Grants & Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federally funded grant available to students who meet certain income guidelines. This is the largest of the federal student assistance programs and does not require repayment. It is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree or owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program or is in default on a student loan. Students must be in a Pell eligible program.

The amount of the Pell Grant award will depend on the family contribution amount shown on the Student Aid Report, whether the student is full or part-time, the number of federal credit hours in which the student is enrolled, the cost of attendance and the size of federal appropriations. Students must reapply each fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th) by completing the renewal application or the FAFSA for the new year.

Developmental admit status students: Any student enrolled in any 096 developmental level classes will not be eligible for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Federal Work Study, or LEAP).

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG program is a federally funded, campus-based grant that is administered through the Financial Aid Office to eligible Pell Grant applicants based on exceptional financial need. The award amount is contingent upon the availability of FSEOG funds, and the amount of other aid received by the student. Eligible students are processed first by selection of those with the lowest Pell Expected Family Contribution (EFC), attending at least half-time, and making satisfactory academic progress. The FSEOG Grant is not available to students whose admission status is learning support, students who are enrolled in non-Pell eligible programs of study, or students who are concurrently attending two or more colleges as a regular student.


Federal Work Study

This is a needs based federal grant to help students fund educational expenses by providing work sites on campus. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA) and have a valid EFC (expected family contribution) issued by the Department of Education before being considered for this grant. The Federal Work Study grant is not available to students who are in developmental studies classes and institutional accepted (IA00) or students working toward a certificate.

For more information contact our financial aid professionals.


HOPE Grant

This is a state grant funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Grant covers a portion of tuition (certificate and/or diploma) for students seeking diplomas and certificates. Effective Fall Semester, the HOPE Grant does not cover fees or provide a book allowance. For technical colleges there are high school graduation requirements. Also effective Fall Semester, recipients must be residents of Georgia for at least twenty-four (24) consecutive months and not be in default of a student loan.

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Zell Miller HOPE Grant

An expansion of the HOPE Grant program, this grant pays 100% of tuition for technical college students that are HOPE Grant eligible in a technical certificate or diploma program with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.


Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant

(UPDATED for Summer Semester 2017)

TCSG students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant.  In order to qualify, a TCSG student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the programs below and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term.

Hope Career Grant Eligible Major Codes at West Georgia Technical College:


NS14      CIS-Networking Specialist
DET4      Diesel Equipment Technology
ECC2      Early Childhood Care & Education
EC22      Electrical Control Systems
ET14       Electronics Technology
IMS2      Industrial Mechanical Systems
IST4        Industrial Systems Technology
CT12      Machine Tool Technology – CNC Technology
MTT2     Machine Tool Technology
PN12     Practical Nursing
PMA2    Precision Manufacturing & Maintenance
ST12       Surgical Technology
WAJ2     Welding and Joining Technology


BE41      Basic Electronic Assembler
BMO1   Basic Machine Operator
BM31    Basic Machinist
CD61      Child Development Specialist
CS51      CNC Specialist
CT61      Commercial Truck Driving
CT91      Computed Tomography Specialist
EC31      Early Childhood Care & Educations Basics
EM81      Electrical Maintenance Technician
GDS1     Game Development Specialist
HD31     Heavy Diesel Service Technology
IM61      Industrial Machining Technician
IS61      Industrial Maintenance Fundamentals
IM31      Industrial Maintenance Technician
IE41        Industrial Technician
IC31       Infant & Toddler Care Specialist
LP11       Lathe Operator
MA11    Mammography
MM71   Manufacturing Maintenance Technician
MP31    Manufacturing Production Assistant
MD71    Manufacturing Systems Technician
MT31     Manufacturing Technician
MM51   Mechanical Maintenance Specialist
MC41    Medical Coding
MP11    Mill Operator
CN21     Nurse Aide
PR21      PC Repair and Network Technician
PB 71     Pharmacy Assistant
PT21      Phlebotomy Technician
PC81      Programmable Control Technician I
FS31       Welding: Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder
GM31    Welding: Gas Metal Arc Welder
GTA1     Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welder
OSM1    Welding: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder
PW11    Welding: Pipe Welder

Please click here for a list of these programs by location.

