GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING TUITION AND FEES

Students attending Southeastern Technical College (STC) shall normally be charged tuition and related fees, unless otherwise exempted. Tuition for courses in curriculums leading to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree shall be charged on a uniform basis.

The Technical College System of Georgia shall annually review and establish application, tuition, and other fees charged by STC. In addition, student activity fees, non-revenue producing student-insurance fees, and miscellaneous services fees shall be adjusted annually.

VERIFICATION OF LAWFUL PRESENCE

Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:

  • A current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current Driver’s License or ID from:
    • Alabama: Issued after August 1, 2000
    • Florida: Issued after January 1, 2010
    • South Carolina: Issued after November 1, 2008
    • Tennessee: Issued after May 29, 2004
  • A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable
  • An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
  • A current, valid military identification card for active duty soldiers or veterans.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).

Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in TCSG Board Policy and Procedure V.B.3 to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state, and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.

GEORGIA STUDENTS

Students who are classified as Georgia Students under TCSG’s residence policies and procedures will be charged the rate of tuition set for in-state students by TCSG.

OUT OF STATE STUDENTS

Students who are classified as Out of State students under TCSG’s residence policies and procedures will be charged a rate of tuition twice that charged for students who are classified as Georgia Students.

Under no circumstances shall Out of State students be charged tuition or fees lower than the fees charged Georgia Students. All fees, other than tuition, shall be at the same rate for all students.

Out of State Students shall be enrolled in the college on a space available basis and shall not displace any Georgia Student desiring to enroll in the college.

NON-CITIZEN STUDENTS

Non-Citizen Students shall not be classified as Georgia Students for tuition purposes unless lawfully present in this state and there is evidence to warrant consideration of that classification. They are to be charged a rate of tuition four (4) times that charged for students who are classified as Georgia Students.

Lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or other Eligible Non-Citizens as defined by federal regulations may be extended the same consideration as citizens of the United States in determining whether they qualify as Georgia Students.

Students who reside in the United States under nonimmigrant status conditioned at least in part upon intent not to abandon a foreign domicile are NOT eligible to qualify as Georgia Students for tuition purposes.

All fees, other than tuition, shall be at the same rate for all students.

Non-Citizen Students shall be enrolled in the college on a space available basis and shall not displace any Georgia Student desiring to enroll in the college.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students who are not residents of the United States and are in the United States pursuant to a student visa shall pay a tuition amounting to four (4) times that paid by a resident of Georgia. A presidential exception may be granted which waives the 4-times tuition rate. These students may pay in-state rates, but are not eligible for a HOPE Scholarship/Grant. This applies to nonimmigrant aliens, those on I-20 Foreign Student VISAs, and other foreign non-immigrant personnel. Foreign immigrants who are permanent residents pay the same tuition as citizens of Georgia.

No person who is unlawfully present in the United States shall be eligible for any waiver of the tuition differential.

Lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or other Eligible Non-Citizens as defined by federal regulations may be extended the same consideration as citizens of the United States in determining whether they qualify as Georgia Students.

WAIVER OF STUDENT TUITION AND FEES

For transient students enrolled in more than one (1) Technical College during the same term, only the home Technical College shall charge the instructional support and technology fee. If the transient student is not attending the home college, the college that the student registered at first will charge the fee. The student is responsible for providing proof of payment to the remaining colleges in which they are registered. In this case, the home college will not charge the fee. All other Transient Students shall pay the instructional support and technology fee.

EXEMPTION OF TUITION AND FEES

Upon request, Georgia students sixty-two (62) years of age or older who are otherwise qualified may attend technical colleges, for credit courses only, without charge or payment of the standard tuition rate on a space available basis.

Students who are enrolled solely in courses offered online and/or who, in the judgment of the president, otherwise do not utilize campus facilities shall not be charged the student activity, insurance, or the facilities fee.

Tuition and fees for all dually enrolled or jointly enrolled high school students or dually enrolled adult education students, up to the amount not covered by HOPE, may be exempted. If a college utilizes this option, it must apply to all dually or jointly enrolled high school students or dually enrolled adult education students attending the college for the time frame the exemption applies.

TUITION AND FEES

All tuition and fees are payable at registration for each term. Tuition and fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card and may be paid online through BannerWeb, by telephone, or in person. Checks should be made payable to Southeastern Technical College and may not be post-dated. Continuing education and specialty course fees are assessed on a cost recovery plus formula.

