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Gwinnett Tech students may be eligible for state aid from the Georgia Student Finance Commission. You must have an In-State residency status to be considered for this funding. The HOPE Program pays a significant portion of your tuition and does not need to be repaid. This program is not based on financial need. For more information, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission’s website here.

The Financial Aid Office requires the submission of the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the first step in applying federal or state funds. Visit www.FAFSA.gov  and use our school code (016139) to apply.

The HOPE Scholarship is a merit based award for Georgia residents who have been accepted into an Associate’s degree program. The scholarship provides tuition assistance and does not have to be repaid. HOPE Scholarships are calculated based on your enrollment status; you will be awarded $67 per credit hour, but it does not cover books or fees. HOPE Scholarship requirements include:

  • You must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) upon graduation from an eligible Georgia high school.
  • Receive a high school diploma through petition of the local school board, in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281.1, from a HOPE eligible high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school, complete a home study program in Georgia, or earn a GED and score in the national composite 75th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT prior to completing 30 credit hours.
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete a home study program in Georgia and then earn a minimum 3.0 GPA after attempting 30 credit hours to receive a retroactive HOPE Scholarship payment.
  • Earn a 3.0 GPA after attempting 30, 60, or 90 credit hours regardless of high school graduation status.
  • You must maintain a 3.0 GPA and submit the HOPE Scholarship survey on www.GTC-Web.org.
  • GPAs will be checked at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours and at the end of each Spring semester.
  • If the scholarship is lost, it can be regained one time at a subsequent GPA checkpoint. Any previous gains or losses prior to Fall Term 2011 will not apply.
  • HOPE Scholarship benefits are capped at 127 credit hours.
  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree are not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.
  • You must use the HOPE scholarship within seven years of your high school graduation. First time HOPE Scholarship recipients in Summer 2011 or later are also bound by this seven-year rule.
  • A student that serves on active duty in the military during the seven-year period after graduation, home school completion, or passing of the GED test will have that active duty period added to the seven-year limit.
  • Students who received the Scholarship prior to Summer 2011 will remain eligible regardless of graduation date, if they are meeting eligibility requirements.
  • Home schooled students may be eligible to receive a retroactive HOPE Scholarship disbursement, if they earned a 3.0 GPA at the end of the semester in which they attempted 30 semester hours.

Visit www.GAFutures.org for more information on the HOPE Scholarship.

The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit based award for Georgia residents who have been accepted into an Associate’s degree program. It is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement. The Zell Miller Scholarship provides tuition coverage and does not have to be repaid. Zell Miller Scholarships are awarded based on your enrollment status; you will receive $89 per credit hour (100% of the tuition), but it does not cover books or fees. Zell Miller Scholarship requirements include:

  • You must have a 3.7 GPA upon graduation from an eligible high school.
  • You must, in addition to the 3.7 GPA, have a combined 1200 (from a single test) on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or at least a 26 Composite ACT score.
  • You must maintain a 3.3 GPA to keep the Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Students who drop below a 3.3 GPA can earn the HOPE Scholarship, if their GPA remains at 3.0 or above.
  • One valedictorian and salutatorian from each high school will be eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or ACT/SAT requirements.
  • Combined Zell Miller Scholarship and HOPE Scholarship benefits are capped at 127 semester hours.
  • Students who have Bachelor's degree are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must meet all of the HOPE Scholarship requirements to continue eligibility.
  • Students who entered an eligible post-secondary institution prior to 2007, will not be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Home schooled students may be eligible to receive a retroactive Zell Miller Scholarship if they earned a 3.3 GPA at the end of the semester in which they attempted 30 credit hours.
Visit www.GAFutures.org for more information on the Zell Miller Scholarship.

The HOPE Grant is a merit-based award for Georgia residents who have been accepted into a Financial Aid eligible certificate or diploma program. The HOPE grant is not subject to the seven-year graduation requirement and it does not have to be repaid. HOPE Grants are awarded based on your enrollment status; you will receive $67 per credit hour, but it does not cover books or fees. HOPE Grant requirements include:

  • You must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • GPAs will be checked at 30 and 60 semester hours. If lost, the HOPE Grant can be regained one time at a GPA checkpoint. However, if you lost the HOPE Grant between 2011 and 2013 because your GPA fell below 3.0, you may be able to regain the grant as long as your GPA remained 2.0 or above. 
  •  HOPE Grant benefits are capped at 63 credit hours.
  • The HOPE Grant can be used for developmental and learning support classes, if you are accepted into a Financial Aid eligible program of study. Learning support hours do count towards 63 credit hours cap.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the grant.
  • You must meet the Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months before the first day of the semester for which the HOPE Grant is sought.
  • Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school, must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before receiving the HOPE Grant. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).
Visit www.GAFutures.org for more information on the HOPE Grant.
 

