid United States passport or passport card
  • A valid military ID card for active duty soldiers or veterans
  • A certified United States Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory; a photocopy is not acceptable. Visit http://www.vitalchek.com/ to receive instructions for ordering a Certified U.S. Birth Certificate
  • A valid Permanent Resident Card (I-151 or I-551) - front and back
  • U. S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (FS-545) or Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • A Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561) with individual’s signature
  • A Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570) with individual’s signature

Does classification as a Georgia resident for 12 months also qualify me to receive the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship/Grant?
No. Students may have to be a resident of Georgia for 24 months if they were not a Georgia resident at the time of their high school graduation. The Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility.

What do I need to submit for residency if I am active duty, or a dependent of an active duty member, or have separated from the military within the last three years?
Submit a government issued ID or driver’s license for proof of lawful presence. Active duty members and/or their dependents need to provide military orders showing where they are stationed. This is required for both residency/tuition rates and financial aid. Separated active duty military members need to provide Form DD214; they will have three years to establish residency from the date of separation listed on that form.

How much does it cost to attend WGTC?
Instate students are charged tuition at $89 per credit hour. Fees for most students are $329 per semester. Out-of-state students pay double tuition, and international students pay four times tuition.

Students enrolled in the Commercial Truck Driving program follow a different tuition and fee schedule. Information about the cost of that program can be obtained through the Office of Admissions.

What kind of Financial Aid programs are offered at your college?
WGTC offers the following forms of Financial Aid: HOPE Grant and Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant and Scholarship, PELL Grant, HOPE Career Grant, Nelnet Payment Plan, Private Student Loans, and various scholarships located on the Grants and Scholarships page of the WGTC website. To find out more information about these programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 229-333-2107, or go to https://www.wiregrass.edu/finaid.

How much financial aid will I get? How soon after I start do I get a check?
These questions will need to be addressed to the Financial Aid Office since this differs for every student.

I have heard books are really expensive. How much will they cost, and do I have to pay for them?
The campus bookstore can give you information on the cost of the textbooks needed for your classes. We encourage you to research and find the best price on the books that you need. If you purchase your textbooks from sources other than the college bookstore, please make certain that you get the book with the correct ISBN number as textbook editions are typically very different.

Students who receive financial aid usually use a part of their award to pay for their textbooks. There are cases, however, where students have to pay out-of-pocket for necessary books and supplies.

Do I have to have a computer to do my school work?
Having access to a computer is required in most programs. Each WGTC campus has computer labs and libraries with computers that students can use to complete their course assignments if they do not have their own computers.