Federal CARES, other resources to provide gap funding for qualified students

With the economy starting to rebound and a sense of normalcy slowly returning after the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is doing its part to get students back on track. Thanks to multiple state and federal financial aid options, including flexibilities surrounding CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) funds, many students will be able to attend GPTC at little or no cost this fall. GPTC president Dr. Tavarez Holston refers to the CARES monies as the perfect gap funding scenario.

“CARES pushes us over the edge for funding,” Dr. Holston explained. “This is the ideal opportunity for anyone to start or re-start college so they can gain the experience and knowledge needed for the workforce.”

Like most financial aid options, *CARES awarding is based on a student’s financial need. In order for the money to be applied to a student’s account, s/he has the option to authorize the use of funds. Georgia Piedmont and its sister technical colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have always been an affordable route to quality, accredited public education. Tuition at TCSG is only $100 per credit hour plus there are several long-standing financial aid options to include the federal Pell grant, Georgia’s HOPE funding, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and much more.

“Our community and industry partners count on us to provide them with qualified workers,” Dr. Holston said. “Being able to earn a certificate or even a diploma in a matter of months – at no or little cost – is a way for companies to hire top-notch employees while our citizenry can better provide for their family. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is currently enrolling for fall semester. Classes will be held in person and GPTC will continue to adhere to all CDC and social distancing guidelines in regards to COVID-19. Classes start August 16 with part-of-term classes starting on October 11. The college will even be hosting a special open house on July 31 at its DeKalb campus in Clarkston. For questions or clarification on CARES or enrolling for classes, visit this link: No Cost Fall 2021 – Georgia Piedmont Technical College (gptc.edu).

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For more information, contact:

Cheryl Myers, Executive Director
Marketing & Communications
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
404.297.9522, ext. 1231
myersc@gptc.edu

Felicia Ailster, Director
Financial Aid
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
404.297.9522, ext. 1110
ailsterf@gptc.edu