Grants & Scholarships
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 loan programs; however, we do participate in the state loan program.
- Federal PELL Grant
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Federal College Work Study (FWSP)
- HOPE Grant / Scholarship
- Student Access Loan (SAL)
- Foundation Scholarships
- Outside Scholarships
Federal PELL Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to eligible students that have been determined to be eligible as a result of completing the FAFSA. The current maximum Pell Grant award is $5,550 and is awarded to eligible students in diploma and degree programs of study. Students who have earned their Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or any other country are not eligible for the Pell grant. Federal regulations prohibit the payment of Pell Grant funds to students who have attempted more than 30 semester hours of learning support courses.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The FSEOG is awarded to Pell Grant recipients with the greatest financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA.
Federal College Work Study (FWSP)
This is a need based federal work program to help students fund educational expenses by providing employment opportunities. Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study Program.
To determine your eligibility for the FWSP for diploma or degree programs you must complete the FAFSA application at Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate Georgia Piedmont Tech’s School Code on your application and also complete a work-study application. This application is available online at http://dekalbtech.experience.com/. Eligibility will be determined by the results of the FAFSA. Eligible students will work in various offices and departments of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and other off campus positions available through the Office of Career and Assessment Services. Please note that approved eligibility does not guarantee a position.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must not be in default on a federal loan
- Must not owe a repayment of a grant
- All Males must be registered with the selective service
- Must be enrolled in a Diploma or Degree Program of Study
- Cannot have a Bachelor's degree
Work hours are generally flexible around your academic schedule. A student’s work schedule normally cannot exceed 20 hours per week. Wages for positions may vary.
State Grant and Scholarship Programs
The HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Grant is available to Georgia residents who are U.S. citizens enrolled in certificate and diploma programs of study. Starting Fall semester 2011, the HOPE Grant will not provide a book allowance nor pay for fees. In addition, students with a Baccalaureate Degree will not be eligible for a HOPE Grant award. The HOPE Grant will pay $60.75 per credit hour up to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of Fall semester 2011, students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 if they have attempted 30 or 60 semester hours to remain eligible. If a student loses eligibility at the 30 semester hour checkpoint, they are not eligible to regain the Grant until the 60 hour checkpoint. Eligible students may receive the Grant for a maximum of 63 semester hours ONLY. Students will be responsible for all tuition payments for hours attempted beyond this limit. Learning support hours do count toward the HOPE Grant hours cap; dual enrollment hours do not. HOPE Grant paid hours for learning support and dual enrollment coursework do not count in the HOPE Grant GPA and checkpoint calculations.
The HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who graduate from high school as a designated HOPE Scholar with a 3.0 GPA. Learning Support classes are not eligible for a HOPE Scholarship award. Students become ineligible for the HOPE Scholarship seven years after the date they graduated high school or equivalent. Students who received a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer Quarter 2011 will remain eligible through June 30, 2015, regardless of graduation date. Active duty military service time does not count against the seven-year period.
The new Zell Miller Scholarship is for Georgia residents who graduate from an eligible high school with a GPA of 3.7, and received prior to graduation (excluding 2011 graduation) a score of at least 1200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT composite scale score of at least 26; or completed a home study program and earning a 3.3 GPA at the 30 semester hour checkpoint and satisfying the SAT or ACT requirement; or graduated as valedictorian or salutatorian from an eligible high school.
A $500 HOPE GED Voucher will be issued to a student upon completion of the GED program and upon enrollment at any eligible postsecondary institution. The GED voucher is valid for 24 months from date of issuance.
Students who were not Georgia residents upon graduation from high school, completion of a home study program or GED test date must meet Georgia residency requirements for 24 months prior to the term HOPE Grant is sought. Dual enrolled or joint enrolled students must meet the Georgia residency requirement for 12 months. Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE Program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record.
For complete details on HOPE program changes please visit the GSFC website at www.gsfc.org.
Student Access Loan
The Student Access Loan (SAL) is a low cost state-funded loan with an interest rate of 1% and a repayment period of 10 years after graduation. The SAL is used as a last resort for college students who have a gap in their college financing. Interest payments are required while in school. Students may borrow up to $10,000 per year to a maximum of $40,000 over their college lifetime. Students are randomly selected from the pool of all applicants. Please visit www.gacollege411.org for student eligibility requirements and application dates.
A few scholarships are offered through GPTC’s Foundation. A list of these scholarships and Georgia Piedmont Technical College's General Scholarship Application can be found here.
Students are encouraged to search for and apply to as many scholarships as possible. There are a variety of internet sites available to assist students in the scholarship search process. The Student Financial Services Office does not recommend you to use any Scholarship Search that requires a fee. A popular free search is FASTWEB.
For more information on additional outside scholarships, please visit the Scholarships page.