Feeling sick? Stay home. Self-Report. Access the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form in the me@CTC menu.
Feeling sick? Stay home. Self-Report. Access the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form in the me@CTC menu.

Financial Aid FAQs

Chattahoochee Tech logo

Frequently Asked Questions:

Applying for Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is money used to pay for your educational expenses such as tuition, fees, and book. Financial aid is generally in the form of grants, scholarships, and/or work-study program.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

What type of Financial Aid is offered at Chattahoochee Tech?

Chattahoochee Technical College offers a variety of financial aid programs that include grants and scholarships that are non-repayable.  Chattahoochee Technical College does not participate in any Federal Stafford/Direct Loan programs or the Federal PLUS program.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA on the web at StudentAid.gov. You will need income tax returns (1040, 1040A etc.) for you and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student), W-2’s and any other income information for that particular tax year.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

What is the Title IV School Code for Chattahoochee Tech?
Chattahoochee Tech’s Federal Title IV School Code is 005620. This number must be used when completing the FAFSA in order for Chattahoochee Tech to receive your financial aid application.

 
Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

Yes. Each year you must file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the Renewal FAFSA, at the Federal Student Aid website.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Do I need to apply every semester?

No. A financial aid academic year is July 1 through June 30. All financial aid expires on June 30; therefore, you must reapply 6-8 weeks before starting a term the next academic year.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Can I apply for a student loan?

Chattahoochee Technical College does not participate in any of the Federal Stafford Loan programs. Students can apply for private loans.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Do I need to be accepted for admission prior to applying for financial aid?

No, it is recommended that you apply for aid as soon as possible.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

How do I know if I have been awarded financial aid?

You will be able to view your award by using the BannerWeb link. If there is a question, call the Financial Aid office.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

If I get married after I complete my application, can I change my marital status?

No, the student’s marital status is effective for the award year as of the date the application is submitted. A student can update his/her marital status during the Application Renewal period for the next award year.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

I live on my own. Why must I include my parents’ income?

The federal aid application requires parents’ financial information for students who are under 24 years of age unless the student:

  • is married
  • has children
  • has other dependents who receive more than half of their support from the student and live with the student
  • is an orphan or ward of the court
  • is active duty military or is a U.S. Veteran
  • has other circumstances as listed on the FAFSA

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

How will I know that my application has been processed?

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes all the information you provided on the FAFSA. Your SAR will usually contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the number used in determining your eligibility for federal student aid. You will receive your SAR by e-mail within 3-5 days after your FAFSA has been processed. If you did not provide an e-mail, you will receive a paper SAR within 7-10 days. Read the SAR very carefully to see if additional information may be needed.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Will I receive all the financial aid listed on the website or in my financial aid award letter?

Financial aid is awarded as if you will be full-time status. If you do not register as a full-time student, aid will be prorated. Aid will be paid for classes in your program of study and only if we have received all missing documents.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Hope

How do I apply for the HOPE Scholarship or Grant?

A student must complete a FAFSA application online or the GSFAPPS in order to determine eligibility for HOPE. If you are an Associate Degree student and have prior college credit, a Hope Evaluation Request should also be submitted.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

If I moved to Georgia less than one year ago, can I qualify for the HOPE Grant?
A student must be legal resident of Georgia 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the term they are planning to enroll in classes to be considered eligible for the HOPE Grant/Scholarship. Students who did not graduate from a Georgia high school must be legal residents of Georgia for 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of the quarter to be eligible for HOPE funds.
 
 
Do I have to be a full-time student to receive HOPE?

You do not have to be enrolled in a certain number of credit hours to receive HOPE. You can be enrolled in one class.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Is there an income limit for HOPE assistance?
There is no income limit or cap for the HOPE Grant or HOPE Scholarship programs.
 
 
Is there a limit on the number of hours for which HOPE will pay?

Yes, you can receive the HOPE Grant for 63 semester paid hours for technical certificate or diploma programs. You can receive the HOPE Scholarship for 127 semester hours of combined HOPE Grant and HOPE Scholarship.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

What is the difference between HOPE Grant and HOPE Scholarship?

The HOPE Grant is for eligible students seeking a diploma or certificate. The HOPE Scholarship is for eligible students seeking a degree program.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Pell

Why do I need to complete a Verification Worksheet and submit a copy of my Federal Tax Return Transcript?

Each year, the Federal Aid Program selects at least 30% of the financial aid applicants to a particular school for a process called verification. The school must verify the information that the student provided on his or her FAFSA. These documents are required to verify that information.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

If I did not file an income tax return, what should I do?

You will need to contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to request a Form 4506-T (Non-filer Statement) or on the web at IRS.gov. (Request Proof of Non-Filing Status)

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Why is my certificate program not Pell-eligible?

