Grants, Scholarships & Work Study

Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant

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, Diesel Mechanic, Early Childhood Care/Education, Healthcare Technologies, Information Technology, Practical Nursing, and Welding.
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Fall 2014 changes to HOPE

Here's what's been added:

100% tuition with the Zell Miller Grant: New this year is the Zell Miller Grant, which will pay 100 percent of tuition for high-performing TCSG students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher in certificate and diploma programs.

Additional assistance for students in SIWDG programs: Also new is the expansion of Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant to include four new program areas. Students can take advantage of the SIWDG to supplement their HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant and, in almost all cases, use those resources to pay for all of their tuition as well as their books and fees. Starting in fall 2014, Welding, Healthcare Technologies, Diesel Mechanic and Information Technology were added to the list that already included Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Practical Nursing.

Low-interest SALT loans for TCSG students: Georgia has funded a new, need-based, low interest Student Access Loan - Technical (SALT) for technical college students. SALT, which is administered through the Georgia Student Finance Authority, will be awarded in amounts between $300 and $3,000, depending on need.

And the HOPE Grant GPA was returned to 2.0 in 2013: Finally, it's important to note that the grade point requirement needed to keep for the HOPE Grant (not the Zell Miller Grant) was returned to a minimum of 2.0 in 2013. Some students may have lost the HOPE Grant between 2011 and 2013 when the GPA requirement was raised to 3.0. If you lost your HOPE Grant eligibility between 2011 and 2013, then you may once again qualify as long as your GPA remained at or above 2.0. Contact the Financial Aid Office to learn more.

What TCSG Students Need to Know About the New Additions:

  • Starting in Fall Semester 2014, the Zell Miller Grant will pay 100% of tuition for high-achieving students who enroll in certificate or diploma programs at a TCSG college or in a technical division program at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia.

  • To obtain the Zell Miller Grant, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better after the completion of a college semester, then maintain the minimum GPA at the end of each subsequent semester (the Zell Miller Grant GPA requirement is different for the standard HOPE grant, which requires a GPA checkpoint at 30 and 60 semester hours). For more about the Zell Miller Grant, click here.

  • TCSG students who are receiving the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller 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, Practical Nursing, Welding, Healthcare Technologies, Diesel Mechanic and Information Technology. To qualify, a TCSG student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant for the same term. Click here to learn more about the Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award.

  • Books and mandatory fees are not covered by the HOPE grants or scholarships, though, for specific programs, the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant can be obtained and used for those expenses. For more about the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, click here.

  • Georgia's SALT loan for technical college students carries one percent interest and can be used for college-related expenses, including tuition, books and fees.  Best of all, the loan will be completely forgiven if the student graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The financial aid office at your local TCSG college can provide more details and help you with your application.

  • Because of changes to the law, if you lost the HOPE Grant between 2011 and 2013 because of the past requirement to maintain a 3.0 GPA, you may be eligible to regain the Grant immediately, as long as your HOPE Grant GPA was 2.0 or higher at the end of your last term of attendance. It is important that you contact your TCSG college for more information.

  • The Georgia Student Finance Commission website also provides more information on the HOPE program and other financial assistance at



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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

Certified Warehousing and Distribution Specialist

Commercial Truck Driving

Early Childhood Program Administration

Firefighter 1

Firefighter 2

Infant/Toddler Care

Small Business Marketing Manager

Students may apply online at  Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS or Student 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  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  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  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.

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