Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

1. EDUCATION: A high school diploma from an approved agency, a GED, or a passing score on the HISET exam is required for entrance to most programs. Home school students requesting admission must submit a letter of intent to home school with verified attendance reports. This student must also submit annual progress reports or final transcript from junior and senior years including the graduation date.

2. AGE: Eligible Applicants: Individuals 16 years of age or older or dually/jointly enrolled high school students in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades who seek access to quality instruction at the postsecondary level.


The Technical College System of Georgia and its constituent Technical Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, spouse of military member or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all technical college-administered programs, programs financed by the federal government including any Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I financed programs, educational programs and activities, including admissions, scholarships and loans, student life, and athletics. It also encompasses the recruitment and employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services. The Technical College System of Georgia and Technical Colleges shall promote the realization of equal opportunity through a positive continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal opportunity.

Admission Requirements

3. Complete the college placement test offered by SCTC or submit satisfactory SAT or ACT if taken within the past five years. Those scores are listed on your high school transcript or you can request from or Official transcripts from regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution’s documenting equivalent program-level English and Math course work may be used in lieu of completing the assessment. Some programs have additional requirements. See Testing handout for more details. COVID-19 Admissions Accommodations: If an applicant’s overall high school grade point average is 2.0 or higher they may exempt remedial course requirements for certificate, diploma, and degree programs through the 2022 Summer Semester.

4. Financial assistance is available to qualified students from a variety of federal and state sources. Students at Southern Crescent Technical College can look to several areas for financial aid: Pell Grant, HOPE Grant, and HOPE Scholarship. To be eligible for financial aid, a student must apply for admission, be accepted into an approved program of study, and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Students should apply for financial aid at least two to three weeks before registering for classe All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at You can apply for financial aid BEFORE being accepted into the college.

5. Provide Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States (See below for more details).

TCSG Procedure 6.2.2p: “Each college shall be responsible for the verification of the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted student applying for Georgia resident tuition status as required by state and federal immigration laws.”

How can a student verify lawful presence?

  • Students who file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for federal student aid will have their lawful presence verified as part of the FAFSA process.
  • A clear copy of an original or certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • Unexpired Georgia and select out of state Drivers licenses and state ID cards can be accepted under certain conditions. It must be a Real ID and not contain any of the verbiage listed in the table below. If the copy received has the top portion of the card cut off the document will not satisfy lawful presence.
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent). Documented using the Confirmation of Review of Military ID Worksheet - A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). We require both the front & back sides of your Permanent Resident Card to be submitted. It must not expire before the first day of class of the term the student will start classes.
  • Students admitted on an F, J or M Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Students admitted on any other Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
State DL/ID Requirements for Acceptance
Alabama Must NOT be marked “FN”
Alaska Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
California Must NOT be marked “Limited Term.” Instruction Permits, Commercial Learner’s Permits, and temporary licenses cannot be accepted.
Delaware Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
Florida Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
Georgia Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Idaho Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Iowa Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Kentucky Must NOT be marked “Not for REAL ID purposes”
Louisiana Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Maryland Must NOT indicate “T” restriction
Missouri Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Montana Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
Nevada Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
North Carolina Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Ohio Must NOT indicate that it is “nonrenewable and nontransferable”
Oklahoma Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
South Carolina Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Tennessee Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
Texas Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
Vermont Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
Wisconsin Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”