Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students on the basis of financial need and do not have to be repaid. These grants are considered the foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added. The amount a student receives is determined by the federal processors.
Generally, Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who do not have a four-year degree and are enrolled in a diploma or degree program of study. Health Care Assistant and Health Care Science are the only two (2) certificate programs eligible for Federal Pell Grant funding. Full-time enrollment for purposes of Pell is based on 12 semester hours for a degree or diploma program.
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. It takes approximately six to eight weeks to receive the results of this application. Students should be prepared to pay their first semester fees if sufficient time is not allowed for the necessary processing.
All Pell awards will expire during each summer semester. Students must reapply for Pell prior to end of summer semester for uninterrupted Pell aid for the following award year.
Learning Support and Special Admit students are not eligible for federal financial aid
Students who withdraw from the college prior to completing 60% of the semester will have their Pell award reduced.
The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the financial information you provide when you apply through fafsa.ed.gov. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number that is based on your family’s financial situation — your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains this number. This number will determine if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant and how much you can receive.
Beginning with the 2011-12 award year, you may receive only one Pell Grant award during a single award year. You must be enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible program that leads to an associate or bachelor’s degree or certificate. A student may recieve funds for less than half time enrollment, but they will recieve less funds.
Pell Grant amounts depend on program funding and can change every year. The amount of other student aid you might qualify for does not affect your Pell Grant amount, and you may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one college at a time.
Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,195 for the 2019–20 award year (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020).
Factors that will determine the amount rewarded are as follows:
See the tables for 2019-20 award year used to determine Pell Grant award amounts.
In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150 percent of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. See the Federal Pell Grants and Scholarships page for more information.
Students with a parent or guardian who died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 will receive the full Pell Grant amount. These students must be under 24 years old and at least part-time students at the time of the death.
The application makes special allowance for students (or parents) who have recently lost their jobs. If they indicate this on the form, an award may be given to them even if they would not have qualified based on their 2018 financial information.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the amount of a scheduled Pell Grant award you can receive each award year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
The maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funding you can receive is calculated for an award year. An award year is a period from July 1 of one calendar year to June 30 of the next calendar year.Schedule awards are determined using the folling criteria:
For more information on how the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit is calculated, see the Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Limit page.
It depends on what type of aid you’ll be receiving: grants, student loans, work-study, or parent loans.
For more information on how you will recieve your Federal Pell funds and other financial aid, visit studentaid.ed.gov.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Students apply for FSEOG through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid. Not all students will be awarded this fund as FSEOG funds are limited.
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
Other features available through Federal Work-Study:
The U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program is the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. There are four types of Direct Loans available:
For more information, visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans.
Veteran Education Benefits are provided through the Montgomery GI Bill®, Survivors and Dependents Benefits and Veterans’ Rehabilitation Benefits. Most of Southern Crescent Technical College’s programs are approved for Veteran Educational Benefits with the certifying official available in the Student Affairs Department for veterans’ needs.
Veterans and other eligible students receiving Veterans Administrative (VA) educational entitlements are required to comply with the admissions, academic, and attendance regulations that have been established for all students at SCTC. In addition, those receiving VA benefits must:
Applications and Forms are readily available in the Student Affairs Office. The Certifying Official in Student Affairs will provide counseling and help filling out any VA forms. Students receiving VA benefits must adhere strictly to their program of study. Program change forms 22-1995 or 22-5495 and enrollment change of status forms 22-1999b must be filed promptly to avoid personal liability resulting from over-payment of VA benefits.
VA benefits are based on the number of credit hours taken per semester, 12 hours is full time:
Apply online using VONAPP (Veterans ON-line Application Website)
Have a question? We can help. Contact Gail Daniel at 770-229-3095 (Griffin Campus) or Joanna Gibson at 706-646-6381 (Flint River Campus). You can also send an email to the VA Reporting Officials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HOPE Grant is Georgia state tuition assistance program funded by the Lottery for Education to assist eligible students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. Applicants for HOPE Grants for Diploma and Certificate programs and Associates Degree HOPE Scholarships must meet Georgia's HOPE Program requirements. Students must apply HOPE funds online at fafsa.ed.gov. Students with a baccalaureate degree or higher are not eligible for HOPE funding, nor are book and allowance fees awarded from HOPE funding.
To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the end of each spring semester and at the term check points he/she attempts 30, 60 or 90 semester hours. Once your eligibility is evaluated, you will be notified by mail of the results.
For more information, visit HOPE and Zell Miller Grants and Scholarships.
All college credit hours attempted and their corresponding grades will be included in the calculation of the HOPE cumulative grade point average, even if those hours are not accepted as transfer credit by Southern Crescent Technical College.
For more information, visit HOPE and Zell Miller Grants and Scholarships.
The Zell Miller Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The purpose of the Zell Miller Scholarship Program is to encourage the academic
achievement of Georgia's high school students and Georgians seeking Degrees from postsecondary institutions located in Georgia.
The Zell Miller Grant Program provides grant assistance to residents of Georgia pursuing Certificates or Diplomas at Georgia’s public eligible post-secondary institutions.
Georgia's HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
The grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books or other educational costs at an eligible postsecondary institution. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant
award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma.
The Dual Enrollment Program provides for participation in Dual Credit Enrollment for Eligible High School and Home Study students.
REACH Georgia is the State of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program, launched by Governor Nathan Deal as a key component of the state’s Complete College Georgia Initiative.
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc. offers scholarship opportunities to students. Scholarship funds are NOT paid directly to the student. Please read all application materials carefully - some restrictions apply. Foundation scholarships are reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff and awarded to a currently enrolled part-time or full-time SCTC student.
Note: Applications for Foundation Scholarships for Spring Semester 2021 will be accepted online from September 1 -30, 2020. Results will be announced in a personal email to applicant by October 30, 2020.
WIOA assists unemployed or underemployed individuals with re-entry into the workforce. WIOA funding is available for eligible students to assist with the costs of:
To be considered for eligibility, students must:
Special Populations Services are available to support and serve students who are from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children, preparing for non-traditional fields, limited English proficient, single parents, including single pregnant women, displaced homemakers, or disabled individual. For more information, contact us:
SCTC has partnered with Nelnet, a leading educational planning and financing company that provides billing and customer services for students.
The Nelnet Automatic Payment Plan is not a loan program. There are no interest or finance charges, and there is no credit check. For a non-refundable enrollment fee (per semester), Nelnet will pay your tuition and fees and provide you with a monthly payment plan divided into several payments.
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NOTE: All down payments are processed immediately!
Your payments to Nelnet may be made by a direct transfer from your bank account or by credit/debit card. Your down payment and enrollment fee are processed immediately upon signing up, and your monthly payments are processed automatically by Nelnet on the 20th of each month.
Enrollment in the Nelnet Automatic Payment Plan will be available once registration for the next semester begins.