31 January 2023
The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program is the first of its kind offered by a public university in Georgia. It provides a debt-free degree to qualifying students from low-income Georgia families, filling a gap in the financial aid support system by picking up where other scholarships and financial aid options leave off, covering a student’s full cost of attendance.
Potential applicants are selected and reviewed by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A comprehensive evaluation including, but not limited to, the factors below are completed for each applicant: • Legal resident of the state of Georgia. • Graduate from an accredited Georgia high school. • Enter as a first time, first-year student. • Submit a complete financial aid application each academic year by the required deadline. • Meet citizenship requirements and other eligibility standards for Federal financial aid programs. • Enter with documented eligibility for either the Georgia HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship. Dependent students whose parents: o Are both classified as legal residents of Georgia and filed Georgia tax returns for the FAFSA base year and, if requested, for the most recent and all subsequent years. o Have less than $33,300 in total combined annual income, assets, financial resources, and monetary/financial/in-kind support. o Filed a U.S. tax return for the FAFSA base year and, if requested, for the most recent and all subsequent years (all schedules and attachments associated with each year’s tax return are also required).
Awards from the G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program will be combined with other scholarships, grants, and a Federal Work Study job opportunity to meet the student’s financial need associated with the cost of full-time resident tuition, mandatory fees, an allowance for books, standard housing, personal expenses, and meal plan.
Students must complete the standard financial aid application process by January 31 (preceding the start of the student’s first year) to be considered for Tech Promise. Late financial aid applications are not accepted, and no separate application is required. Tech Promise candidates may be asked to provide verification of family financial information including, but not limited to, what is listed on the FAFSA. Students qualified to participate in the Tech Promise Program will be selected from on-time applicants. The comprehensive evaluation includes an assessment of all family income, assets, and resources. Financial information will be required from both parents, regardless of current marital status. If requested, tax and income documentation will be required from multiple tax years. During the review, families may be asked to provide statements and copies of supporting documentation listing all sources of untaxed and/or unearned income, gifts, and/or resources of support from any/all sources. Documentation is expected to be complete and determined to be a reasonable representation of the family’s financial strength. Incomplete applications and/or applications with unreasonable information will not be considered.