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In addition to tuition, students who are enrolled in any clinical, live-work, or practicum course must pay an annual fee of $12 for liability insurance. Please refer to the Course Information section for specific courses to which this fee applies. Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Technology students must pay an annual fee of $47 for liability insurance.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at the beginning of any term/course.

See advisor for specific costs related to each program of study.

OTHER FEES AND EXPENSES

Application Fee

A student's first application for admission to any credit course must be accompanied by an application fee of $25. This fee is non-refundable.

Retest Fee

If a student desires to retest, a fee of $15 must be paid to the Business Office prior to retesting.

Books, Tools, Uniforms, and Equipment

Each student is required to have books, tools, uniforms, and other equipment appropriate to the program of study; in most instances, these items will be useable in the student's employment following graduation. All required books, and many of the student’s other needs, may be purchased in the Southeastern Technical College Bookstore.

Transcript Fee

A student who needs an official transcript must clear all financial obligations to the College. The charge is $7.50 per copy.

Test Score Request Fee

A student who need a copy or copies of their official test scores must clear all financial obligation to the College. The charge for the test score is $7.50 per copy.

Express Transcript Fee

A student can request an on demand transcript at the cost of $25 per transcript. Please note: May not be available during registration time.

Exemption Exam Fees

A student desiring to take an exemption exam must pay an exemption exam test fee. The fee is 25% of the tuition cost for each course. This fee is non-refundable and not transferable.

Parking Decals

All students must have an STC Parking Decal. Each student receives one (1) free decal; replacements are $8 each.

Graduation Fee

A fee of $40 is charged to each student who applies for graduation and wishes to participate in the graduation ceremony. This fee covers the cost of the credential, cover and cap and gown ensemble. Graduating students who do not wish to participate in the graduation ceremony are charged a fee of $10 per credential. A $10 fee is charged for each cover requested.

Nursing Exam Fee

Applicants for the Associate of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing program who have met all other admissions requirements are scheduled for additional testing. The additional test is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Students are charged a fee of $70 to defray the cost of the purchasing, administration and grading of the test. There is a $75 re-test fee.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Cosmetology, Early Childhood Care and Education, and all Health Sciences programs students are responsible for the cost of the Hepatitis B vaccination. Although it is not required, all students are encouraged to be immunized against the Hepatitis B virus.

Background Checks and Drug Screens

Health Science program students are required to pay for a criminal background check and a drug screen prior to any clinical rotations. The amount will vary depending upon requirements of the respective programs.

Physical and Dental Exams

Practical Nursing; Medical Assisting; Certified Nurse Aide; HCA, Phlebotomy; Clinical Laboratory Technology; Radiologic Technology; Health Care Science, Phlebotomy; and Dental Hygiene students are required to pay for physical exams. In addition, Dental Hygiene students are required to pay for a dental exam.

Student ID Badges

All students must have a Student Identification Badge. Each student receives one (1) free badge; replacement badges are $5 each. Students must pay a replacement fee if they change programs voluntarily or if they are required to change programs, graduate from one (1) program and go into another program, or if they lose an ID.

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

COSMETOLOGY

DIESEL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION

ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

HEALTH CORE

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL & MAINTENANCE

MEDICAL ASSISTING

PHLEBOTOMY

WELDING & JOINING TECHNOLOGY

ACCIDENT INSURANCE

All students are required to purchase accident insurance at registration. In case of an accident, the student is responsible for any expenses not paid by this accident insurance. Accident insurance provides partial (supplemental) coverage for medical expenses related to accidents (accidental injury or death) as specified below:

  • College-Time Coverage protects students while engaged in College activities during the entire term;
  • Traveling to or from the student's residence and the College to attend classes or as a member of a supervised group (not as a spectator) traveling in a College-furnished vehicle or chartered transportation going to or from a College-sponsored activity;
  • On the College premises during the hours on the days the College is in session or any other time while the student is required to participate in a College-sponsored activity (not as a spectator); and
  • Away from the College premises as a member of a supervised group participating in a College-sponsored activity requiring the attendance of the student (not as a spectator).

LIABILITY INSURANCE

All Health Sciences program students and some Human Services program students are required to obtain professional and personal liability insurance coverage in the internship, live-work, practicum, and clinical education and training areas that are a required part of these programs. (Please see the Course Information section for specific programs.)

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE FEE

Fees are charged for each continuing education course as indicated in the announcement of course offerings for each term. In addition, students are required, in some instances, to purchase textbooks and supplies pertaining to their courses.

AUDITING FEES

Students who audit courses must pay the regular fees for enrollment in any course(s).

