South Georgia Tech waives online application fee and suspends entrance exam requirements

Published 9:12 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

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AMERICUS – South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) President John Watford, Ed.D. made the announcement on Thursday, April 2, that the school will waive the on-line application fee for individuals interested in enrolling for the summer semester. SGTC is one of 21 other colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that have decided to suspend the requirement to take a placement exam and the need to provide an official high school or high school equivalency transcript for admission during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times, we want to do everything we can to help our fellow Georgians pursue higher education without barriers,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “By suspending the placement exam and official high school or high school equivalency transcript requirements, we are removing obstacles for people who otherwise would enroll at one of our colleges.”

As a result, SGTC has decided to waive the application fee for students applying for summer semester. “This is an awesome opportunity for individuals who would like to continue their education,” said Dr. Watford.  “A lot of things may be uncertain right now, but one thing is certain. Once this coronavirus outbreak is over or under control, our area is going to need a qualified, trained workforce more than ever. This is the perfect opportunity to look at career options that are going to be in high demand. With the Hope grant, Hope career grant, Hope scholarship and Pell grant financial aid opportunities, many students can attend at no personal cost and/or receive a refund.”

Students who are interested or would like more information about how to apply to South Georgia Tech can visit the college website at and discover the over 200 great associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit programs available. For more information about applying online, visit

SGTC Admissions Director Whitney Crisp and Admissions Assistant Jasmine Mercer will walk students through the online admissions process in a video. Once a student applies online, he or she will receive an email from Crisp and an acceptance letter or email will follow.

In spite of the suspension of the placement exam ACCUPLACER, SGTC and other TCSG colleges will still have the ability to use other placement methods already in place to allow an applicant to continue the enrollment process. The colleges will evaluate program readiness in a number of different ways to ensure student success.

The suspension of the requirements for official high school or high school equivalency transcripts for admission to TCSG colleges allows applicants who wish to begin this summer or fall semester the ability to continue the admission process. In the interim, students may submit unofficial transcripts until the colleges resume normal business operations. The students will then have the ability to submit official documents to the college without affecting their current enrollment.

“The Coronavirus has certainly disrupted everyone’s lives in one way or another, but our commitment to providing an excellent education to students does not waver,” said Commissioner Dozier. “These temporary changes to the admissions process are one way where we can help those interested in pursuing a postsecondary credential do so without delay.”

For more information, contact SGTC Admissions Director Whitney Crisp at Your bright future can begin today at South Georgia Tech.