The Zell Miller Grant is a merit-based award for Georgia residents who have been accepted into a Financial Aid eligible certificate or diploma program. It is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement. The grant is not subject to the seven-year graduation requirement and it does not have to be repaid. Zell Miller Grants are awarded based on your enrollment status; you will receive $89 per credit hour (100% of tuition), but it does not cover books or fees. The Zell Miller Grant requirements include:

  • You must have a GPA of 3.5 or better after the completion of one semester; you must maintain the GPA at the end of each subsequent semester.
  • You can be retroactively awarded the balance of the Zell Miller Grant for the previous semester after verification that you have achieved the minimum 3.5 GPA. The payment can be awarded retroactively only one time.
  • Students who lose the Zell Miller Grant will still qualify for the HOPE Grant, as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA at the required checkpoints.
  • Dual and joint enrollment students are not eligible for the Zell Miller Grant until after they graduate from high school and complete their first full qualifying college semester.
  • Students who have earned a Bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the Zell Miller Grant.
  • Zell Miller Grant benefits are capped at 63 semester hours.
  • You must meet the Georgia residency requirements for 12 consecutive months before the first day of the semester for which the Zell Miller Grant is sought. Students who were not Georgia residents when they graduated from high school must meet state residency requirements for 24 months before receiving the HOPE Grant. (Active military, their spouses and their dependents are Georgia residents for HOPE program purposes if stationed in Georgia or list Georgia as their residence of record).

Visit www.GAFutures.org for more information on the Zell Miller Grant.

The Student Access Loan-Technical (SALT) is a low interest loan that is administered through the Georgia Student Finance Commission. It is available to Georgia residents; the SALT has to be repaid with interest. The Student Access Loan-Technical is designed to assist students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. You must have a half time enrollment status (6 credit hours or more). SALT requirements include:

  • You must have first applied for, and exhausted all other financial aid options. This includes federal and state loans, scholarships, grants, and Veteran’s Educational benefits.
  • The minimum loan amount is $300 per year
  • The maximum loan amount is $3000 per year and up to a maximum of $12,000 over your collegiate career.
  • Loans must be repaid with a 1% fixed interest rate. The interest rate accrues, or is added, whether you are in or out of school, or if you have graduated from your program of study.
  • A monthly Keep in Touch (KIT) payment of $10 is required approximately 60 days after the first disbursement is posted to your Student Banner Account.
  • Students can have their loans discharged if they graduate with a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the program of study for which the loan was received. 

Visit www.GAFutures.org for more information on the Student Access Loan-Technical.

The Public Safety Memorial Grant provides aid to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. Funds may be used towards the cost of attendance. This grant does not need to be repaid. Requirements include:

  • You must be a legal resident of Georgia for 12 months prior to receiving the grant.
  • You must be enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible program of study
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • You also must have a full time enrollment status (12 credit hours or more) each semester

Additional information can be found on the Georgia Futures website; click here.  

Georgia has partnered with state agencies, private organizations, and businesses to find solutions that ensure a workforce pipeline for companies. 
The HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) directly addresses specific workforce needs.
The HOPE Career Grant is available to Georgia residents who are enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. You must be eligible for, and receiving, the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant to be awarded the Career Grant. It provides assistance with educational costs that are not covered by the HOPE or Zell Miller Grants.

The HOPE Career Grant is also awarded based on your enrollment status each semester. See chart below:
  

​9+ Credit Hours

​$500 per semester 

3-8 Credit Hours

$250 per semester

​1-2 Credit Hours

​$125 per semester

  
To receive the HOPE Career Grant, you must be enrolled in one of the following programs of study:

ADVANCED SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDER

OSM1

 

BIOSCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST

BED1

 

BIOSCIENCE REGULATORY ASSURANCE TECHNOLOGIST

BR21

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

CD61

 

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SPECIALIST

CT91

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

CP24

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION

ECC2

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION BASICS

EC31

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

ECP1

 

FLUX CORED ARC WELDER

FC61

 

GAME DEVELOPER

CSZ1

 

GAME DEVELOPMENT

CSD4

 

GAS METAL ARC WELDER

GM31

 

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDER

GTA1

 

GEORGIA FILM ACADEMY ON-SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

GF21

 

HEAVY DIESEL SERVICE TECHNICIAN

HD31

 

HIT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

FNT1

 

INFORMATION SECURITY SPECIALIST

IS12

 

INFORMATION SECURITY SPECIALIST

IS81

 

JAVA PROGRAMMER

JP11

 

LINUX/UNIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR

LA31

 

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SPECIALIST

MRI1

 

MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE ASSISTANT

MF21

 

NETWORKING SPECIALIST

NS14

 

PC REPAIR AND NETWORK TECHNICIAN

PR21

 

WEB SITE DESIGN

IS64

 

WEB SITE DEVELOPER

ISE1

 

WELDING AND JOINING TECHNOLOGY

WAJ2

 

For more information, visit www.GAFutures.org.