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

A student who is delinquent in the payment of any financial obligation(s) may be removed from course(s) at the College and will not be allowed to register for another term until the delinquency is resolved. The student will not be issued grade reports, transcripts, or other student records.

PERSONAL CHECK PROCEDURE

Personal checks will be accepted in the amount of fees, services, and/or books. Students paying by check must provide proper identification. When a bank refuses to honor such a personal check, the College will charge a service fee of $30 to the person who presented the check.

Students will be notified by mail of a dishonored check and given 10 days to satisfy the debt. If payment to the college in the form of cash, postal money order, or cashier's check is not made within 10 days, the College will place an "administrative hold" on the student's accounts and records. Until the "administrative hold" is cleared, the student will not be issued grade reports, transcripts, or other student records, or allowed to register, graduate or receive college services. If the dishonored check was for tuition, the college may also administratively drop or withdraw the student from class(es).

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Southeastern Technical College believes the primary responsibility for financing education lies first with the student and his/her family (parents or spouse). When the total resources they can provide fail to meet educational expenses, Southeastern Technical College, as a third partner, will provide all assistance possible so the student will not be denied an education.

The information in this section will outline the types of financial assistance available, and specify application procedures, eligibility requirements, when and how financial aid payments are made, and other information pertinent to the overall process.

All students are encouraged to apply. Applications and information, including assistance in completion of forms, are available Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Office of Financial Aid.

CONTACTING THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

You can contact the Financial Aid Office using the phone numbers below or stop by the campus nearest you.

  • Swainsboro Campus: (478) 289-2200 or (478) 289-2268
  • Vidalia Campus: (912) 538-3100 or (912) 538-3127 or (912) 538-3226 or (912) 538-3107
  • For VA Information: (912) 538-3127
  • For Federal Work Study (FWS): (912) 538-3127 or (912) 538-3207

You can also contact the Financial Aid Office by email or fax.

Email: FinancialAidEmail@southeasterntech.edu

Fax: (478) 289-2263 or (912) 538-3156

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Southeastern Technical College has several types of financial assistance to help qualifying applicants pay for their education. Financial assistance includes the Federal Pell Grant (Pell), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Georgia HOPE Scholarship/Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship/Grant, HOPE Career Grant, formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, HOPE for Students who complete a GED, Federal Work Study (FWS), the Student Access Loan and Private Student Loans, which may be offered as one (1) program or through a combination of programs. Students may also be eligible for assistance under the Workforce Investment Act, various Veteran's programs, and vocational rehabilitation programs. Sufficient assistance is available so that no eligible student should be denied the opportunity to enroll because of costs.

Financial Aid Deadline

All financial aid application processes must be complete 10 days prior to the first day of the student's initial enrollment term. All outstanding requirements must be met and all requested documentation required for verification must be received prior to the deadline. Failure to meet the application deadline will result in the student's financial aid not being paid until the end of the term.

A student must file a HOPE Scholarship/Grant application on or before the last day of the academic term or the student's withdrawal date, whichever occurs first, in order to receive an award for that term.

Due to the processing time for financial aid, applicants should apply six (6) weeks prior to the anticipated date for starting school.

Grant and scholarship programs operate on an award year basis beginning July 1 and ending June 30. Students must apply or re-apply each year in order to receive or continue receiving financial aid.

Financial Aid Application Priority Dates for 2020 - 2021 are:

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Any student who does not have financial aid posted to their account prior to the first day of class is responsible for paying their tuition and fee charges. Once financial aid has been posted to the student's account, the student will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses covered by financial aid according to the refund policies established by the college.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

In order for a student to receive most types of financial assistance from federal and state financial aid programs he/she must:

  • Be enrolled as a regular or provisional student in an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program;
  • Be a U.S. citizen/national or eligible non-citizen;
  • Show that he/she has need (with the exception of HOPE Scholarship/Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship/Grant and HOPE Career Grant);
  • Be registered with Selective Service or prove that he/she is not required to register;
  • Not be in default on a Perkins/National Direct Student Loan, Stafford/Guaranteed Student Loan, PLUS, Supplemental Loan for Students, Income Contingent Loan or a Consolidated Loan Agreement that requires use of any funds received to be used only for educationally related purposes;
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with STC policy;
  • Be at least sixteen years of age;
  • Certify that he/she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance while receiving a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Georgia HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship, Georgia HOPE and Zell Miller Grant, HOPE Career Grant, HOPE HSE Voucher;
  • Meet other program requirements;
  • Have earned a high school diploma, high school equivalent, or meet the ability to benefit requirements (ATB).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID

Students who enroll in a certificate, diploma, or degree program should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Instructions on how to complete the application can be found on STC's Financial Aid website or student's may pick up a pre-application worksheet from the Office of Financial Aid.

STC's Federal School Code is 030665.

Once processed, the application will be sent from the Department of Education to STC's Office of Financial Aid for electronic processing.

When requested, other forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid before review of a student's application process can be completed. Students who complete the FAFSA will also be applying for the Georgia Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant, HOPE Grant and HOPE Career Grant.

Students will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid approximately two (2) weeks after the FAFSA has been submitted and all required documentation has been turned in, along with all previous college transcripts. In addition, the student will receive a one-page summary from the federal processing center approximately two (2) weeks following the online submission. The student should review this summary to verify the accuracy of the submitted information.

Students receiving the Federal Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship/Grant or Zell Miller Scholarship/Grant, and HOPE Career Grant will have the designated amount applied to their tuition and fees after registration for each term eligible. A copy of the student's schedule/bill can be viewed online using the college's BannerWeb information system after financial aid has been awarded, and, if applicable, all other fees have been paid. If the student's schedule changes after registration, his/her financial aid award is subject to change.

Applying for STATE Aid Only

Students who do not wish to complete the FAFSA, must submit a completed GSFAPPS Application online to apply for the HOPE Scholarship/Grant. Please complete this application six (6) weeks before your anticipated start date to allow the Office of Financial Aid time to determine your eligibility.

Students will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid approximately two (2) weeks after a completed GSFAPPS has been received from GSFC regarding aid eligibility, along with all previous college transcripts.

SAR/ISIR VERIFICATION

Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid may be selected for verification. If selected, the student must provide documentation that certain elements of the SAR/ISIR are accurate. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Verification Worksheet;
  • Student’s IRS Tax Transcript;
  • Spouse’s IRS Tax Transcript;
  • Parent’s IRS Tax Transcript;
  • W-2's of student, spouse, or parent;
  • Student's Social Security Card;
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefit report;
  • SNAP benefit report;
  • Child Support Printout;
  • Statement from the Social Security Administration on total benefits received for the year;
  • Other documents that provide proof of income or asset value;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Passport; or
  • Documentation to prove marital status (divorce decree if applicable)

FUND DISBURSEMENT

Pell disbursements are credited to student accounts by the 28th calendar day of each term. Charges for tuition and fees will automatically be deducted from the student’s Financial Aid Award each term. The balance of the award will be paid directly to the student by the 42nd day of the term. Students whose financial aid is not awarded at the time of the initial disbursement will have their funds disbursed within 14 days of the date of award. Notices will be posted on the Academic Calendar in MySTC and emailed to students stating the date checks will be mailed to students. Should these dates occur during student breaks or holidays, the disbursement date will be the last business day prior to such break.

SAL and Private Loan disbursements are credited to student accounts by the 21st day of each term. Loan funds will be paid directly to students by the 35th day of the term. Notices will be posted on the Academic Calendar in MySTC and emailed to students stating the date checks will be mailed to students. Should these dates occur during student breaks or holidays, the disbursement date will be the last business day prior to such break.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant (Pell) is a federally funded Title IV Grant Program available to students who meet certain income guidelines of postsecondary education. The Pell Grant does not require repayment. It is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor's degree, owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program, or is in default on a student loan.

The amount of the Pell Grant award will depend on the family contribution amount shown on the Student Aid Report, whether the student is enrolled full- or part-time, the number of federal credit hours enrolled, the cost of attendance, and the size of federal appropriations. Students must reapply each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) by completing the FAFSA or the renewal application for the New Aid Year.

The Pell Grant is not available to students who are accepted as Special Admit or those who are concurrently attending two (2) or more colleges as a regular student. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Pell-eligible students can receive the Pell Grant for 12 full semesters, or the equivalent. Once a student has exceeded the 12 semester maximum, Pell eligibility will end. The calculation includes all Pell received in the student’s lifetime.

