Types of Financial Aid

Federal Programs

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federal grant funded by the Department of Education. Students who demonstrate financial need, who are enrolled in a Pell eligible program and have not received a Bachelor’s degree may qualify for this grant.


Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Click here for more information.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

This grant provides aid to students with exceptional financial need and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


Federal Education Student Loan Information

Lanier Technical College does not participate in any direct federal educational student or parent loan programs. Any student loan for which a student wishes to apply must be a private student loan.


State Programs

Applicants for HOPE Grants for Diploma and Certificate programs and Associates Degree HOPE Scholarships must meet Georgia’s HOPE Program requirements.

HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Procedures

All college credit hours attempted and their corresponding grades will be included in the calculation of the HOPE cumulative grade point average, even if those hours are not accepted as transfer credit by Lanier Tech. To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the end of each spring semester and at the term check points he/she attempts 30, 60 or 90 semester hours. Once your eligibility is evaluated, you will be notified by mail of the results.

  • Students must request HOPE Scholarship Evaluation through Lanier Technical College.
  • Students must graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission for a college prep diploma or a 3.2 for a career tech diploma.
  • Students graduating under the single diploma type must have a 3.0 GPA as calculated by GSFC.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college.
  • If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in college, they may only regain the HOPE Scholarship one time.
  • The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for remedial or developmental courses.
  • A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship until the first of these events:
    • The student has earned a baccalaureate or first professional degree
    • The student has attempted at any postsecondary institution a total of 190 quarter hours or 127 semester hours
    • The student has received a total of combined payment of 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours from the HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel program (Accel payments made beginning with Fall 2011 term are excluded from the 127 hour cap) or
    • Beginning with those students receiving HOPE for the first time on or after July 1, 2011, seven years from a student’s graduation from high school or the equivalent; provided, however, that for a student that serves on active duty in the military during such seven-year period such active duty service time will be credited back to the seven years.

The HOPE Scholarship Evaluation form and all transcripts must be submitted to Lanier Technical College at least two (2) weeks prior to the date you are scheduled to register for processing and notification of HOPE Scholarship status. Failure to request this evaluation by the deadline will require payment of tuition and fees by the student during the registration process. Students determined to be eligible for HOPE Scholarship at a later date may request reimbursement through the Financial Aid Office.

Education Diploma (GED) awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia receive a one-time $500 HOPE GED Voucher. Click here for more information.

HOPE Career Grant (Formerly the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant)

The HOPE Career Grant can be the boost a student needs to get started on a rewarding career in a well-paying job, and without accumulating a lot of student debt. It also helps Georgia employers by creating a pipeline of skilled workers they can hire well into the future. To be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for and be receiving the HOPE or ZELL Grant. Please review eligibility requirements below. The two grants together will cover all tuition in these programs of study. Students will still be responsible for student fees and any equipment necessary, although in some cases, financial aid is available for those as well.

Eligibility for the HOPE Grant
All eligibility requirements for the HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant apply to the HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant.

Basic Elegibility
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia
  3. Meet enrollment requirements
  4. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
  5. Meet academic achievement standards
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE or Zell Miller programs
  9. Must be eligible for, and receiving, HOPE or Zell Miller Grant funding.

Program Eligibility
Full-time enrollment in a certificate or diploma program is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, they must have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.

Learn more about the HOPE Career Grant

HOPE Career Grant Programs

Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant

The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GSPSM) Grant program provides non-repayable grants to eligible Georgia residents who are dependent children of Georgia law enforcement officers, prison guards, firefighters, or emergency medical technicians who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.


Georgia HERO Scholarship

The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Off-spring) Scholarship program was created to provide educational grant 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 and U.S. Military Reserves. The Georgia HERO Scholarship Program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).


Dual Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment at Lanier Technical College is your jumpstart on your college career. The Dual Enrollment program saves time and money. With Dual Enrollment you enroll in a college class and get credit at both your high school and the college. Plus, you have the option of taking classes at any of our five campuses or online.


Student Access Loan Program

Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA) offers the Student Access Loan Program (SAL) for eligible students attending an eligible University System of Georgia (USG), Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or Private postsecondary institution in Georgia. The SAL is a 1 percent fixed rate loan, designed to assist undergraduate and technical college students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs.


Zell Miller Scholarship Program

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The purpose of the Zell Miller Scholarship Program is to encourage the academic achievement of Georgia’s high school students and Georgians seeking Degrees from postsecondary institutions located in Georgia.


Student Loans

Lanier Technical College does not currently participate in any federal student or parent loan programs (e.g. Direct Loans, Stafford). Any student loan for which a student wishes to apply must be a private student loan.

Private loans should be used as a last resort to pay for educational expenses. It is not our policy/recommendation to encourage students to incur additional debt for their college education unless all other sources of aid (grants/scholarships) have been exhausted. Applicants must complete a current year FAFSA and have existing unmet need after the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and anticipated financial aid is subtracted from the student’s Cost of Attendance.

Lanier Technical College does not support or endorse any specific lender or student loan program. Students may search out and apply to the private lender of their choice.

Please visit FASTChoice to learn more about your options and how to borrow responsibly.

Foundation Scholarships

The Lanier Technical College Foundation, Inc. receives donations from business, industry, civic organizations, and individuals earmarked to provide scholarships for deserving students who meet the specific criteria required. Scholarship awards may supplement other federal and state grants and may be used for direct and/or indirect costs associated with educational expenses incurred during the period awarded. The Lanier Technical College Foundation announces the availability of external scholarships as openings arise. Student should obtain various Foundation administered scholarship applications from the Financial Aid Office. Lanier Technical College Foundation Scholarship applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Foundation Scholarship Committee. Please check the Lanier Technical College web site for semester deadline dates.

Unemployment Benefits

Eligible students should contact the Department of Labor for information concerning regulations and requirements regarding receipt of unemployment benefits while attending Lanier Technical College.


Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Lanier Tech is approved for training by the State Department of Veteran Services. Benefits may be obtained from the Veterans Administration if the veteran or other eligible persons meet the eligibility requirements. To determine your eligibility, contact the local or regional Veterans Administration office. Information and assistance may be obtained by calling the Veterans Administration toll free at 1-888-442-4551. Application assistance is available through the Financial Aid Office and online at gibill.va.gov.

Certifying officials in Financial Aid will provide counseling and assistance. There are many types of Veteran Education benefits. It can be overwhelming to try to make sense of it all and know which benefit will be best for you. Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefit program.
Lanier Techinical College’s VA Certifying official may be reached at 770-533-7022.


Vocational Rehabilitation

Qualified students, those with certain disabilities which might prevent employment, may receive services while attending Lanier Technical College.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a form of financial aid available to serve disadvantaged adults, youth and dislocated workers. In accordance with WIOA guidelines.