Financial Aid Programs

Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions about assistance programs available to students. 

Federal Pell Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide funds to qualified students to assist them in obtaining the benefits of a post secondary education. To apply, the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applications may be made online or forms can be obtained from Columbus Technical College, high school counselors, or other post-secondary educational institutions. This aid money is for educational costs and does not have to be repaid, unless you are over-awarded.

To receive a PELL Grant the student must:

  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent (GED);
  • Be enrolled as a regular student;
  • Meet citizenship requirements;
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if applicable);
  • Have financial need;
  • Attend a participating institution;
  • Be working toward a diploma, degree, or a Pell-eligible certificate;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on any Title IV funds;
  • Not possess a bachelor’s degree (an undergraduate); and
  • Satisfy all required statements and certifications.

HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant is a program sponsored by the Governor’s office and funded by the Georgia lottery. In order to qualify for the HOPE Grant, students must be enrolled in a diploma or certificate program and must be a current legal resident of Georgia for at least 12 months. Active-duty military and their dependents are eligible for the HOPE Grant under the military waiver if they are stationed in Georgia. The College re-evaluates grades after students complete 30-semester or 45-quarter HOPE-paid hours and after students complete 60-semester or 90-quarter HOPE-paid hours.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to retain the HOPE Grant.  To apply, students may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. Students should review changes to the HOPE Scholarship program at (link provided to HOPE changes).

Hope Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is a program sponsored by the Governor’s office and funded by the Georgia lottery.  Students who have graduated from an eligible Georgia high school as a final HOPE scholar with a cumulative 3.0 GPA may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if they are seeking an associate degree for their first 30-semester or 45 degree-quarter hours. The College re-evaluates grades after the first 30 semester or 45 quarter hours and at the end of each spring semester.. After that, students may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if they are enrolled in an associate degree program and have completed at least 30-semester or 45 degree-quarter hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA (these students must have a HOPE GPA evaluation completed). The College re-evaluates grades after students complete each degree tier and at the end of each spring semester. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to retain the HOPE Scholarship. Students MUST prove Georgia residency in order to receive the HOPE scholarship. The Military Waiver cannot be used for the HOPE Scholarship. To apply, students may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. Students should review changes to the HOPE Scholarship program at (link provided to HOPE changes). 


Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study Program is a needs-based federal grant to help students fund educational expenses by providing part-time employment opportunities on campus. Students wishing to apply for participation in the program must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and have a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) issued by the Department of Education. According to federal and state regulations and institutional policy, students must meet specific eligibility requirements.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

FSEOG is a needs-based federal grant to assist exceptionally needy students to help pay for post-secondary education. FSEOG recipients are required to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.


HERO Scholarship

The HERO Scholarship provides educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military reservists who served in combat zones or the children of such members of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reservists.


General Scholarships

Various local organizations provide aid for deserving students on the basis of need and funds availability. Examples of scholarships for which eligible students may apply include the following: Grainger and Eva D. Ulrich (Aitrusa). Students should check the Columbus Technical College website for current scholarships.


HOPE Scholarship

HOPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarships are sponsored by the Governor, paid out of lottery funds, and available to Georgia residents – including active military and dependents.

Students pursuing an associate degree may be eligible for a HOPE scholarship if they graduated from an eligible Georgia high school as a final HOPE scholar, of if they have completed a minimum 45 degree-level quarter hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Georgia residency must be proved in order to receive the HOPE scholarship.

For more specific HOPE program information, please review the HOPE Scholarships and Grants information.


Native American Scholarship Fund

The mission of the Native American Scholarship Fund (NASF) is to help improve the quality of life through the higher education of Indian people. However, students must apply to all other sources of funding for which they are eligible. Applicants may e-mail Nscholarsh@aol.com, call (505) 262-2351, fax (505) 262-0534, or write to:

Native American Scholarship Fund
8200 Mountain Road, Suite 203
Albuquerque
NM 87110


Veterans Benefits

Eligible veterans can make application through their local or regional Veterans Administration office. Columbus Technical College has applications and a counselor available to assist applicants filing for benefits. Contact the office at 706-649-1458.

The Montgomery GI Bill provides benefits to veterans, servicemembers, and some dependents. More information is available at the US Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website.


Vocational Rehabilitation

For individuals with disabilities, contact the Coordinator of Student Disability Services at 706.649.1533


Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program provides classroom and occupational skills training for adults and youth with limited financial resources.  This program also provides services for dislocated workers laid off from a Georgia employer. 

Students qualify for WIA training services if they have been determined unable to attain and retain employment without training services.  The One Stop System at the Department of Labor makes this determination after applicants have received core and intensive services.  Applicants must take applications to the following location:

Georgia Department of Labor
Columbus Comprehensive One-Stop Center
700 Veteran’s Parkway
Columbus, GA 31907 

The WIA office is located on campus in the Hartline Bldg., room 156-B, and the staff is available to assist students with WIA concerns.  Contact the office at (706) 649-1856.


Social Security

Qualified students may receive benefits while attending Columbus Technical College. Contact the local Social Security Office.


Work Study

Offers part-time employment to eligible students receiving VA education benefits attending school three quarter time or more on the Columbus Technical College campus.


US ARMY Tuition Assistance

Available for active military. Apply at the Education Center, Bldg. #2602, Soldier’s Plaza, Columbus Technical College Office at Ft. Benning 706.545.4863 . When approved, take the forms to the College cashier’s window. The military pays 75% of the tuition and the service member pays 25% of the tuition fee remaining at registration (see the HOPE web page above – it will pay tuition for active military and dependents).


Bill (the) Company

This program allows Columbus Technical College to bill the student’s company for tuition, fees, and in some cases, books. Each participant must clear the procedure with their own company in writing and present it to the school’s Business Office prior to registration.


Postsecondary Options

Tuition assistance is available for qualified secondary school junior and senior students 16 years of age or older. They can take courses full or part time at Columbus Technical College. Contact the Office of Workforce Development at 706.649.1922 for more information.