To be Pell-eligible, a program must be at least one year long, or require a certain number of clock hours. Because of the length of some Chattahoochee Tech certificate programs, they are not Pell eligible. Generally, certificate programs are NOT Pell-eligible because they do not take more than one year to complete.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Do I have to attend full time to receive the Pell Grant?

No, however, the amount of Pell Grant you receive each term is based on your enrollment.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Is there a limit on how long I can receive financial aid?

Satisfactory Progress Standards require students to complete their program before attempting more than 150% of the credits required for their graduation. Example: a program that requires 68 credits for graduation. 68 credits x 150% = 102. Students are not eligible for aid at the point when they cannot mathematically complete their program in the 150% timeframe. The Department of Education has set a 12-semester limit for full-time Pell Grants effective July 1, 2012. Other grant and scholarship programs may have their own limitations.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Does the college take into account my living expenses when determining financial aid?

Yes, when determining the amount of financial aid you are eligible for, the Financial Aid Office assigns each student a budget, which includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, personal expenses, transportation, etc. Child care expenses, excessive transportation or disability-related expenses are not budgeted.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Veterans

Can a veteran receive both VA benefits and federal/state financial aid?

It is possible, but veterans’ benefits can greatly impact the amount of financial aid a student can receive.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Student Email

Do I need an assigned Chattahoochee Technical College email address?

Yes! It is the official email address we will use to keep you informed of important financial aid information. You are responsible for all email sent to your Chattahoochee Tech email address, and we recommend that you check it on a weekly basis. Once you are admitted to the college by the Admission office, you will automatically be assigned an email account.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Refunds

What is BankMobile Disbursements?

Chattahoochee Technical College delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc.

Learn more about BankMobile Disbursements.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

When will the Pell Grant refunds be ready?

Chattahoochee Technical College refunds financial aid awards about half way through the semester. You can expect your award sometime between the 4th-6th weeks of the semester, however, there is never a specific date given for refunds.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

I totally withdrew from the college, and now I’ve received a Pell refund. Is this money really mine?

Pell Grant is pro-rated based on the time actually spent in class when a student totally withdraws from school. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you owe a portion of your Pell back.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Enrollment

How many credits do I need to be considered a full-time student?

For financial aid purposes, you must be enrolled in 12 credits or more to be considered a full-time student. This is true for Summer, Fall and Spring.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Do I have to be a full-time student in order to get financial aid?

No, if you are less than full-time and HOPE eligible, you are still eligible to receive your aid. If you are Pell eligible and not full-time, this will change your award amount; however, you still may be eligible.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

No, the student’s marital status is effective for the award year as of the date the application is submitted. A student can update his/her marital status during the Application Renewal period for the next award year.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Financial aid is awarded as if you will be full-time status. If you do not register as a full-time student, aid will be prorated. Aid will be paid for classes in your program of study and only if we have received all missing documents.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

What is SAP?

Satisfactory Academic Progress is a set of federal, state, and institutional guidelines for students receiving financial assistance. If a student fails to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, he/she will be placed on probation or suspension.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

I am on financial aid suspension. Is there any way I can get my financial aid back?

Yes, you have the opportunity to appeal ONE TIME. You must fill out the SAP Appeal form and submit it no later than MIDTERM of the term you are currently enrolled in. If you do not turn your appeal in by the specified time, you will not be considered for an appeal for the next term. SAP appeal forms can be found on the financial aid website located under financial aid forms. Once you have completed your appeal, you can turn it in to any campus’ financial aid office. You will be notified of the decision of the appeal committee via email.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

I am thinking about dropping a class. How will this affect my financial aid?

You will not be required to pay back HOPE, however, if you completely withdraw from classes, you may be subject to paying back your Pell award. Even if you are not required to pay money back, your withdrawal will still count as an attempt. You must successfully complete at least 67% of the classes you attempt in order to remain in good financial aid standing, regardless of what your GPA is.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

SEOG

What is SEOG?

SEOG is a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. A limited amount of SEOG is appropriated from the federal government every year to be awarded to the students with the highest financial need.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Scholarship

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has different criteria. Information about scholarships awarded by the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is available online. If you are still in high school, it is important to work with your high school counselor for information on scholarships for students entering college.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

What is Federal Work-Study?

The Federal College Work-Study program provides jobs to eligible financial aid students. It gives them the opportunity to earn money like a part-time job as well as gain valuable work experience. Work-study jobs are on campus and can offer more flexibility than a traditional part-time job in that your class schedule is considered when setting up your work hours.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

How do I apply for a Federal Work-Study job?

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If jobs are available you will find them here.

Back to Financial Aid FAQ List

News and Updates
Upcoming Events
17Oct

Paint a Pumpkin

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
13Oct

Reverse Raffle 2022

6:30 pm - 6:30 pm