Grants and Scholarships

GRANTS

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. Pell is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree; owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program; is in default on a student loan; or students who are concurrently attending two or more colleges as a regular student. Students must be in a Pell eligible program of study.

The amount of the Pell Grant disbursed each semester is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) code amount shown on the Student Aid Report and the number of federal credit hours in which the student is enrolled. Students must reapply each aid year (July 1st - June 30th) by completing the renewal application or the FAFSA for the new year. FAFSA applications can be completed on or after October 1 of each year.

Apply Online at https://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. FSEOG is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree; owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program; is in default on a student loan; or students who are concurrently attending two or more colleges as a regular student. Students must be in a Pell eligible program of study.

Federal Work Study

This is a need 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), have an official EFC as shown on the Student Aid Report, and demonstrate unmet financial need based on the college's Cost of Attendance budget.

For more information contact our financial aid professionals.

HOPE Grant

Georgia's HOPE Grant (a separate program from the HOPE Scholarship) is available to Georgia residents who are working towards a certificate or diploma (continuing education programs are not eligible) at an eligible college or university in Georgia.

The HOPE Grant award amount will cover a portion of a student's tuition.

Award Limits

A HOPE Grant recipient is ineligible for the grant if the student has:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree; or
  • Received HOPE Grant payment for more than 63 semester or 95 quarter hours; or
  • Received payment from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and, through Summer term 2011, Accel Program funds totaling 127 semester (190 quarter) hours of credit,
  • Dual credit enrollment hours for which a high school student received HOPE Grant payment are not included in these totals.

Must complete a current year FAFSA or if unable to complete the FAFSA complete the GSFAPP application online at https://www.gafutures.org.

Zell Miller HOPE Grant

Georgia's Zell Miller Grant is available to Georgia residents who are working towards a certificate or diploma at a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia (USG) institution. The Zell Miller Grant award amount is the standard undergraduate tuition rate based on the school the student attends and the number of hours enrolled.

Must complete a current year FAFSA or if unable to complete the FAFSA complete the GSFAPP application online at https://www.gafutures.org.

HOPE Career Grant

(Formerly called the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant)

The HOPE Career Grant is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. (Click to see eligible programs.) These industries have been identified as strategically important to the state’s economic growth. The student must demonstrate unmet financial need based on the College's cost of attendance.

A student's HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount per term based upon the student's program of study and number of hours of enrollment.

Enrolled Semester Hours Award Amount
1-2 hours $125
3-8 hours $250
9+ hours $500
9+ hours $1,000 (One-time award for Commercial Truck Driving only)

SCHOLARSHIPS

HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is a merit based scholarship that provides assistance towards the cost of tuition at eligible public and private Georgia postsecondary institutions. A student must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.0 HOPE GPA (as calculated by Georgia Student Finance Commission) and meet specific high school rigor course requirements.

Must complete a current year FAFSA or if unable to complete the FAFSA complete the GSFAPP application online at https://www.gafutures.org.

Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with the educational costs of attending a Zell Miller Scholarship eligible college located in Georgia. Eligibility information located on line at https://www.gafutures.org.

HOPE for Students Who Complete a GED

Georgia's HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) after June 30, 1993.

The grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books or other educational costs at an eligible postsecondary institution. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma

Must complete a current year FAFSA or if unable to complete the FAFSA complete the GSFAPP application online at https://www.gafutures.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 Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA 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. WIOA 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.
WIOA has funds allocated for students who have been laid off from their jobs or are recently divorced
  • WIOA may be used in conjunction with HOPE and Pell Grants.
  • WIOA assists with student expenses for tuition, fees, books and any other required school expenses not covered by other types of financial aid
  • WIOA 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. WIOA will not pay for Learning Support classes. Click to submit an Online Application.

WGTC Foundation Scholarships

The Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundations award a number of scholarships annually to qualifying students. Click to see a complete listing of scholarships as well the qualifications for each. 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. Click to begin your scholarship search.


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