Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer ESL classes?
Yes, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does offer courses for those interested in studying English as a Second Language. For more information, contact the English Literacy Office at 404-297-9522, Ext. 4005.

What are the requirements for Admission?
The requirements for admission vary by the type of admission being sought. For more information, visit the main Admission page and click on your admission type.

What type of scholarship or financial aid is available?
Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers a variety of financial aid programs that include grants and scholarships that are non-repayable. We do not participate in any federal or state loan programs. For more information, click on the Financial Aid link.

Who will be my academic advisor?
New students seeking academic advisement are assigned to Mr. Corey Parker, whose duty is to assist all first-semester students with academic advising and guidance in their educational and career objectives.

How can I get a copy of my transcript?
An official copy of your Georgia Piedmont Technical College transcript may be obtained from the Registrar's Office for a fee of $5.00 each. A written request is necessary to obtain an official transcript. Students requiring an unofficial transcript may obtain one by accessing BannerWeb.

How can I get my new student ID?
Student ID pictures are made on New Student Registration day(s), Drop-Add day(s), and other scheduled dates. Refer to The Right Start for registration and drop-add dates.

What is the COMPASS placement test?
The COMPASS test is a computerized, adaptive test that measures skill and comprehension levels in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics to determine readiness for college-level courses in these areas. By obtaining the required COMPASS program score, students move immediately into program ready status in the core curriculum. Scoring less than the required program score on the placement test indicates that the student may lack the prerequisite knowledge or skill, and needs remediation in that area.

How can I prepare for the COMPASS placement test?
There are a variety of ways to prepare for the COMPASS test.  Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers onsite COMPASS Prep sessions in the areas of reading, writing, and math. These sessions are free of charge. In addition, there are printable sample test questions that will help in preparation for the test.

How do I schedule to take the COMPASS Placement Test?
To make an appointment to take the COMPASS test, students must register online. Go to www.gptc.edu, click on Admissions, click COMPASS Scheduling Request and then follow the instructions.

What happens if I fail the COMPASS Test?
Because the COMPASS Test is a measurement of skill and comprehension, it is impossible to fail. If a student does not obtain the required program score, students will be offered courses designed to develop their abilities.

I have changed my mind about the program I initially selected. How do I change it?
Program change forms are located online. There is a $10 fee for Current Students and the fee is waived for Applicants who have not started classes. Students should be aware that some program changes will affect their Financial Aid eligibility and/or may involve additional requirements.

I had a name change, what should I do?
The form to complete a Name Change Request is located online in the Admissions Forms section of the website. Students requesting name changes are required to supply an original copy of a social security card displaying the new name as well as a court order or marriage certificate.

I was accepted for last semester, but I could not start then. What do I have to do to come this semester?
Students desiring to update their admission for another semester will need to complete a Student Information Change Request form and indicate Term Update at the top of the form. Students, whose initial admission was scheduled three or more semesters from the semester they wish to enroll, must complete a new application. A new application fee is not required.

How much does a program cost?
The cost of a program varies as the number or credit hours required to complete the course and specialized requirements vary. For more specific information, read the information provided for your specific Program of Study.

Where is the schedule of classes on your website?
To access the schedule of classes, students may access BannerWeb from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College homepage and click on Class Schedule.

How do I get started?
There are seven main steps to a stress free start at  Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The first step is to submit an application for admission, including all transcripts; receive a student ID#; and schedule a COMPASS test appointment, if necessary. After this, new applicants will pay a $25 application fee at the Business Office and receive proof of payment. Step three is to apply for financial aid, if necessary. Next, review COMPASS study guide and take the scheduled COMPASS test. Then, advising and registration take place. New Student Orientation is the next step, where students learn about  Georgia Piedmont Technical College and have an additional opportunity to register for classes. Finally, classes begin.

How can I check the status of my application?
To check the status of your application, you may visit our website at www.gptc.edu. Click on the Admissions tab, click Check Admission Status and then follow the instructions.

When is the application deadline for the next semester?
Application deadlines are typically 25 days before the first day of class. Please refer to the Student Calendar for the current application deadlines for each semester.

Do you have to have your high school diploma/GED to attend Georgia Piedmont Technical College?
In order to be successful in any program, students must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Students who are still in high school or are finalizing their GED testing may attend classes under certain circumstances. For more information, please contact the Office of Admission.

Is your school affiliated with Georgia Perimeter?
Georgia Piedmont Technical College operated as a division and campus of Georgia Perimeter College from 1972 to 1986. They currently exist as two independent institutions.

What are the Admissions Office's hours?
While classes are in session, the Clarkston Office of Admissions is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM to 7:00PM. The Covington Office of Admissions is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.