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Federal Aid Sources

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant is a federal Title IV program that provides funds to students who meet certain need-based eligibility requirements. The amount of Pell a student can receive is based on the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) as determined by Federal Student Aid Programs from the student’s FAFSA application, the cost of attendance, federal appropriations, and the student’s actual class load per semester. Pell Grant is available for degrees, diplomas, and some certificate programs. Students enrolled in 12 or more hours are considered full-time students. Students taking less than 12 hours will have their award prorated as follows: nine to eleven hours – 75% of Pell award; six to eight hours – 50% of Pell award; five or less hours- 25% of Pell award. Students with limited Pell-eligibility may receive no award if enrollment is less than full-time. Eligible students can receive Pell Grant up to the equivalent of six years of full-time attendance at any institution or until they earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Students who complete the awarding/verification process and have financial aid awarded in excess of tuition and fees will have funds made available for use in the Bookstore for book and supply purchases one week prior to the term start date.

Verification Requirement

SRTC verifies all students selected for verification by the US Department of Education, if the student is in a Pell-eligible program and can receive federal funds. Additionally, the Financial Aid Office selects students for verification who appear to have reported potentially incomplete or conflicting FAFSA information. The Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation, as necessary, at any time to determine the validity of reported information. Verification must be completed before Title IV funds are awarded and disbursed to the student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is a federal grant that is designed to assist those students who receive Pell Grant and who demonstrate exceptional financial need, as determined by their FAFSA information. Due to limited funding by the US Department of Education, not all eligible students will receive this award. Funds are awarded throughout the year.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work Study program provides students the opportunity to work part-time to help pay for the costs of their education. Eligible students must have unmet need as determined by student’s FAFSA information and award package and be enrolled in an eligible program. Students must complete all awarding and verification requirements before being determined eligible for FWS. Due to limited funding by the US Department of Education, only a pre-determined number of positions are available each year. Interested students should apply online at the SRTC website, Human Resources.

Loans

Students may qualify for private loans, which could offer less favorable terms and conditions than the Federal Student Aid Loan Program. SRTC does not participate in federal loan programs.

State Aid Programs

HERO (Helping Educate Reservist and their Offspring) Scholarship

Georgia HERO Scholarship provides financial assistance to students seeking a post-secondary education who are a current member of the Georgia National Guard or US Military Reserves who are/were deployed overseas on active service on or after February 1, 2003 to a location designated as a combat zone; the dependent of a guard/reservist who meets the above criteria; or a spouse of a guard/reservist who was deployed to combat zone and who was killed, died of severe injuries received while in a combat zone, or became 100% disabled as a result of injuries. Students can apply for the HERO Scholarship on the Georgia Student Finance Commission website, www.gafutures.org.

HOPE GED Voucher

The HOPE GED Voucher is issued to students who successfully complete their high school equivalency exam in Georgia, typically the GED® exam. Georgia Student Finance Commission provides the voucher directly to the student upon confirmation of successful completion of the high school equivalency exam. The voucher must be redeemed within 24 months of issue date by submitting the voucher to the Financial Aid Office. Students must meet Georgia residency requirements and be enrolled in a credit program to be eligible for a HOPE GED Voucher payment.

HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Grant

The HOPE Grant provides funding to students enrolled in diploma and certificate programs. The HOPE Grant pays a portion of tuition up to a maximum of 63 paid semester hours or a limit of 127 paid hours of HOPE/ Zell Miller Grant and HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship hours combined. The percentage of tuition paid is established by the Georgia Student Finance Commission annually. A student’s eligibility for the HOPE Grant is not based on high school performance or high school GPA. Students must meet all Georgia residency requirements to be eligible.

To retain eligibility for the HOPE Grant, a student must maintain a 2.00 HOPE GPA at the 30 and 60 paid hours checkpoints. Students who lose HOPE Grant at the 30 hour checkpoint can regain it, if they have elevated their HOPE GPA up to a 2.00, at 60 hours. HOPE Grant eligible students who have earned a HOPE GPA of 3.50 or higher will be evaluated for Zell Miller Grant eligibility. The HOPE Grant GPA includes all coursework taken, even at prior institutions, for which the student received a HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant payment, excluding courses taken while attending as a dual enrolled high school student. Additionally, hours taken as a dually enrolled high school student are excluded from the 63 hours HOPE paid hours limit.

HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship provides funding to students enrolled in degree programs. The HOPE Scholarship pays a portion of tuition up to a maximum of 127 attempted hours. Only students who graduated from high school and were identified as a HOPE Scholar by the Georgia Student Finance Commission for meeting minimum GPA and academic rigor requirements in high school are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship as entering freshmen. Other students may qualify if they achieve a 3.00 HOPE Scholar GPA at the end of 30, 60, or 90 attempted degree-level hours. Students must meet all Georgia residency requirements. The percentage of tuition paid is established by the Georgia Student Finance Commission annually.

To retain eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must maintain a 3.00 HOPE Scholar GPA at the 30, 60, and 90 attempted hours checkpoints and at the end of each Spring term, even if not enrolled for Spring term. A HOPE Scholarship recipient who has lost HOPE Scholarship eligibility at two checkpoints cannot regain eligibility. A student must have been receiving the HOPE Scholarship to be considered as having lost the HOPE Scholarship. HOPE Scholarship eligible students enrolled part-time for their first three terms of enrollment will have their HOPE Scholar GPA evaluated after the third term, regardless of the number of attempted hours. All attempted degree-level coursework is included in the HOPE Scholar GPA, even hours from previous institutions. Degree level (ACCEL) courses taken as a high school student after Summer term 2011 are excluded from HOPE Scholar GPA calculations, as well.

In order to receive a HOPE Scholarship payment a student must be determined eligible within seven (7) years of their graduation from high school, the date they would have graduated if the student had not withdrawn, or successful completion of a high school equivalency exam, whichever comes first. Once a student has reached the 127 attempted hours limit, the 127 combined paid hours limit of HOPE/Zell Miller Grant and HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship hours combined, or earned a Bachelor’s degree, the student is no longer eligible for HOPE Scholarship. Students who feel they meet HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements should submit a request for HOPE Scholar evaluation to the Financial Aid Office.

SAL (Student Access Loan)

The SAL program is designed to assist students who need additional funding to cover tuition expenses. This is a loan program and funds must be repaid to Georgia Student Finance Commission upon graduation or ceasing to be enrolled as a half-time student. Interested students can submit an application for the SAL program annually at www.gafutures.org . The application acceptance period typically occurs in the summer prior to the upcoming aid year. The applications submitted by current HOPE and Zell Miller Scholars and Scholarship recipients will be given priority consideration during the first selection process. GSFC will conduct a random selection from all remaining applications for any subsequent selections, pending available funding.

Application does not guarantee selection for the SAL program. Students are required to make monthly payments to GSFC while enrolled. Students who graduate with a 3.50 GPA can have their SAL debt cancelled by submitting a copy of their academic transcript to GSFC. Being a previous SAL recipient does not assure that a student would be selected for the SAL program in subsequent aid years. Students must meet all Georgia residency requirements. If a student has previously defaulted on a student loan (federal, state, or private), the loan must be paid in full to be eligible for the SAL program.

SIWDG (Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant)

The SIWDG program is available to HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant eligible students who are enrolled in designated diploma and certificate programs identified as high-demand fields in Georgia. Georgia Student Finance Commission establishes the list of designated programs annually. SIWDG is awarded to eligible students in designated programs only. A student must receive a HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant payment for the term of enrollment in which SIWDG is awarded. Students who lose HOPE Grant eligibility will also lose SIWDG eligibility and are subject to the 63 paid semester hours limit. Dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for SIWDG.

Zell Miller Grant

The Zell Miller Grant provides funding to students enrolled in diploma and certificate programs who maintain a 3.50 HOPE GPA. The Zell Miller Grant pays a portion of tuition up to a maximum of 63 paid semester hours or a limit of 127 paid hours of HOPE/ Zell Miller Grant and HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship hours combined. The Zell Miller Grant pays a higher portion of tuition than the HOPE Grant. The percentage of tuition paid is established by the Georgia Student Finance Commission annually. A student’s eligibility for the Zell Miller Grant is not based on high school performance or high school GPA. Students must meet all Georgia residency requirements to be eligible.

To retain eligibility for the Zell Miller Grant, a student must maintain a 3.50 HOPE GPA at the end of each term of enrollment. Students who do not earn a 3.50 HOPE GPA will be evaluated for HOPE Grant eligibility. Students are subject to HOPE GPA evaluation at the 30 and 60 paid hour checkpoints. The HOPE GPA includes all coursework taken, even at prior institutions, for which the student received a HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant payment, excluding courses taken while attending as a dual enrolled high school student. Additionally, hours taken as a dually enrolled high school student are excluded from the 63 hours HOPE Grant paid hours limit.

