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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
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Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
As students return to the classroom for a new semester, many are also returning to financial aid offices to make sure they're getting all the help they qualify for.
State and federal programs lend a helping hand to many folks trying to further their education. Officials say programs like the Hope scholarship and grant continue to be a vital part of higher education.
This week, many students have packed college admissions offices in south Georgia, trying to make sure their name is on the roster for this semester's classes.
"We've seen a lot of students come in to apply, complete their admissions application, take the compass entrance exam, and complete their financial aid," said Lisandra DeJesus, VP of Student Affairs at Albany Tech.
About 3,900 students have signed up for classes at Albany Tech. Most of them will get financial aid. "Over 95.96% of our students are eligible for at least one type of aid, financial aid," said DeJesus.
Jarrod Savage is starting his second semester at Albany Tech, where he is pursuing an Associates Degree in law enforcement technology. He is one of thousands of students who rely heavily on state and federal grants to put him through college.
"I would have to pay for my own books, I would have to pay for classes, each semester and for mine that is actually around $1,200 a semester and that's a lot. It's just money that I don't have to pay out of pocket."
He says the state funded Hope grant and federally funded Pell Grant pay for all of his expenses. "HOPE is great. I love hope. Because without hope I would be having to pay pretty much everything out of pocket."
Officials say the financial aid makes college accessible for many students who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. "Our largest enrollment is in the diploma program. The diploma program is the first credential that most individuals pursue," said DeJesus.
And officials say despite recent requirement changes for Hope, Albany Tech has continued to see an increase in enrollment. Something that could translate into jobs for thousands of students in southwest Georgia.
Albany Tech says their 94% job placement rate continues to grow regardless of harsh economic times. The HOPE grant and scholarship requirements changed a couple of years ago, and now requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA and apply for money within seven years of graduating high school.