Special Populations

Savannah Technical College’s Office of Special Populations Program provides support services that promote equity, enhance the educational experience, foster success, and contribute to the self-sufficiency of students who are members of special populations.

Students who meet the below criteria are encouraged to complete the Special Populations Self-Identification Disclosure Form.

Who is a Special Populations Student?

  • Students with Disabilities: an individual with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working  (see Disabilities Services for more information)
  • Single Parents including single pregnant women
  • Displaced Homemakers: an individual who has been out of the job market for a period of time and now needs to return to work for financial reasons (separation or divorced from spouse or widowed)
  • Out-of-Workforce: Individuals who are out of the workforce (unemployed) due to layoffs, relocation of the company, or downsizing
  • English Learners: Students for whom English is not their native language
  • Students preparing for a non-traditional career field:
    Examples: male nurses or female automotive technology students
  • Foster Care: A youth who is in, or who has aged out of, the foster care system
  • Homeless: An individual who is currently experiencing homelessness or the lack of a stable residence
  • Armed Forces/Active Duty Dependent: Includes dependents/children of a parent who is an active-duty member of the armed forces
  • Economically Disadvantaged:
    • Individual from an economically disadvantaged family, including low-income youth or adults and/or
    • Individuals who receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and/or
    • Recipients of the Federal Pell Grant.


Students may complete the Self-Identification Disclosure Form at any time to declare their special population status. Paper forms are available.

Students may also contact Melanie Wilder, Coordinator of Special Populations at 912.443.5717 or e-mail: