Federal Aid Programs

The U.S. Department of Education provides a number of funding opportunities for those who qualify. Remember, to apply for Federal assistance you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form each year.

Keep in mind that grant and scholarship programs do not require repayment. Only Loan programs will require repayment following completion or separation from the institution. There are a variety of funding opportunities available.

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Work Study (FWS)
Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) – Effective fall 2014, Savannah Technical College will no longer offer Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

Federal Pell Grant

The Title IV funded Federal Pell Grant program is a need based grant program developed to promote access to postsecondary education to those students who demonstrate financial need. This is the largest of the federal student assistance programs and does not require repayment. The Pell Grant is available to students enrolled in associate degree programs as well as some diploma and certificate programs at Savannah Technical College. The amount you are eligible to receive depends on a number of factors:

  1. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the Department of Education’s calculation based on the income, asset, and other information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  2. The percentage of Lifetime Eligibility (LE) remaining. Effective July 2012, all Pell Grant recipients have a maximum 600% Lifetime Eligibility or 12 semesters of eligibility. This LE applies to all institutions for which the student has attended and received Pell Grant. For more information log on to
  3. The number of credits enrolled each semester (full-time is 12-15 credits; 3/4-time is 9-11 credits; part-time is 6-8 credits; and less-than ½-time is less than 6 credits per semester). Savannah Technical College calculates earned Pell Grant funds based on attendance. A student receiving Title IV federal funds, such as the Pell Grant, withdraws prior to attending sixty percent (60%) of the semester will be eligible for only the earned portion of their award amount. See Federal Return of Title IV Fund Policy for details.
  4. The Cost of Attendance (COA), and
  5. The size of the federal appropriations as determined by Congress.

Students who receive federal aid are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Academic progress is evaluated and monitored each semester after grades are posted.

2022 Year Round Pell is now available to the students. For more information on Year Round Pell visit – 2022 Year-Round-Pell Flyer and 2022 Year-Round-Pell FAQ

The following associate degree programs as well as some diploma and certificate programs are identified as Title IV funded Federal Pell Grant programs and are offered at Savannah Technical College.

