General Admission Requirements
This section lists the general requirements for admission to technical certificate1, diploma, and associate degree programs of study available at Athens Technical College. (Applicants should submit all required documentation as listed in this section to the staff at the campus they plan to attend the majority of their classes). Refer to the Curriculum section for specific admission requirements for individual programs of study. Applicants who have additional questions should contact the Admissions Office staff at the Athens Campus, Elbert County Campus, or Walton County Campus to schedule an appointment. They may also contact the manager of the Greene County Campus. To gain admission to Athens Technical College, applicants must complete the following steps:
The president of the college may waive this requirement for secondary students participating in dual/joint enrollment programs.
- Official2 College Transcripts
Applicants who attended one or more colleges prior to applying for admission to Athens Technical College are required to submit official transcripts from each college they attended in the past to the college’s Admissions Office. Applicants enrolled at other colleges when they submit applications for admission to Athens Technical College must send official transcripts showing the courses they are taking at that time. These applicants must submit official transcripts again to document the final grades issued for those courses.
Applicants who previously attended out-of-state colleges may be required to provide applicable course descriptions before the executive director of registration and records can evaluate transcripts from those colleges. The executive director of registration and records will not evaluate transcripts for transfer credit until the Admissions Office receives transcripts from all colleges previously attended by the applicant.
- Placement Test Scores
Applicants may need to submit placement test scores as part of the admissions process. Prospective students may submit official copies of COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT scores, provided they took the test within five years of the early application deadline (see Early Application Deadline). Applicants seeking admission to associate degree programs, diploma programs, and technical certificates of credit must have minimum SAT scores of 450 in critical reading and 450 in math or minimum ACT scores of 16 in English, 19 in math, and 18 in reading.
Applicants who submit scores lower than the minimums stated above or who have not taken the SAT or ACT within five years of the early application deadline must take the COMPASS placement examination or submit official copies of COMPASS or ASSET test scores from another college (see COMPASS Placement Examination).
Applicants who have successfully completed equivalent program-level English and mathematics or who have earned an associate degree or higher credential at another postsecondary institution will not be required to submit placement test scores provided they submit official transcripts at the same time they submit their application for admission. International students who apply to the college must take the placement test in order to determine proficiency in reading and writing.
- Resident Alien Card
Applicants who hold green cards or who qualify under refugee or asylee status must submit photocopies of their resident alien cards as part of the admissions application packet.
- Admissions Notification Letter
Once applicants' files are complete, the Admissions Office staff will process the admission packet and notify applicants in writing of their admission status. New students must bring their letter of acceptance to initial advisement and registration sessions.
- Financial Aid Application
Applicants for financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov at least four weeks prior to the early admission application deadline of the semester for which they seek admission (see Financial Aid). Applicants who do not submit financial aid applications by the appropriate deadline will be personally responsible for paying tuition and fees at the time of registration. Prospective students receiving financial assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA) are personally responsible for paying tuition and fees at the time of registration.
- New Student Orientation
All newly accepted students must complete the New Student Orientation. The orientation introduces new students to college policies and procedures.
- New Student Registration
All newly accepted students will receive information from the Office of Admissions on the dates, times, and locations for new student registration. Students must bring their acceptance letter, information sheet, and a printout of the confirmation email that they have successfully completed New Student Orientation in order to meet with an advisor and to complete the registration process.
Students who are members of the Armed Services, National Guard, or Armed Forces Reserve, and their dependents may be eligible for an in-state tuition waiver provided they are stationed in Georgia and on active duty, are legal residents of Georgia and stationed out of state, or are former military service members who within twelve (12) months of separation establish proof of their intent to make Georgia their residence (See Eligibility for In-State Tuition)
All students applying for in-state college tuition must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States and proof of Georgia residency. All new and returning applicants must submit this documentation. Student should submit documentation of lawful presence and residency as soon as possible so that their tuition rates can be calculated appropriately. Student who are lawfully present int the United States but have not resided in the State of Georgia for at least the past twelve months will be charged tuition at the rate two times the rate paid by Georgia residents. Students who are not lawfully present in the United States shall pay tuition at a rate of four times the rate paid by Georgia residents. The following is a reference tool for how to read a current Georgia driver's license in determining residency and lawful presence in the United States
|If Georgia driver’s licenses were issued before January 1, 2008:
||If Georgia driver’s licenses were issued between January 1, 2008 and one year prior to the current date:
||If Georgia driver’s licenses were issued less than 12 months from the current date:
This shows that applicants are Georgia residents only. Applicants must provide additional documentation to demonstrate that they are legally present in the United States. Examples of additional documentation include:
- A current Driver's License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States. See list of compliant states in the ATC Admissions Office.
- A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
- An approved VERIFIED FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
- A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
- A U.S. Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
- A current U.S. Passport.
- A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
- A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
|This shows that applicants are Georgia residents and are legally present in the United States. No additional documentation is required.
This shows that applicants are legally present in the United States, but have not resided in GEORGIA for more than 12 months. Applicants must provide additional documentation showing they have been residents of GEORGIA for more than 12 months. Examples of additional documentation include:
- A State of Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Report with an "Original Issue Date" of more than 12 months from the current date.
- A signed and notarized lease with a signature date of more than 12 months from the current date.
- A voter registration card with an issue date of more than 12 months.
- Georgia state income tax returns from the previous tax year with a local return address.
- Vehicle registration/tag receipt with an issue date of more than 12 months from the current date showing a local address.
Students who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States are not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition regardless of how long they have lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog and student handbook to warrant in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the lawful presence verification requirement.
1 Students who are over 62 years of age will be enrolled only on a space available basis and will not displace any students desiring to enroll who is a resident of the state of Georgia. See the Legal Residency Requirements in the section on Financial Aid for details.
2 Official means mailed directly from the releasing high school/college to the receiving college or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope from the releasing high school/college to the receiving college.