To qualify, a student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant Award is a fixed amount* for each term of enrollment:

Amount of the HOPE Career Grant Award is a fixed amount* for each term of enrollment: Enrolled Hours Award Amount per term
9+ hours $500.00
3-8 hours $250.00
1-2 hours $125.00

*Commercial Truck Driving - enrolled 9+ hours; one-time award of $1,000.00.

**There is a one-time only award for $1,000 for Commercial Truck Driving. 
High school students participating in dual enrollment are NOT eligible for the HOPE Career Grant.



HOPE Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers a portion of tuition for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a 3.0 GPA in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 GPA in a technical curriculum track to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. A nontraditional student may qualify for the HOPE scholarship after completing 30 semester hours in the diploma program and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Grade point averages are recalculated at 30, 60, and 90 semester hours at which time the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. The student must be Georgia resident for twenty-four (24) consecutive months and not be in default of a student loan. Click to see the 2015-16 HOPE Scholarship Regulations for the HOPE program.

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Zell Miller Scholarship

A student who graduated high school with a 3.7 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and with an SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 26, on a single administered test, is eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship. The Valedictorian or Salutatorian from a high school graduating class are considered automatically eligible, regardless of GPA/SAT/ACT. Starting Fall Semester 2011, current students will have to meet the GPA/SAT/ACT requirement from high school and have a least a 3.3 GPA at the 30, 60, or 90 semester hour check point of their college coursework.

Click here for 2015-2016 Zell Mill Scholarship Regulations.


HOPE for Students Who Complete a GED

Students who earn a GED on or after July 1, 1993, receive a $500 voucher that can be applied toward the cost of education. Student must be eligible for the HOPE grant to redeem the voucher.

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Veteran Programs

West Georgia Technical College is approved for veteran’s training under various programs. These programs are briefly described below. Check with the Financial Aid office prior to enrolling in a course to assure that a particular course meets current approval for VA benefits. Please call 678-664-0564 for information.

  • Chapter 30 Active duty educational assistance
  • Chapter 31 Vocational rehabilitation for veterans with service connected disabilities
  • Chapter 32 Vietnam era veterans educational assistance
  • Chapter 35 War orphans (children/spouse of veteran with service-connected permanent and/or total disability or fatal injury)
  • Chapter 106 Selective reserve educational assistance

For more information contact our financial aid professionals.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a federally funded job training program designed to provide assistance to those needing occupational skills in order to obtain employment or advance with their current employer. WIOA is a competitive scholarship given to a limited number of qualified applicants each semester, and is designed to help dislocated workers, displaced homemakers, or other individuals who are unable to pay the cost of attending West Georgia Technical College. Applicants must intend on returning to the work force once they have completed their training program.

  • WIOA has funds allocated for students who have been laid off from their jobs or are recently divorced
  • WIOA may be used in conjunction with HOPE and Pell Grants.
  • WIOA assists with student expenses for tuition, fees, books and any other required school expenses not covered by other types of financial aid
  • WIOA offers limited financial assistance to help with the costs of childcare and transportation

Applicants must be attending West Georgia Technical college in a degree, diploma, or technical certificate program. Medical students must have completed the required core classes and be accepted into their program. WIOA will not pay for Learning Support classes.


WGTC Foundation Scholarships

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awards a number of scholarships annually to qualifying students. To see a complete listing of the scholarships as well the qualifications for each, please click here.



Fastweb is a free online resource to help students search for scholarships that are offered by various sources around the nation. The scholarship process through Fastweb is not affiliated with West Georgia Technical College. Users of Fastweb should address all questions to the scholarship provider and adhere to the guidelines established by the scholarship provider.


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