Grants & Scholarships

Grants

Grants are financial aid allowances that do not normally need to be repaid. GNTC offers both federally funded grants and state funded grants.

Scholarships 

Scholarships are merit based financial aid awards that do not normally need to be repaid. Scholarships may be offered by the state, the college itself, or outside institutions.

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Grant (HOPE Grant)

The HOPE Grant is a state funded program awarded to students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. The grant pays for 73% of the tuition costs (Note: the 73% is toward tuition costs only and does not include the $269 of fees) up to 63 attempted semester hours (Attempted hours are calculated from Summer 2003 to present).For students who wish to later graduate with an associate’s degree, the HOPE Grant allows them to “build up” their GPA to a 3.0 so they may later be evaluated for the Scholarship and switch to a degree program. If the student chooses, he/she may remain in a certificate or diploma program and continue receiving the HOPE Grant so long as he/she maintains their eligibility. To maintain eligibility for the HOPE Grant, students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress and (effective Fall 2013) maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at each check-point. Students will be evaluated at the 30th & 60th semester hour check points to ensure they maintain the minimum 2.0 GPA. If a student loses the HOPE Grant at a checkpoint, they may be able to regain it only one (1) time at the next checkpoint. Hope regulations are subject to change. For complete details on HOPE program changes please visit the GSFC website at: http://www.gsfc.org

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program of study
  • Student must be a resident of Georgia for at least 24 months prior to starting classes
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be both a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months and a resident of the state of Georgia for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must be taking classes within his/her program of study
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

HOPE Career Grant

The HOPE Career Grant is state funded. Students within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), receiving Hope Grant funds, and enrolled within an eligible program, may be eligible. Please check the HOPE Career Grant flyer for more information.

Zell Miller Grant

Georgia’s Zell Miller Grant is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. The grant pays 100% of the tuition rate (Note: the tuition rate does NOT include the $269 of fees) for certificate and diploma seeking students. Zell Miller Grant follows the same guidelines as the HOPE Grant with the exception that the GPA requirement to qualify for the Zell Miller is a 3.5 GPA. Students may receive Zell Miller Grant funds as long as they maintain eligibility requirements until they reach the 63 paid-hours limit, or the combined paid hours limit of 63 semester hours (combined hours = Zell Miller Grant paid hours + HOPE Grant paid hours). Also, a student may lose eligibility when they reach the combined paid- hours limit of 127 semester hours from any combination of Zell Miller Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and HOPE Scholarship (including any Accel program paid-hours).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must fill out and turn in the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation form. Please visit our Forms page.
  • Student must be enrolled in a degree program of study
  • Student must be a resident of Georgia for at least 24 months prior to starting classes
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must be taking classes within his/her program of study
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is needs-based and provides assistance to low-income students seeking a post-secondary education. Pell Grant amounts are determined by the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), Cost Of Attendance (COA), the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled for classes, and whether the student attends each semester within the academic year. If a student is enrolled in an associate’s degree, diploma, or one of our Pell Eligible certificate programs, he/she may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must have a High School Diploma or GED®.
  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree, diploma, or one of our Pell Eligible certificate programs
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • Student cannot have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a needs-based grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Only students who both receive the federal Pell Grant and have the greatest financial need will receive the FSEOG first. Each participating school is allotted only a certain amount of funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Therefore, this is a type of “first-come-first-served” grant. Once the allotted amount of FSEOG funds have been awarded, no more FSEOG awards can be administered until the next fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must have a High School Diploma or GED®.
  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree, diploma, or one of our Pell Eligible certificate programs
  • Student must be Pell eligible with high financial need qualifying the student for the maximum Pell amount
  • Student must be registered for at least 6 credit hours
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • Student cannot have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study program (FWS) is a needs-based federally funded program that assists students with funding educational expenses by providing employment opportunities. Both on-campus and a few off-campus positions are offered to students. Since education is our primary goal for the student, work hours are generally flexible around the student’s academic schedule. The rate of pay for federal work-study is never less than minimum wage, and Work-Study students are paid twice a month for hours worked.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • If student is selected for verification the student must have all financial aid documents turned in and be verified.
  • Student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree, diploma, or one of our Pell Eligible certificate programs
  • Student must be Pell eligible with high financial need
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months and a resident of the state of Georgia for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must have all outstanding fees paid and must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • Student cannot have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Student must apply and complete all required documents for the background check. Please view our Federal Work-Study Positions page.
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Scholarship (HOPE Scholarship)

The HOPE Scholarship is a state funded program awarded to students enrolled in a degree program. The Scholarship pays for 73% of the tuition costs (Note: the 73% is toward tuition cost only and does not include the $269 of fees) up until:

  • The student has received payment totaling 127 semester hours from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and/or Accel program funds (that is Accel program funds received through Spring term 2011); OR
  • The student has attempted 127 semester hours of college degree credit regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while attempting the hours;OR
  • The student has earned a bachelor's degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree;OR
  • The student has reached the Seven Year Expiration of Eligibility date.
    * Students who received HOPE Scholarship at least once prior to Summer term 2011 will have an expiration date of June 30th, 2015. 
    * Students who have not received a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until whichever of the following occurs first:
    • seven years after the student’s high school graduation date OR
    • seven years after the graduation date of the student's high school class (if the student withdrew from high school prior to his graduation date),OR
    • seven years from the student’s GED test date OR
    • seven years from the student’s Home Study program completion date

