Federal Grants and Institutional Scholarships

Federal Programs


Atlanta Technical College offers several types of federal aid which is referred to as Title IV aid. These programs are the Federal PELL Grant, the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study and Federal Direct Loans. To receive federal aid, students must be enrolled in a Title IV eligible program and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To view the list of all academic programs and financial assistance, click here.

ATC's FAFSA School Code is 008543.

To qualify for most types of federal aid, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a student in an Title IV eligible program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have earned a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a previously received grant. Agree to use any funds received for educationally related purposes
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with ATC policy
  • Certify that they will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance
  • Have not attained a baccalaureate or first professional degree
  • Meet other program requirements

Federal Pell Grant

Students who demonstrate financial need, who are enrolled in a Title IV eligible program, and who have not received a bachelor’s degree may qualify for this grant. Eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated using information provided by the student/parent on the FAFSA. The amount of Pell Grant ranges up to $6345 per academic year effective Fall 2020.

Federal Pell Grants are not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree or owes a refund for a previous Federal Pell Grant, or any Title IV Aid Program funds, or is in default of a Federal Stafford Loan, SLS Loan, or PLUS loan.

Students may only receive Federal Pell Grants for the equivalent of twelve (12) semesters of full-time enrollment at any institution. This applies to all students who have ever received a Federal Pell Grant.

Students do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive Pell Grant. Pell funds are initially awarded based on full-time enrollment status but may be adjusted and disburse a lesser amount based on a student’s current enrollment. Students taking 12 or more credit hours are considered full-time and receive 100% of their term award; 9-11 credit hours is considered ¾ time and receive 75% of the term award; 6-8 credit hours is considered ½ time and receives 50%; and 5 or fewer credit hours is less than ½ time, and received 25% of the term award.

Pell Grant funds are awarded with the assumption that the student will attend and complete the entire term. If a student totally withdraws from school before 60% of the term has been completed, federal regulations require that Federal Pell Grants to be recalculated to determine the portion of the Pell award the student is entitled to. If the student has received Pell Grant funds more than this new award amount, he/she may owe a balance back to ATC. If the student has received a Financial Aid refund for the term, they will be notified of any amount to be repaid. Any student who owes a balance due to a Financial Aid over award will be ineligible for further Financial Aid assistance until these funds have been repaid.


Federal Pell Grant Mini-Terms

U.S. Department of Education mandates that Pell Grant disbursement be made based on the student’s attending hours—not simply the hours (credits) for which a student is registered.

Certain programs/majors at ATC offer classes that do not last the entire semester. Course 1 may last 3 weeks, then the student begins Couse 2, then Course 3, etc. (all within the same semester). Pell Grant is paid when attendance begins per class, even though the student may be registered for all classes at the beginning of the term. The student’s Pell would be disbursed in increments. By the end of the semester, the student will have been paid 100% of that semester’s Pell Grant eligibility.

A student who never begins attendance in a class will be refunded tuition and fees associated with that class(es). Additionally, any Financial Aid awarded or disbursed for that class(es) is also removed.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Students who demonstrate extreme financial need may qualify for FSEOG. This federal grant is awarded based on the student’s EFC and the availability of funds. Eligibility is based on a first come-first served basis. Only students who are Pell Grant eligible may receive this grant. This fund is extremely limited and not all eligible students may receive funds.


Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work Study Program provides employment for Title IV eligible students who demonstrate financial need. FWS gives students the opportunity to work in different environments. Positions are available on campus or in a community service position on a part-time basis. Students are paid no less than minimum wage and usually work up to 20 hours per week. Students are awarded Federal Work Study funding up to their Cost of Attendance. Funding is limited as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education. Please contact us at workstudyFA@atlantatech.edu regarding open positions.

Atlanta Technical College Foundation Scholarships


The Atlanta Technical College Foundation is pleased to share the 2020 Fall Scholarships.

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United Way of Greater Atlanta Financial Empowerment Services Cash Assistance Program

The United Way of Greater Atlanta Financial Empowerment Services Cash Assistance Program is to provide students with immediate funding to meet hardship needs beyond the ordinary educational expenses met through financial aid. The cash assistance amount will be determined based on the need of an applicant and the maximum amount of funding available at the time of the request.


AGL Resources Scholarship

AGL Resources funds scholarships to support students who are majoring in Air Conditioning Technology, Business Management Degree or Diploma Business Technology-Degree or Diploma, Construction Management, Electrical Systems Technology, Marketing Management Degree or Diploma, and PC Repair & Network Technical Specialist.


Arlane O. Robinson Scholarship

The Arlane O. Robinson Scholarship will be used to support, in perpetuity at Atlanta Technical College. This scholarship reflects the desire of the Robinson Family to encourage and reward academic achievement, across all program areas, and to foster career development for the identified Scholars.


Bryant A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship shall be to reward academic excellence and encourage students to pursue an automotive technician career.

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time (12 semester hours or more) student in the automotive technology credit program of study.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (based on a four-point system).

Phoenix Patriot Foundation Veteran Scholarship Program

The mission of Phoenix Patriot Foundation is to provide direct support to injured and combat wounded veterans who served post 9-11 enabling them to fully Recover, Reintegrate, and Remain Engaged in serving America.

  • Be an Honorably Discharged Post 9/11 Veteran who was injured or combat wounded.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed at least 12 credit hours of study.
  • Describe in an essay (500 words or less) your goals and objectives with a clear vision of how you will pursue your next passion in life.
  • Agree to allow the Phoenix Patriot Foundation to share your story and attend at least one activity each semester.

Atlanta Technical College BMW Student Scholarship

The purpose of the BMW scholarship fund is to reward academic excellence and encourage students to pursue an automotive technician career with BMW.

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time (12 hours or more) student in the automotive program seeking a career opportunity with BMW. Applicants must be in their program of study for at least two (2) semesters, and must have taken AUT 120, AUT 122, and AUT 124 prior to making application for the scholarship
  • Applicants must posses a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a four-point system)
  • Applicants must apply for financial aid within the college. If awarded, the scholarship will supplement any financial aid a student receives.

The Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Foundation Student Scholarship

The purpose of The Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Foundation Student Scholarship Fund is to reward academic excellence and encourage students to pursue technical education in the following areas: Aircraft Mechanic, Emergency Medical Technician, Database Administrator, Practical Nursing, Pharmacy, Diesel Mechanic, Hotel Manager, Dental Lab Technician, Graphic Designer, Health Information Technician, Firefighter, Paralegal, Plumber, Marketing Manager, Heating & Air Technician, Dental Assistant, Drafter, and Medical Assistant.

Additionally, the following categories of students are urged to apply:

  • Current or prospective students who are employed and seek to enhance their professional credentials or license; and
  • Single students (male or female) with children.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade average.

Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health Scholarship

The purposed of this scholarship is to financially assist students who are enrolled in an "Allied Health" program. Programs include but are not limited to - Bio-science Technology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dental Laboratory Technology, Healthcare Science, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology.

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more)
  • The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher

The Atlanta Technical College Retirees Student Book Scholarship

As an opportunity to give back in honor of the many students they have served the Atlanta Technical College Retirees Scholarship recognizes top students to encourage them to accomplish their educational goals. The funds awarded can assist the student with books, tools, program uniforms.

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time (12 semester hours or more) student in a credit program of study.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their banner web transcript and grade report from the most current semester (summer or fall 2016). The transcript must also indicate that the student will be enrolled full time for spring 2017 semester (semester of award).
  • Applicants must submit a typed, double-spaced, one-page essay on why they should receive the scholarship and how it will aid them in completing their technical education.

The Steve and Charlotte Howard HVAC Scholarship

The Steve and Charlotte Howard HVAC Scholarship rewards academic excellence and encourages student to pursue the Air Conditioning Technology Diploma program.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology Diploma program
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
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