Finances and Aid
The goal of the Piedmont College Financial Aid office is to assist students in attaining the necessary funds to attend our institution. Students who have been admitted to Piedmont may apply for a variety of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. More instructions and scholarship opportunities can be found throughout our website, but students with questions are encouraged to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-776-0114.
Undergraduate Financial Aid
The Piedmont College Financial Aid Office is committed to helping students secure the necessary funds to earn a higher education and understand their rights and obligations associated with receiving those funds. These services are provided with the strictest confidentiality, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
For students visiting our office, please have your student ID with you. This ID allows us to access your records.
If you are a parent or spouse wishing to discuss your student's records,your student will need to provide Financial Aid a written consent to share their account information by completing the FERPA Consent for Disclosure Form. Please have your student's Piedmont Student ID number ready. Without this ID number, we will not be allowed to discuss that student's records with you.
You may find more information about undergraduate financial aid in the Prospective Student Guide.
Piedmont College in Demorest offers a special Neighborhood Grant for undergraduate commuting students at least 25 years of age living in Habersham and neighboring counties.
Undergraduate Application Procedures
Step 1: Complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through www.fafsa.ed.gov or if you wish to apply for institutional aid only, please complete the Institutional Financial Aid Request Form.
Step 2: Allow 14-21 days for your FAFSA results to be processed and an award letter detailing the aid you are eligible to receive to be mailed to you. Returning students will be able to view their award letters on PilgrimNet.
Step 3: New students need to return a signed copy of the award letter to our office. Returning students will accept or reject their awards on PilgrimNet.
First-time loan borrowers: Complete both Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov to accept student loans.
Parent borrowers must also complete a Master Promissory Note and Parent PLUS Loan Application at www.studentloans.gov. Note: The Parent PLUS Loan Application will have to be reapplied for if borrowing for the next year.
To apply for financial aid during the summer semester, please complete the Summer Undergraduate Financial Aid Application.
Graduate Financial Aid
The Piedmont College Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting students to obtain sufficient resources to meet their educational needs. Please inquire at the Office of Financial Aid for application deadlines. Student receiving financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Student Handbook in order to continue to receive financial assistance.
Federal Student Aid
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid offers aid assistance to students through their federal programs. Federal student aid applies to school expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and transportation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is available as early as January 1 each year, and should be submitted prior to your anticipated date of college enrollment. Types of federal aid available are listed below.
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students. Grants do not have to be repaid. Eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution as calculated by the Department of Education, using information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Funds from this award will be divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters and will be credited to the student's account accordingly.
Federal Student Loans
Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans must be repaid and are available to undergraduate students. Unsubsidized loans are also available to graduate students. These loans have low interest, fixed rates. Payment is deferred until six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Freshmen may be eligible to borrow up to $5,500, sophomores up to $6,500, and juniors and seniors up to $7,500. Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized loans over an enrollment year. If the PLUS loan is denied, up to an additional $4,000 to 5,000 may be available on request after eligibility is confirmed. Click here for a Loan Adjustment Form.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled at least half time. Financial need is not a requirement. Borrowers can request a loan for up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. This loan enters repayment 60 days after full disbursement. Some PLUS loans qualify for deferment of payments while the student is enrolled at least half time.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are available for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Awards range from $100-$4,000. This federal grant is awarded based on the Expected Family Contribution and the availability of funds. Your FAFSA application determines eligibility. Funding is limited and priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study provides part time employment opportunities for eligible students, allowing them to earn money to pay educational expenses. Students usually work an average of 8 to 15 hours per week and receive a paycheck biweekly. The paycheck is made out to the student and the student chooses how to use the money.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students obtaining their bachelors or masters degree who intend to teach in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you receive a TEACH Grant.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.
Follow the link for Financial Aid Verification Information.
Georgia Student Financial Aid Programs
To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must be legal Georgia residents who graduate from a HOPE eligible high school with a 3.0 GPA in the core curriculum and be declared HOPE Scholars by the state. Note: Students who graduate from an ineligible high school, are home study or have a GED should check the www.gafutures.org site for more information.
Students meeting this and other eligibility requirements are defined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) and who are enrolled full time (12 or more hours per semester) will receive $4,178 per year. Students meeting the eligibility requirements defined by GSFC and who are enrolled at least half time (6-11 hours per semester), may receive $1,050 per semester.
Zell Miller Scholarship
To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements. Additionally, students must graduate as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian OR with a minimum 3.7 GPA combined with a minimum SAT score of 1200 on the math and reading portions or a 26 ACT composite score. The ACT and SAT scores must come from a single test administration.
Students meeting this and other eligibility requirements as defined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) and who are enrolled full time (12 or more hours per semester) will receive $4,616 per year. Students meeting the eligibility requirements as defined by the GSFC and who are enrolled at least half time (6-11 hours per semester), may receive $1,158 per semester.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant
Legal residents of Georgia who are enrolled on a full-time basis (12 or more hours) may be eligible to receive $950 per academic year from the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant. The grant amount is determined by the state legislature each year.
Click here to learn more about Georgia Financial Aid Programs.