Advance Airframe and Powerplan (AA51)
Automotive Transmiss/Transaxle (AA71)
Accounting Diploma (AC12)
Accounting Degree (AC13)
Air Conditioning Tech Diploma (ACT2)
Air Conditioning Tech Degree (ACT3)
Auto Engine Performance Tech (AE51)
Automotive Fundamentals (AF12)
A.S. Information Technology (AF43)
Interdisciplinary Studies (AF53)
Automotive Light Duty Diesel (ALD1)
Aviation Maintenance Techni (AM24)
Aviation Maintenance Techno (AM34)
Aviation Maintenance Techno (AM43)
Aviation Maint Tech-PowerPl (AM61)
Aviation Maint Tech-AirframE (AMT1)
Automotive Chassis Tech Speci (ASG1)
Aircraft Structural Technol (AST2)
Automotive Technology Dipl (AT14)
Automotive Technology Degree (AT23)
Barbering (BA12)
Business Technology Diploma (BA22)
Business Technology Degree (BA23)
Barbering for Cosmetologists (BF21)
Barber II (BI31)
Basic Law Enforcement Cert (BL11)
Culinary Arts Deg (CA43)
Culinary Arts Diploma (CA44)
Culinary Baking and Pastry Art (CBA2)
Culinary Baking and Pastry Art (CBA3)
Cyber Forensics Technology (CFT3)
CATIA Technician (CH71)
Microcomputer Specialist Deg (CIM3)
A.S. Criminal Justice (CJ13)
Criminal Justice Tech Dipl (CJT2)
Criminal Justice Degree (CJT3)
Construction Management Diplom (CM12)
Construction Management Degree (CM13)
Construction Management Appren (CM71)
Cisco Network Specialist (CN71)
Cosmetology Diploma (CO12)
CAD Operator (CP41)
Computer Support Specialist (CS14)
Computer Support Specialist (CS23)
CNC Specialist (CS51)
Central Sterile Supply Process (CS91)
CNC Technology (CT12)
Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CW71)
Cybersecurity Diploma (CY12)
Cybersecurity Degree (CY13)
Dental Assisting Diploma (DA12)
Dental Hygiene (DH23)
Drafting Diploma (DT12)
Drafting Degree (DT13)
Early Childhood Care/Education (EC13)
Early Childhood Care/Education (ECC2)
Electrical & Computer Engineer (EE13)
Electrical/Mechanical Manufact (EMG1)
Emergency Medical Tech (Basic) (EMJ1)
EMS Professions (EP12)
Electrical Technology (ET12)
Electrical UtilityTechnician (EU11)
Electrical Utility Technology (EU13)
Electrical Utility Technology (EU14)
Firefighter/EMSP (FI12)
Film Production-Scenic Tech I (FI21)
Film Production -On Set Production Assistant (FI31)
Fire Science Technology (FS13)
Fire Service Professional (FSP2)
Fire Science Technology (FST2)
GFA On-Set Production Assist. (GF21)
Health Care Assistant (HA21)
Hair Designer (HD21)
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Dipl (HM12)
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Degr (HM13)
Historic Preservation Assistan (HP11)
Historic Preservation and Rest (HP13)
Historic Preservation and Rest (HP14)
Human Resource Mgt Specialist (HRM1)
Industrial Maint System Techno (IM12)
Industrial Maint Systems Tech (IM23)
Cybersecurity Certificate (IS81)
Logistics and Supply Chain Mgt (LA12)
Logistics and Supply Chain (LAS2)
Logistics and Supply Chain Mgt (LAS3)
A.S. Logistics Management (LM13)
Medical Assisting Diploma (MA22)
Medical Coding/Insurance Data (MC71)
Business Management Diploma (MD12)
Business Management Degree (MD13)
Medical Front Office Assistant (MF21)
Microsoft Office Application (MF41)
Marketing Management Diploma (MM12)
Marketing Management Deg (MM13)
Precision Manufacturing (MS13)
Machine Tool Tech Diploma (MTT2)
Master Welder I (MW21)
Networking Specialist Deg (NS13)
Network Specialist (Cisco) (NS14)
Nail Technician (NT11)
Photovoltaic Systems Install. (PD71)
Practical Nursing Dipl (PN12)
PC Repair & Network Tech (PR21)
Paralegal Studies Degree (PS13)
Paramedicine Diploma (PT12)
Paramedicine Degree (PT13)
Phlebotomy Tech (PT21)
Residential Wiring Technician (RW21)
Surgical Tech Diploma (ST12)
Surgical Technology Deg (ST13)
Sustainable Technologies (ST32)
Team Supervisor (TS11)
Technical Studies (TS23)
Welding and Joining Dipl (WAJ2)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The FSEOG is supplemental aid for Pell Grant eligible students with exceptional financial need who are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at an eligible College. Students must be enrolled to receive FSEOG and must meet citizenship requirements as required for all Title IV Programs, as well as all other eligibility listed in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are considered first for a FSEOG. The FSEOG, similar to the Pell Grant, does not have to be repaid and students who receive FSEOG funding must meet all the same eligibility requirements as the Pell Grant (enrollment requirements, SAP, COA, and available funding).

For more information on the FSEOG program, visit the Department of Education Student Aid website at


Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides jobs for students with financial need allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s program of study. The pay rate for Federal Work Study is $9.50 per hour and can work a maximum of 19 hours a week. All students receiving Federal Work Study must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and be eligible to receive Pell. Students must also pass a criminal background check prior to employment at Savannah Technical College. Student requirements and responsibilities for participating in the Federal Work Study program:

  • be enrolled in at least six credit hours;
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;
  • re-certify prior to first week of each semester to continue employment in current position;
  • no compensation for hours in excess of award amount;
  • report to work at scheduled time;
  • abide by college policies outlined in the FWS employment packet; Student Handbook; and College Catalog
  • wear appropriate attire (shorts, tank-tops, midriff tops, etc. are not acceptable);
  • provide advance notice to supervisor if absence is necessary;
  • must have prior approval to transfer from one position or site to another.

To apply for the work-study program, please visit the Office of Financial Aid on our Savannah, Liberty, or Effingham Campus to complete the Human Resource’s background check.


Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Effective fall 2014, Savannah Technical College will no longer offer Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Loans will only be available through summer 14.

Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education.

Direct Stafford Loans include the following types of loans:

Direct Subsidized Loans—Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. Savannah Technical College Financial Aid Office will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and determine the amount you may borrow. You are not charged interest while you’re in school at least half-time; however, interest does accrue during grace periods and deferment periods. Effective July 1, 2013, for all first-time borrowers, Subsidized Stafford Loans are limited to a maximum usage period of 150% of the program of study. For example, a two-year certificate program, a student attending full-time would be eligible for subsidized loans for up to three years (2 X 150% = 3), provided all other eligibility criteria is met.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans—You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, Savannah Technical College will determine the amount you can borrow. Interest accrues (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it’s first paid out. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

Program description excerpts from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Aid website. To learn more about these Federal funding opportunities visit