Students graduating from High School with at least a 3.0 GPA and going straight into a degree program may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Likewise, students who have completed 30, 60, or 90 semester hours that will count toward the degree program they wish
to acquire, may also qualify for scholarship funds. Recipients of the HOPE Scholarship must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and will automatically be evaluated at the end of every spring semester as well as the 30th, 60th, and 90th semester hour checkpoints. If a student loses the HOPE Scholarship at any of the checkpoints, he/she may be able to regain it only one (1) time at the next checkpoint. *For students who lost the HOPE Scholarship and regained it prior to fall semester 2011 (when the HOPE guidelines were revised): If you lose the scholarship again, you may regain it one (1) time at the next GPA checkpoint. Hope regulations are subject to change. For complete details on HOPE program changes please visit the GSFC website at: http://well-spoken.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • As stated above, student must meet GPA requirements
  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must fill out and turn in the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation form. Please visit our Forms page.
  • Student must be enrolled in a degree program of study
  • Student must be a resident of Georgia for at least 24 months prior to starting classes
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be both a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months and a resident of the state of Georgia for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must be taking classes within his/her program of study

Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia’s Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. The scholarship pays 100% of tuition rate (Note: the tuition rate does NOT include the $269 of fees) for degree seeking students up until:

  • The student has received payment totaling 127 semester hours from any combination of HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and/or Accel program funds (that is Accel program funds received through Spring term 2011); OR
  • The student has attempted 127 semester hours of college degree credit regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while attempting the hours; OR
  • The student has earned a bachelor's degree, regardless of whether or not HOPE funds were received while earning the degree; OR
  • The student has reached the Seven Year Expiration of Eligibility date. The Seven Year Expiration of Eligibility for Zell Miller coincides with the HOPE Scholarship Expiration of Eligibility.
    * Effective for 2015-2016 year, any students who received HOPE Scholarship at least once prior to Summer term 2011 will have an expiration date of June 30th, 2099 instead of June 30th, 2015.
    * Students who have not received a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship until whichever of the following occurs first
    • seven years after the student’s high school graduation date OR
    • seven years after the graduation date of the student's high school class (if the student withdrew from high school prior to his graduation date), OR
    • seven years from the student’s GED test date OR
    • seven years from the student’s Home Study program completion date
  • Students wishing to qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and meet one of the academic requirements:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
  • Student must fill out and turn in the HOPE Scholarship Evaluation form. Please visit our Forms page.
  • Student must be enrolled in a degree program of study
  • Student must be a resident of Georgia for at least 24 months prior to starting classes
  • Student must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    *IF you are an eligible non-citizen, you must submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Financial Aid Office. You must be both a permanent resident of the United States for at least 24 months and a resident of the state of Georgia for at least 24 months before you become eligible.
  • Student must not owe any repayments on previous grants or scholarships
  • Student must not be in default on a federal loan
  • If student is a Male and born after 1960, he must be registered with the Selective Service (visit http://www.sss.gov for more information on the Selective Service)
  • Student must be taking classes within his/her program of study

Academic Requirements

  • Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school (within the last 7 years) with a minimum 3.7 GPA as well as either a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.
  • Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian with at least a 3.0 HOPE GPA.
  • Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.
  • Complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration. Also, student must earn at least a 3.3 GPA after attempting 30 semester hours of college degree-level coursework taken after home study completion. This allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours after they are completed.
  • Be previously enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint.

Students will be evaluated at the end of each spring semester as well as the 30th, 60th, and 90th semester hour checkpoint to ensure they maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA. A student who loses the Zell Miller Scholarship at two (2) of the GPA checkpoints, cannot regain the Zell Miller Scholarship.

Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships offered through GNTC’s Foundation:

  • Steve Patton Accounting/Business Technology Scholarship 
    A $250 scholarship which awards academic excellence and provides a financial incentive for GNTC students working toward the completion of a certificate, diploma, or degree in Accounting or Business Technology. The Scholarship is offered each semester that funds are available. - Application
  • Manufacturers’ Education Foundation Scholarship 
    The Manufacturers’ Education Foundation is providing a scholarship to promote careers in manufacturing.   The purpose of the Manufacturers’ Education Foundation Scholarship is to reward academic excellence and provide a financial incentive for a student working toward the completion of a diploma or degree of a manufacturing-related program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. - Application
  • Tommy Wilson Tools Scholarship
    The purpose of the Tommy Wilson Tools Scholarship is to reward academic excellence and provide a financial incentive for students working toward the completion of a diploma or degree in Air Conditioning Technology, Automotive Technology, or Machine Tool Technology on the Walker County Campus. - Application
  • Rome Home Builders Association Scholarship 
    The purpose of the Rome Home Builders Association Scholarship is to reward academic excellence and provide a financial incentive for students working toward the completion of a diploma or degree in Construction related programs on the Floyd, Gordon (Calhoun) and Polk County (Cedartown) Campuses. - Application

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships available for current students, recent alumni, and those ready to transfer.

Students are encouraged to search for and apply to as many scholarships as possible.  There are a variety of Internet sites available to assist students in the scholarship search process. The Financial Aid Office does not recommend you to use any scholarship search that requires a fee! Please notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships you may receive.

Additional scholarship information can be found at these web sites: