Priority Dates

Application Steps 2023-24 Academic Year

If you are unsure about which application to complete, review these tips.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Apply for 2023 – 2024 FAFSA using OFTC Federal School Code: 031555

Use the link above to apply for all aid available:

  • Federal PELL Grant
  • Federal SEOG, FWS
  • GA HOPE Grant
  • GA HOPE Career Grant
  • GA HOPE Scholarship
  • Zell Miller Grant
  • Zell Miller Scholarship

You will need your 2021 income information for 2023-2024 FAFSA.

HOPE Application

Apply for HOPE Grant and/or Scholarship

Use the link above to apply for:

  • GA HOPE Grant
  • GA HOPE Career Grant
  • GA HOPE Scholarship
  • GA HOPE GED Grant
  • Zell Miller Grant
  • Zell Miller Scholarship

STUDENT ACCESS LOAN (SAL) Application – Technical Program Information

The Student Access Loan is administered by Georgia Student Finance Commission and is funded by state general funds and proceeds from the Georgia Lottery for education. This loan program is designed to be funding of last resort for college students who have a gap in their college financing. Loans, or portions of the loans, may be forgivable for recipients who graduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 as determined by Georgia Student Finance Commission. Loan funds may be used towards any part of the student’s cost of attendance. The interest rate on the loan is 1% and borrowers are required to make monthly Keep In Touch payments while the student is enrolled. Students may borrow up to $3,000 per year.

Students must be Georgia residents and United States citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens. Students will be randomly selected from the pool of all applicants. To be eligible for the Student Access Loan Technical Program, students must have applied for other student financial aid including federal and state scholarships and grants.

Find more information or apply for a STUDENT ACCESS LOAN (SAL)

In addition to the eligibility requirements from Georgia Student Finance Authority, Oconee Fall Line Technical College has developed additional eligibility requirements. In order to have a Student Access Loan certified or to receive a Student Access Loan disbursement in any term, students must:

  • have a minimum of a 2.2 GPA; and
  • be in Good Standing for Satisfactory Academic Progress (cannot be on warning, probation, suspension or on an Academic Plan); and
  • have not borrowed the Aggregate Federal Loan Limits; and
  • have never been in a delinquent status on the monthly Keep in Touch (KIT) payments. If the borrower is ever in a delinquent status on the KIT payments, the borrower will not be eligible for future disbursements or future loans in the SAL Program at OFTC.

Students must complete Exit Counseling by logging into prior to graduation. In order to graduate, student must complete the Exit Counseling. A hold will be put on the student’s account until they have completed the Exit Counseling and notified the Financial Aid Office that they have completed the requirement. Once the student has completed the Exit Counseling, the hold will be removed from the account.

A student may appeal OFTC’s institutional SAL requirements by submitting a written, detailed explanation to the Director of Financial Aid. This appeal must explain why the student was unable to meet the requirement(s) listed above.

Delinquency of the KIT payments cannot be appealed.

Application Priority Dates

The priority dates exist to ensure financial aid applications are completed in time to receive aid for the term you apply. OFTC will accept your application at any time, but tuition and fees may be due out of pocket if financial aid is not awarded prior to term start. Priority dates are listed below and on the Academic Calendar for each term.

  • Fall Term 2023 – July 26, 2023
  • Fall Minimester 2023 – September 5, 2023
  • Spring Term 2024 – November 13, 2023
  • Spring Minimester 2024 – January 22, 2024
  • Summer Term 2024 – April 15, 2024

*You do not need to apply every term.

Tips for Selecting Which Application to Complete

  • Complete the GSFAPPS if you have a high income. You do not need to complete the FAFSA.
  • Complete the GSFAPPS if you are not able or willing to provide your 2021 income information for the FAFSA.
  • Complete the FAFSA if you have received the HOPE Grant or Scholarship in the past and maxed out your hours and/or can no longer receive HOPE. You do not need to complete the GSFAPPS.
  • If you are not sure which application to complete, always complete the FAFSA.

NOTE: If you completed a GSFAPP and received HOPE Grant or Scholarship within the last year, you do not need to do another GSFAPP.