THOMASVILLE — In an effort to better serve its students, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) has set earlier dates for students who plan to attend this spring semester, which begins on Jan. 7, 2014.
“We feel earlier dates will help our students have the most seamless admission/registration process when preparing to enroll at our College. Over the past few years we noticed a trend that students were applying and registering closer and closer to semester start dates which does not allow us the appropriate time to process applications and other necessary paperwork. These earlier deadlines will also allow our staff to assist our students in the most timely and efficient manner possible,” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, vice president of Academic Affairs at SWGTC.
SWGTC officials are asking students who plan on attending in the upcoming semester to heed a few important dates:
l Nov. 1 — Deadline for new student admission applications
l Nov. 1 — Financial aid (FAFSA) online application deadline
l Nov. 4-7 — Currently enrolled student priority registration
l Nov. 12 — New and returning student registration opens
As seen in the deadlines listed, new students seeking admission to the college this spring semester should submit applications and all associated paperwork by Nov. 1st.
“It’s very important for applicants to apply early making sure they meet all deadlines. By doing so, it ensures that there is plenty of time for our staff to process applications and communicate with students if additional items are needed. It also gives peace of mind to students knowing that they have been accepted to the college and their financial aid is in place. Upon acceptance to the college, students are then ready to meet with their advisor and register for classes the moment registration opens thus allowing students to get the classes they need at times that fit their schedule,” commented Joyce Halstead, SWGTC vice president of Student Affairs.
Students who receive federal aid are being asked to complete the online FAFSA application by Nov. 1st.
“Many new college students, and their parents, find that applying for FAFSA, or financial aid, is much more complicated than they expected. Having this deadline already established gives students, parents, and potential students plenty of time to handle the financial aid application and get the process of approval started. That way, when they are ready to enroll in classes they are not held up by waiting for their financial aid authorization,” commented Amy Scoggins, SWGTC Financial Aid Director.
SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.