For the purposes of Pell, Southeastern Technical College operates on a Standard Academic Year of three (3) semesters. The annual Pell award ($6,345 for 2020-2021) is divided over the Fall ($3,173), Spring ($3,172). Students who do not enroll full-time both Fall and Spring, may roll their unused Pell amounts from their first Pell award to Summer. In addition, students who enroll more than half-time Summer may also be eligible for additional Pell up to Full-time status which would give students $3,172 for Summer semester if enrolled full-time. Enrollment status determines the amount of Pell funds earned each semester:

Credit Hours Enrollment Status Amount of Semester Pell Earned

1-5 Less than half-time 25%

6-8 Half-time 50%

9-11 Three-quarter time 75%

12 or more Full-time 100%

Pell is available to students enrolled in the college’s degrees and diploma programs and the following Pell-eligible certificate programs:

Administrative Support Assistant

Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist

Automotive Engine Performance Technician

Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist

Barber II – NOT OFFERING IN 2020-2021

Basic CNC Technician

Cisco Network Specialist

Commercial Wiring

Computerized Accounting Specialist

Cybersecurity

Cyber Crime Specialist

Diesel Engine Service Technician

Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician

Electrical Contracting Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

Hair Designer

Health Care Assistant

Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Assistant

Healthcare Office Assistant

Heavy Duty Truck Technician

Help Desk Specialist

Human Resource Management Specialist

Management and Leadership Specialist

Medical Administrative Technician

Microsoft Office Application Professional

NCCER Industrial Maintenance Technician – NOT OFFERING IN 2020-2021

Payroll Accounting Specialist

Pre-Hospital EMS Operations

Technical Management Specialist

Website Developer – NOT OFFERING IN 2020-2021

More information is available on the Federal Student Aid Website.

Apply online by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Southeastern Technical College’s Federal School Code is 030665.

Student Loans

Southeastern Technical College does not participate in the Federal Student Loan programs (Direct or Parent Plus). Students who need additional funds beyond what they qualify for in federal student aid or students who are not eligible for federal student aid may wish to apply for a private (alternative) education loan.

Georgia Student Access Loan

Technical college students in Georgia are eligible to apply for the Student Access Loan each aid year in amounts up to $3,000. These loans have a low interest rate, usually 1%, and are awarded on a first-come first served basis. Preference is given to students receiving either HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship or Grant.

Criteria for the SAL Loan are:

In addition to the eligibility requirements from Georgia Student Finance Authority, Southeastern Technical College has developed additional eligibility requirements. In order to have a Student Access Loan certified or to receive a Student Access Loan disbursement in any term, students must:

  • have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative postsecondary GPA; and
  • be in Good Standing for Satisfactory Academic Progress (cannot be on warning, probation, suspension or on an Academic Plan); and
  • have not borrowed the Aggregate Federal Loan Limits;
  • have not reached the Pell Lifetime Eligibility of 600%; and
  • have never been in a delinquent status on the monthly Keep in Touch (KIT) payments. If the borrower is ever in a delinquent status on the KIT payments, the borrower will not be eligible for future disbursements or future loans in the SAL Program; and
  • complete the Financial Awareness Counseling at https://studentaid.gov/app/counselingInstructions.action?counselingType=entrance

A student may appeal Southeastern Technical College’s institutional requirements for certifying a Student Access Loan by writing a letter to the Director of Financial Aid if they are not meeting one (1) of the requirements listed above.

Delinquency of the KIT payments cannot be appealed.

Student Access Loan (SAL) Promissory Note documents and SAL Keeping In Touch (KIT) Payments can now be submitted online at https://www.pathways2gsfa.org/.

The application process for SAL generally runs from mid-May until mid-September.

More information is available on the GAfutures website state loans page.

Private Education Loans

A private education loan cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance when added to all the student's other financial aid. Southeastern Technical College does not endorse or support any specific lender or student loan program/product. Students and/or parents who find they must apply for a private education loan should contact their bank, credit union, or other private lending institution to ascertain if they provide private (alternative) education loans. Students may also conduct an internet search for "private student loans." We strongly recommend you compare interest rates, loan fees, and repayment plans before applying for any loan.

The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), require a lender to obtain a self-certification signed by the private loan applicant before disbursing a private education loan. The lender may provide the applicant the self-certification form.

All loan funds are contractual agreements between the borrower (student) and the loan holder (lender).

Application instructions are available on the Southeastern Technical College Loan Page.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is based on financial need. Students must be undergraduates enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at an eligible College. At STC, students must have been enrolled at least one (1) term to receive FSEOG. Students must meet citizenship requirements as required for all Title IV Programs, as well as all other eligibility listed in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. Priority for supplemental grants will be given to students with the lowest EFC (Estimated Family Contribution), the greatest need, the highest cumulative grade point average and have not withdrawn from any classes during the term. The Office of Financial Aid will use the SAR/ISIR to consider all eligible students for FSEOG. The maximum FSEOG a student may receive per academic year at the College will depend on the availability of funds, but will not exceed $400 per term or $1200 per year.

More information is available on the Federal Student Aid FSEOG website.

Apply online by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Southeastern Technical College’s Federal School Code is 030665.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study program gives employment to students who need income to help meet the costs of postsecondary education. Work-study awards are made on a term basis.

To be eligible for a FWS job, a student must have a "financial/unmet need". His/her cost of attendance must be greater than the expected family contribution (EFC). FWS may not be awarded to a student if that award, when combined with other resources, would exceed the student's financial unmet need for that award year.

The resources available in the Federal Work-Study program, when combined with the College's 25% matching funds, may not be sufficient to hire all eligible and interested students. Those students determined to be eligible by the Office of Financial Aid will go through an interview process for available positions before being hired.

Students will be paid at least $10 per hour on a monthly basis for duties performed at their assigned job location. Time sheets are to be signed by both the student and their supervisor after hours have been totaled. Questions in relation to hours and days worked should be discussed at this time. If the student feels there is a problem with their time, they should discuss this with their supervisor. The student has the right to appeal any decision or problem. In an appeal, the first step is to contact the Director of Career Services. If the problem is not resolved, the student should then contact the Vice President of Student Affairs. The decision of the Vice President is the final decision at the College.

Time sheets are to be submitted by 10 a.m. on the pre-assigned days. Direct Deposits will be made on the last day of a pay period unless on a weekend or holiday. If this occurs, they will be disbursed on the preceding Friday.

In assigning a FWS job, the College will consider the student's financial need, the number of hours per week the student can work, the period of employment, the anticipated wage rate, and the amount of other assistance available to the student. While there is no minimum or maximum award, the amount for each student should be determined based on these factors.

A FWS award, when combined with other sources of financial aid, may not exceed the student's need. To the maximum extent practical, the College will provide FWS jobs that will complement and reinforce each recipient's educational program or career goals.

The fact that a student may receive academic credit for the work performed does not disqualify the job under FWS. However, there are certain restrictions. If a student must complete an internship or practicum as part of his/her diploma or degree requirement and would not normally be paid for doing so, the internship or practicum does not qualify under FWS. If a position is considered as a regular FWS position, a student may be paid during his/her internship or practicum. A student may not be paid for receiving instruction in a classroom, laboratory, or other academic setting.

The College must oppose any garnishment order they receive for repayment of debt. Paying FWS funds in such cases could mean that funds would not be used "solely for educational purposes", which is a requirement for awarding Title IV aid funds.

No FWS position will involve construction, operating, or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or sectarian instruction.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, prohibits employers (including Colleges) from accepting voluntary services from any paid employee. Any student employed under FWS must be paid for all hours worked.

Determining Maximum FWS Eligibility

In determining the maximum FWS award a student is eligible to receive, the Director of Financial Aid must take into account the following resources:

  • Those resources the Director of Financial Aid can reasonably anticipate at the time aid is awarded to the student, such as Federal Pell Grant awards, Private Student Loans, HOPE Grant awards, Veterans educational benefits, scholarships, WIA benefits, Department of Labor benefits, and FSEOG awards;
  • Those the College makes available to its students; or
  • Those the Director of Financial Aid knows about.

The sum of a student's FWS award plus other resources may not exceed his/her financial need.

Non-need-based earnings, such as earnings from a job a student locates on his/her own with a private employer, are not considered a resource for the current award year. The earnings will be reported on the application for federal student aid for the subsequent award year and will be used to determine the Expected Family Contribution for the subsequent award year. Only net income from need-based employment may be considered as a resource.

Students must be enrolled in a Title IV program to be eligible. Jobs are located on campus and work schedules are planned around the student's class schedule.

The procedures for applying for Federal Work-Study are as follows:

  1. Once registered for class, interested students should stop by the Career Services Office and complete a FWS application to let the Director of Career Services know that they are interested in Work-Study;
  2. Once a position is available, the Director of Career Services meets with the Director of Financial Aid to determine if a student is eligible. The Director of Financial Aid calculates the applicant's need according to Federal regulations to determine their eligibility for Federal Work-Study;
  3. The Director of Career Services forwards eligible student's applications to specific departments on campus who have vacant Work-Study positions;
  4. Work-Study candidates will be contacted to interview for jobs;
  5. The Director of Career Services will contact the Office of Financial Aid once a student is employed;
  6. The newly hired student will complete all required payroll paperwork and return it to the departmental payroll person;
  7. On the twelfth day of the month, student employees will complete a monthly time sheet, which must be signed by their supervisor and forwarded to the departmental payroll person;
  8. The Office of Financial Aid will verify monthly hours and salary information on student employees.

