ATLANTA — In addition, the state’s FY2015 budget will fund the expansion of Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), meaning that TCSG students who enroll in any one of seven high-demand program areas – practical nursing, early childhood care and education, commercial truck driving, welding, healthcare technologies, diesel mechanic and information technology – can use the SIWDG as a supplement to their HOPE Grant. Combined, the two grants will cover all of the cost of their tuition as well as some of their books and fees. Over the next year, an estimated 12,000 TCSG students are expected to make good use of the SIWDG.
Also new this year, TCSG students who need additional financial assistance will be eligible to apply for a one percent loan through the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better will have their loan forgiven.
Many students can also reduce the cost of their TCSG education if they qualify for the federal Pell Grant, which is awarded based on their financial need. Last year, more than 91,000 TCSG students utilized the Pell Grant to help pay for their tuition, books and fees.