Criteria for Tuition Waiver
The College grants the following waivers based upon available funds. Students must complete an application and meet the
criteria outlined below.
Adult Student Waiver
The Adult Student Tuition Waiver is awarded to beginning full-time or part-time students who have:
Been out of high school for at least five years
Been admitted to the College as a diploma, certificate, or degree-seeking student
Demonstrates out-standing performance on-the-job or at the last educational institution attended
Attach a written recommendation from the student’s employer, a community leader, or a faculty member who has
recently taught the student.
Attach a detailed letter written by the student explaining the circumstances as to why the waiver is being requested.
Must have applied for and accepted all Federal and State financial aid for which you qualify
Continuing Student Waiver
The Continuing Student Tuition Waiver is awarded to full-time or part-time students who attended SOWELA for the previous fall
or spring semester. To be awarded a Continuing Student Waiver, a student must:
Be enrolled in a program that will lead to a diploma, certificate or degree
Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
Attach a detailed letter written by the student explaining the circumstances as to why the waiver is being requested.
Must have applied for and accepted all Federal and State financial aid for which you qualify
First-Time Freshmen Waiver
The First-Time Freshman Tuition Waiver is awarded to high school graduates who enroll at SOWELA Technical Community College
in a program that will lead to a diploma, certificate or degree. Students must:
Have earned a GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale
Submit a recommendation from two high school faculty members who taught the student while in high school
Have demonstrated strong leadership (i.e., student government leaders, yearbook/newspaper, editors, etc.) while in
high school
Attach a detailed letter written by the student explaining the circumstances as to why the waiver is being requested.
Must have applied for and accepted all Federal and State financial aid for which you qualify
Chancellor Waiver
The Chancellor Waiver is awarded to a limited number of students. Consideration for the Chancellor Waiver is given to students
with extenuating circumstances that preclude them from receiving other financial assistance. The Chancellor Waiver may be
granted on a one-semester basis; but, the waiver may be continued at the chancellor’s discretion at the conclusion of one
successful semester of course work. Students must:
Be enrolled in a program that will lead to a diploma, certificate, or degree
Have earned a SOWELA GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale if continuing
Attach a detailed letter written by the student explaining the circumstances as to why the waiver is being requested.
Must have applied for and accepted all Federal and State Financial aid for which you qualify
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Tuition Waiver Application
Completed application packets must be returned to the Financial Aid Office by the dates listed below or
as indicated:
Fall - August 1 Spring - December 15 Summer - May 1
Please check the box below to indicate which w
aiver you wish to apply for (check only one):
Adult Student Continuing Student* First Time Freshmen Chancellor Waiver*
* If applying for the Continuing Student Waiver and Chancellor Waiver, you need only complete the top portion of
the application and sign/date the application
Student ID#: _________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________
Street City State Zip
Home Telephone: ______________________________ Cell Phone: _________________________
E-mail address: _______________________________________________________________________
Program of Study at SOWELA: ___________________________________________________________
If
applying for First-Time Freshman Waiver:
High School: _________________________________________________________________________
High School Graduation Month/Year: ______________ High School Grade Point Average: _______
List any awards, honors, prizes, scholarships, etc. you received:
L
ist any extracurricular activities, club memberships, and leadership positions including high school,
college, volunteer, and community:
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If applying for Adult Student Waiver
High School Graduation Month/Year: ______________________________________________________
College(s) Attended: __________________________________________________________________
Date(s) Enrolled: _____________________________________________________________________
I hereby certify that the information submitted in this application is true, correct, and complete to the
best of my knowledge. In addition, I authorize SOWELA Technical Community College to access my
electronic academic record. I understand that completing this form does not guarantee that I will receive
a waiver. In addition, any debts owed to SOWELA Technical Community College must be paid prior to the
disbursement of tuition waiver funds.
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ignature: ______________________________________________
Date: ____________________
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Waiver: First Time student Continuing Student Adult Student Chancellor Waiver
Diploma, Certificate or Degree-S
eeking Program: Yes No
High School GPA: __________
(Required for First-Time Freshmen Waiver)
Overall SOWELA GPA: ____________
(Required for Continuing Student and Chancellor Waiver)
High School Graduation Date: ________________
(Required for Adult Student and First-Time Freshmen Waiver)
Letter(s) of Recommendation Received:
Y
es No N/A
(Two Required for First-Time Freshmen Waiver)
Demonstrated Leadership:
Y
es No N/A
(Required for First-Time Freshmen Waiver)
Submitted FAFSA for current year: Y
es No
Waiver Approved: Y
es No Exemption Amount: ___________________________________
Semester Awarded: Fa
ll Spring
Summer
Student Notified of Decision:
Y
es No
FAO Staff Member: __________________________________________________________________________
SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,
disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding
the non-discrimination policies:
Title: Compliance Officer
Address: 3820 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave
Telephone No.: 337-421-6565 or 800-256-0483
Email: complianceofficer@sowela.edu
REVISED 08/02/2019
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