Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
First Step: Make Sure You Meet These Requirements
- You must be accepted into a program and your admissions file must be complete
- You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- You must be making satisfactory academic progress
- You cannot have a defaulted loan or owe a repayment on any previous financial aid award
- All male students (ages 18-25) must register with the Selective Service
Second Step: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
A student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal and state financial aid, including :
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Federal Work Study Program (FWSP)
- HOPE Grant
- HOPE Scholarship
When completing the FAFSA remember to use Georgia Piedmont Tech’s school code: 016582.
Third Step: Finalize Your Financial Aid
After you apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may be required to submit additional documentation. The Office of Student Financial Services at Georgia Piedmont Tech will notify you by email of the forms or requirements needed to complete your financial aid file. View the table of Financial Aid forms below.
Fourth Step: Receive Your Financial Aid
If you are eligible for the Pell grant, and have a credit balance after all tuition and fees have been deducted, you may use the available credit balance in the bookstore during the first week of classes. Any balances not used in the bookstore after that period of time will be sent to your mailing address on file with the Admission’s Office. Please keep your address updated through the Admission’s Office.
For active and reserve military, guardsmen, military spouses and dependents and veterans, please visit Veterans Services.
Financial Aid Forms You May Need
After you apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you may be required to submit additional documentation to the Office of Student Financial Services at Georgia Piedmont Tech. You will be notified by email which forms are needed.
|Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Form to appeal the loss of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the purposes of receiving financial aid
|Bachelor’s Degree Verification Form||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of receipt of Bachelor’s Degree for financial aid purposes
|Borrower Acknowledgement||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Acknowledgement of physical ability to engage in gainful activity for those with previous discharge of federal loans
|Dependent/Independent Household Members & Number in College||Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of dependent/independent status for financial aid purposes
|Drug Conviction Form||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of federal financial aid eligibility with drug conviction or a blank response to Question 23 on FAFSA form
|Eligible Non-Citizen Documentation||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Confirmation of status as an eligible non-citizen (supporting documentation required)
|Financial Aid Steps||High School Students||Dual Enrollment Forms, Financial Aid|| |
This link provides important information for students seeking financial aid assistance for the high school Dual Enrollment program.
|Identity & Statement of Educational Purpose Form||Current Students||Financial Aid|| |
Notarized verification of identity for financial aid purposes
|Independency Appeal Form||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of independent status for financial aid purposes
|Parent Projected Year Income||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of expected income for financial aid purposes
|Physician’s Certification||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Certification for 2017-18 School Year
|Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the purposes of receiving financial aid
|Selective Service Appeal||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Appeal for those not required to register for selective service
|Student Projected Year Income||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
Documentation of expected income for financial aid purposes
|Unusual Enrollment Form||Current Students, Future Students||Financial Aid|| |
More detailed info required for those whose FAFSA application was flagged as “unusual”
How to Maintain Your Financial Aid
Keeping Your Financial Aid
Keeping your financial aid is an important part of completing your program of study. Below are some helpful tips that will help keep you on the right track.
- Complete the FAFSA each year. The FAFSA uses income information from two prior years. Students are able to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1st of each year. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to reduce errors and verification selection. The FAFSA covers the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- Notify the Registrar’s Office of any changes in your address, phone, and email address.
- Make sure you check your Georgia Piedmont Student Email account regularly.
- Make sure you log in and check your financial aid status on your Banner Web Self-Service account.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Federal and state regulations require students meet minimum academic requirements to remain eligible for financial aid each semester. In order to maintain financial aid eligibility at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, students must meet minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and completion rate requirements as well as successfully complete, within a maximum timeframe, all coursework required for completion of the chosen program of study.
Course Withdrawals and Failing Grades
Students who withdraw from one or more courses, and those who receive all ‘F” grades for the term, may be required to repay some portion of the student aid funds they received during the term. It is important for students to be aware of their financial responsibilities when withdrawing from and/or failing classes. The links below will help guide you in your decision-making.