Georgia Tech is consistently ranked among the nation’s best buys for college. Still, college leaders recognize that many families struggle to pay for a degree. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, explains the different financial aid opportunities available to students and their families.
As a public institution, we continue to look at ways to keep the doors of education opportunity open for our students.
We are continually identifying ways to make Georgia Tech more affordable, particularly for high-performing in-state students with financial need. The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise program provides qualified students a path to graduate debt free.
The program provides full financial need to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board for students from families with annual incomes of less than $33,300 per year. More than 600 students have participated in this program since 2007.
This year we launched the APS Scholars program to help top Atlanta Public Schools students realize that Georgia Tech is within their reach.
Under the program, all Atlanta Public School valedictorians and salutatorians who apply to Tech will receive automatic admittance and an award to cover the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for eight semesters. Our first APS Scholars will arrive on campus this fall.
While Georgia Tech is both leading and engaged globally and nationally, we also believe a great institution must have a strong commitment to the community in which it resides.
Through this program we hope to inspire students in our community to achieve their best and provide a route to attend a preeminent college without financial burden. It is our hope that other premier institutions in American cities will consider similar ways to bolster the local public schools.
In addition to these initiatives, virtually all of our in-state freshmen receive either the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships, a merit-based scholarship the state awards using funds from the Georgia Lottery.
In all, more than 60 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid.
Through a combination of the various financial aid opportunities available – including our own Tech Promise program, the state’s needs-based REACH Program, and other state and federal financial aid – we are working to ensure that students can make a Georgia Tech degree a reality.
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