More information is available on the Federal Student Aid Work-study website.

To apply, contact the Career Services Office.

STATE STUDENT AID PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship is a state funded award which will pay 100% of the cost of tuition. Students graduating from an eligible Georgia high school with a minimum grade point average of 3.7 (determined by GSFC) and having a SAT score of 1200 (critical reading and math) or ACT score of at least 26 may apply for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of current academic year standard tuition amount. The Zell Miller Scholarship will also be awarded to the top two (2) graduates from each high school (must still meet HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements excluding the SAT/ACT test score and the minimum 3.7 high school GPA). Recipients must maintain a 3.3 grade point average for all check points (30/60/90 semester hour check points).

If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3, but is at least a 3.0, the student would be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. If a student loses eligibility for any reason, they may regain eligibility one (1) time if they re-qualify at one (1) of the checkpoints. This provision takes into account prior eligibility status.

If a student had lost eligibility in the past and has since regained it, another loss of eligibility would be permanent.

More information is available on the ZELL Miller Scholarship page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

Georgia HOPE Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers a portion of tuition for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The HOPE Scholarship does not cover fees or provide a book allowance. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA (as calculated by GSFC) to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Beginning with students graduating from an eligible high school on or after May 1, 2015, students must complete a specific number of academically rigorous courses, as identified on the Academic Rigor Course List, in addition to meeting the GPA requirements. This does not include students who received a high school diploma through petition of his or her local school board, in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-281.1, nor does it apply to students graduating from home study programs. A nontraditional student may qualify for the HOPE scholarship after completing 30 semester hours in the diploma program and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Grade point averages are recalculated at 30, 60, and 90 semester hours at which time the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. The student must be Georgia resident and not be in default of a student loan.

More information is available on the HOPE Scholarship page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

Zell Miller Grant

The Zell Miller Grant is a state-funded award which will pay 100% of tuition costs. A student must be a Georgia resident and not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a refund on a Federal grant in order to receive this grant. Students must have a 3.5 GPA at the end of each term. At Southeastern Tech, a diploma, as well as a certificate-seeking student is eligible to receive this grant.

More information is available on the Zell Miller Grant page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

Georgia HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant is a state-funded award which will pay a portion of tuition costs. A student must be a Georgia resident and not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a refund on a Federal grant in order to receive this grant. Students must have a 2.0 GPA after attempting 30 semester HOPE paid credit hours. At Southeastern Tech, a diploma, as well as a certificate-seeking student is eligible to receive this grant.

More information is available on the HOPE Grant page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

HOPE Career Grant

Students enrolled in selected certificate and diploma programs and are receiving a HOPE Grant award for a term are also eligible for a HOPE Career Grant award for that term. High school students participating in Dual Credit Enrollment are not eligible for the HOPE Career Grant award.

A student’s HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount per term based upon the student’s program of study and number of hours of Enrollment.

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More information is available on the HOPE Career Grant page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

HOPE Payments Amounts

For the 2020-2021 Aid Year, the HOPE Grant and HOPE Scholarship payment amount is $76 per credit hour up to a maximum of 15 credit hours. The following charts represent the payment breakdown and student responsibility portions for the year:

HOPE Payment Amount for All Programs Except Commercial Truck Driving and HOPE Career Grant Programs

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If you have Pell or Loans, the student responsibility can be taken from the Pell or Loan amount.

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If you have Pell or Loans, the student responsibility can be taken from the Pell or Loan amount.

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Commercial Truck Driving is not Pell-eligible. Commercial Truck Driving requires only nine (9) hours.

*Student may only receive HOPE Career Grant for Truck Driving once.

**Does not include student out-of-pocket expenses.

HOPE GED Grant

Students who earn a GED on or after July 1, 1993 that are Georgia residents are eligible for a state grant of $500. After passing the GED test, students will receive a voucher by mail. Students must sign and turn their voucher into the Office of Financial Aid during the term of enrollment in which they wish to redeem their voucher. Students must enroll and attend classes for a certificate or diploma program in order to use their voucher. Vouchers must be redeemed the first term of attendance, and within 24 months of passing the GED. Students will be issued a check for the voucher amount after satisfactorily completing classes through midterm.

NOTE: A student is ineligible for HOPE GED Grant payment if he or she began seeking a college degree or received HOPE Scholarship payment prior to earning a GED diploma.

More information is available on the HOPE GED Grant page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, complete the GSFAPPS application on the GAfutures website.

Instructions for completing the online application are available on the Southeastern Technical College website.

Georgia HERO Scholarship Program

The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program was created to provide financial aid to students seeking a postsecondary education.

To be eligible to apply for the Georgia HERO Scholarship Program, a student must meet one (1) of the following criteria.

  1. Be an active member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who is a Georgia resident and was deployed outside the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries.
  2. Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine (9) months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  3. Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine (9) months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.
  4. Be the spouse of a former member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who was a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone.

The Georgia HERO Scholarship Program is funded by State Appropriations. The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is $2,000 per award year, for no more than four (4) award years. The award amount is subject to change during the award year.

More information is available on the Georgia HERO Scholarship page on the GAfutures website.

Apply online by completing the HERO application available on the GAfutures website.

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment is for students at eligible high schools who wish to take college level coursework for credit toward both high school and college graduation requirements. Eligible students must meet certain criteria. The program is offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of the school year.

The Dual Enrollment program offers Georgia public and private high school and home-schooled students the opportunity to earn credit hours toward an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree, Diploma or Certificate, as they simultaneously meet their high school graduation requirements as Dual Credit Enrollment students, by providing financial assistance toward their postsecondary educational costs. In order to be eligible for Dual Enrollment funds, a high school student must be taking coursework leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree or Diploma or Certificate.

The award amount received by eligible students and the total amount of funds appropriated for the program are established each year by the Georgia General Assembly during the prior legislative session, and are subject to change during the Award Year.

Student Participation Considerations

Careful consideration should be taken before a decision is made to participate in the Dual Enrollment program, formerly Move on When Ready. The high school student, his or her parents, the high school counselor and principal, and officials of the Eligible Postsecondary Institution should be confident that it is in the best interest of the student to participate in Dual Enrollment. It is critical that students understand that the credit hours for which they receive payment from the Dual Enrollment program will not be included in the maximum total number of credit hours of payment they can receive from the HOPE Scholarship Program, after graduating from high school.

The following factors should be assessed before a student enters into the Dual Enrollment Program:

  • It is important for the student and his or her parents to have a serious and open discussion of the student's postsecondary educational and career goals.
  • A high school student's social and emotional maturity can often be the major determinate of success as a Dual Credit Enrollment student.
  • The quality and quantity of the academic coursework the student has completed, as early as the 8th grade, should be evaluated to determine exactly what additional coursework is required to meet high school graduation requirements and what coursework the high school can offer the student for the remainder of his or her high school studies.
  • Although the Dual Enrollment program does not mandate specific academic requirements for participation, it is important for the student to understand that college credit hours earned as a Dual Credit Enrollment student, may not be accepted by certain postsecondary institutions. Each institution has its own specific academic requirements and policies as they relate to the acceptance of transfer credit.
  • As the student and his or her parents make this major decision, full advantage should be taken of the knowledge and experience of officials at the student's high school and at the Eligible Postsecondary Institution the student plans to attend.

More information is available on the Dual Enrollment page on the GAfutures website.

To apply, contact your high school counselor.

GENERAL AID

Various local, civic, social, and professional organizations provide scholarships for qualified students. In most cases, financial aid is awarded based on need, educational costs and availability of funds. See the Director of Financial Aid for details.

OTHER AID AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

Rehabilitation Services

This program provides assistance to qualified students with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities.

Social Security Benefits

For more information concerning Social Security payments while attending Southeastern Technical College, students should contact the local Social Security Office.

STC Foundation

The mission of the STC Foundation is to promote the cause of technical and adult education by acquiring and administering monetary gifts, grants, and other funds and properties principally from area industries, businesses, individuals, other organizations, as well as faculty, staff, and other friends of Southeastern Technical College. Many of the donations received are used for scholarships for students. More information is available on the Foundation Scholarship page.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Students receiving TANF should contact their case manager at the area Department of Family and Children Services to see if they qualify for any child care/transportation assistance.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and North American Free Trade Agreement

Transitional Adjustment Assistance/NAFTA-TAA is available to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

Veteran Programs (VA)

Southeastern Technical College is approved for veteran's training under various programs.

Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e) School Compliance

NOTE: A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

  • Southeastern Technical College’s policy permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veteran