First-time post-secondary students enrolled in a diploma or certificate program, who received a HOPE Grant payment, may be eligible for a retroactive Zell Miller Grant payment following their first term of enrollment, if the student earns a 3.50 HOPE GPA after that one term. Dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for the Zell Miller Grant.

Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship provides funding to students enrolled in degree programs. The Zell Miller Scholarship pays a portion of tuition up to a maximum of 127 attempted hours. The Zell Miller Scholarship pays a higher portion of tuition than the HOPE Scholarship. The percentage of tuition paid is established by the Georgia Student Finance Commission annually. Only students who graduated from high school and were identified as a Zell Miller Scholar by the Georgia Student Finance Commission for meeting GPA requirements, academic rigor requirements, and SAT or ACT test score requirements or being named the valedictorian or salutatorian in high school are eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Students must meet all Georgia residency requirements. To retain eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship, a student must maintain a 3.30 HOPE Scholar GPA at the 30, 60, and 90 attempted hours checkpoints. A Zell Miller Scholarship recipient who has lost Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility at two checkpoints cannot regain eligibility. A student must have been receiving the Zell Miller Scholarship to be considered as having lost the Zell Miller Scholarship. Students are subject to the end of Spring checkpoints, even if not enrolled for Spring term. Students who do not have a 3.30 HOPE Scholar GPA at designated checkpoints will be evaluated for HOPE Scholarship eligibility. Zell Miller Scholarship eligible students enrolled part-time for their first three terms of enrollment will have their HOPE Scholar GPA evaluated after the third term, regardless of the number of attempted hours. All attempted degree-level coursework is included in the HOPE Scholar GPA, even hours from previous institutions. Degree level (ACCEL) courses taken as a high school student after Summer term 2011 are excluded from HOPE Scholar GPA calculations, as well.

In order to receive a Zell Miller Scholarship payment a student must be determined eligible within seven (7) years of their graduation from high school, the date they would have graduated if the student had not withdrawn, or successful completion of a high school equivalency exam, whichever comes first. Once a student has reached the 127 attempted hours limit, the 127 combined paid hours limit of HOPE/Zell Miller Grant and HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship hours combined, or earned a Bachelor’s degree, the student is no longer eligible for Zell Miller Scholarship. Students who feel they meet Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility requirements should submit a request for Zell Miller evaluation to the Financial Aid Office

Other Sources of Aid

Veterans Benefits

Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarship: http://gobuildgeorgia.com/scholarships

SRTC Foundation Scholarships

Southern Regional Technical College Foundation, Inc. awards scholarships based on academic excellence and financial need to eligible students. Information on available Foundation Scholarships can be found on the SRTC website and in the Financial Aid Office. Applications for Foundation Scholarships should be submitted to the SRTC Foundation Office.

External Scholarships

Various civic, social, and professional organizations provide scholarships to deserving students. In most cases, these scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Other selection criteria may be used based on donor preferences. Information on available scholarships can be located on the SRTC website and in the Financial Aid Office.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state funded, federally supplemented program that is designed to provide financial assistance for educational expenses for students with documented disabilities who wish to enter the workforce. The SRTC Special Population Coordinators can assist students in obtaining a referral for services under Vocational Rehabilitation. Students who feel they may meet Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility should contact an SRTC Special

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The purpose of this act is to prepare economically disadvantaged youth, unskilled adults, or people facing serious barriers to employment with the training necessary for entry into the labor force. For those who qualify, WIOA can assist with tuition, fees, books and supplies, and provide additional monies in certain cases. Not all programs are covered by WIOA. Interested students should visit the SRTC website, Financial Aid page to obtain contact information for the WIOA Office.

Student Rights and Responsibility

As a student receiving federal aid funds, you should:

  • Renew your financial aid annually before the beginning of each fall term. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • Supply all required documents to the Financial Aid Office immediately upon request to expedite the financial aid awarding process.
    How to Apply
  • Know the initial eligibility requirements for each financial aid program that you are awarded and understand how to maintain continued eligibility. FA Sources
  • Understand the requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and maintain the minimum qualifications necessary to stay eligible for financial aid. SAP Procedure
  • Know the method and frequency by which financial aid funds are disbursed and understand how funds are made available to you.
    SRTC Refund Procedure
  • Review your student account and award information via the secure login area of BannerWeb and contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns, finaid@southernregional.edu & BannerWeb link
  • Access your SRTC email account regularly to obtain notifications from the College.

Other Resources

2015-2016 Award Year (Fall Semester 2015 through Summer Semester 2016)

Financial Aid Forms

Contact Us:

You may email us at finaid@southernregional.edu.

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