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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Awards

For the 2013-2014 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is increasing to $5,645. This will be divided into 3 semester awards of approximately $1,881. Actual Pell Grant awards will be based on student eligibility and hours of enrollment. Students do NOT have to be full-time to receive Pell Grant. Pell awards are pro-rated based on credit hour enrollment as follows:

          0-5 credit hours = less than ½ time = 25% of eligibility

          6-8 credit hours = ½ time = 50%of eligibility

          9-11 credit hours = ¾ time = 75% of eligibility

          12+ credit hours = full-time = 100% of eligibility

HOPE Grant and Scholarship award amounts are increasing to approximately $62.57 per credit hour of enrollment. 
Students who do not have sufficient financial aid to cover all tuition and fees will be responsible for paying the difference by the payment deadline each term.

Financial Aid awards are subject to change.

Financial Aid Availability

Financial aid is available to eligible students enrolled in Southwest Georgia Technical College. It is recommended that anyone desiring financial aid submit their application online six to eight weeks prior to the time the aid will be needed. Information on how to apply is available in the Financial Aid Office. Call 229-225-5036, email financialaid@southwestgatech.edu, or visit http://www.fafsa.gov/ to apply online.

Apply for Financial Aid Each Year at www.fafsa.gov

Priority Deadline to Submit FAFSA for Fall Semester 2013:   July 1, 2013.

Fall Semester 2013, Spring and Summer Semesters 2014
All students wishing to receive financial aid for Fall Semester 2013, and Spring or Summer Semesters 2014 need to submit a 2013-2014 FAFSA This application will be valid for Fall Semester 2013 through Summer Semester 2014.  This FAFSA will use your 2012 tax and household income information.

We strongly encourage you (and your spouse, if married) and your parents (if you are a dependent student) to use the IRS Data Retrieval Option when submitting your FAFSA. This will reduce the chances of your file being selected for verification. Also, if you are selected for verification and you used the IRS Data Retrieval Option, we will not need your tax return information. If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval and you are selected for verification, you will be required to obtain an official IRS Tax Return Transcript to submit for verification, or you may make a correction to your FAFSA and use the Data Match option at that time.

You have 2 options to submit your FAFSA:

Renew online at the FAFSA website.

Call 1-800-433-3242 to request a paper FAFSA be mailed to you. If you need assistance completing the application, bring it in to our office with your 2012 tax return and we'll be happy to help you

Financial Aid Deadlines

"Priority" Deadlines

Fall Semester 2013

Spring Semester 2014

Summer Semester 2014

Priority Deadline to Submit FAFSA Online

July 1

November 1

March 3 

Deadline to Submit Verification Documents

July 18

November 26

April 24

Deadline to Submit Financial Aid Appeal

August 20

January 7

May 19

Payment Deadline for Tuition and Fees

August 26

January 13

May 27

Classes Begin

August 20

January 7

May 19

Refund Checks Mailed

September 17

February 4

June 16

Note: Financial aid applications and verification documents submitted after Priority Deadlines will be processed, but funds may not be available on the first day of classes to apply towards tuition and fees or to purchase books. Students submitting a financial aid application or verification documentation after Priority Deadlines should be prepared to self-pay all tuition and fees. Once financial aid is awarded, the student may be eligible for reimbursement.

Types of Aid Available
SWGTC offers Federal and State financial aid in the following programs:

Federal Title IV Aid
: Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work Study

State Aid: HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, HOPE GED, ACCEL, Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant

SWGTC does NOT participate in any federal student loan programs. Students wishing to receive loans are solely responsible for securing that funding on their own.

It is the policy of the Financial Aid Office at Southwest Georgia Technical College to verify all Student Aid reports (SAR or ISIR) selected by the Department of Education. This verification procedure will be in compliance with the latest published regulations from the Student Financial Aid Branch of the Department of Education.

If selected, the student must provide documentation that certain elements of the SAR or ISIR are accurate. Documentation may include (but is not limited to):

- Official IRS Tax Return Transcript (Copies of tax returns will NOT be accepted for verification purposes, per federal regulations as of 2012-2013 award year.)
- Verification Worksheet (links to worksheet below)
- W-2’s of student, spouse, and/or parent
- Student’s Social Security Card
- Parent's Social Security Card
- Verification of SNAP (food stamps) benefits
- TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits reports
- Documentation of Child Support Received or paid
- Copy of divorce or separation document
- Documentation of Social Security benefits received
- Other documents that provide proof of income or asset value
- Birth Certificate
- Applicants who do not provide all of the requested documentation will not be considered eligible for Pell Grant or other Title IV Aid Programs.



Financial Aid Forms can be found here. 



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