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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Awards

For the 2014-2015 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is increasing to $5,730. This will be divided into 3 semester awards of approximately $1,910. 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 $65.00 per credit hour of enrollment and will continue to cover 73% of tuition charges.
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 Availabilty

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 2014:   June 1, 2014.


Fall Semester 2014, Spring and Summer Semesters 2015
All students wishing to receive financial aid for Fall Semester 2014, and Spring or Summer Semesters 2015 need to submit a 2014-2015 FAFSA This application will be valid for Fall Semester 2014 through Summer Semester 2015.  This FAFSA will use your 2013 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 paper application, bring it in to our office with your 2013 tax return and we'll be happy to help you

 

Financial Aid Deadlines


"Priority" Deadlines

Fall Semester 2014

Spring Semester 2015

Summer Semester 2015

Priority Deadline to Submit FAFSA Online

June 1

October 30

March 2

Deadline to Submit Verification Documents

July 1

December 1

April 16

Deadline to Submit Financial Aid Appeal

August 19

January 6

May 18

Payment Deadline for Tuition and Fees

August 25

January 12

May 26

Classes Begin

August 19

January 6

May 18

Refund Checks Mailed

September 16

February 3

June 15

 

 

 

 

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, Zell Miller Grant, HOPE GED Grant, ACCEL, Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, Student Access Loan-Technical.

SWGTC does NOT participate in any federal student loan programs.

Verification
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.)
- 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

- Educational Purpose Statement

- Documentation of high school completion
- Applicants who do not provide all of the requested documentation will not be considered eligible for Pell Grant or other Title IV Aid Programs.

 

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