Application Process for Financial Aid

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There are also a few courses students may need to enroll in to

increase their skills in English and Math that are not financial aid

eligible: ENG 090, ENG 091, MTH 090 and MTH 091.

Students who are only planning on enrolling in CJC 101, CJC

102, CJC 103, CJC 104 and CJC 105 to meet the requirements for

local and state corrections officers do not qualify for federal

financial aid.

Remember: Students need to be degree or certificate seeking

at GCC and accepted in to an eligible program in order to

receive financial aid.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR

FINANCIAL AID

Students must complete the following in order to be considered

for financial aid:

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Apply for admission to the college. Procedures for

application for admission are found in the ADMISSIONS

section of this catalog. When completing the application

for admission, the student should indicate if they will be

applying for financial aid. An estimated offer of financial

aid may be given to the student, but this offer isn’t official

until the student’s acceptance has been finalized.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student

Aid (FAFSA). The paper FAFSA is available from high

school guidance counselors or the GCC Financial Aid

Office, but students are strongly encouraged to apply

online with FAFSA on the WEB (FAFSA.gov) and obtain

a FSA ID, made up of a user name and password, which

can be used throughout the federal aid process. The

processing time of the FAFSA is approximately six

weeks. If the student does not receive the results – a

Student Aid Report (SAR) – within this timeframe, please

call 1-800-433-3243 to check on the processing.

Review the SAR. This report contains the information the

student provided on the FAFSA. If the SAR is correct and

GCC is listed as a college choice, the student needs to

retain it for their records. If it is incorrect or GCC is not

listed as a college choice, the student needs to go back

online to the FAFSA website and make the necessary

corrections. The student will also be asked to sign the form

with their FSA ID and their parent FSA ID, if applicable.

After all corrections are made and the form is signed,

submit the form electronically to the FAFSA Processing

Center. Do not mail a paper SAR back to the FAFSA

Processing Center. Mailing the SAR is a timely process.

An applicant who has completed their file by March 1 and

has established need will be given first consideration for

available awards. Students may generally expect to be offered

a financial aid package fifteen business days after the file

becomes complete. A student may apply for financial aid

after the deadline and will be offered aid based upon the

remaining available funds.

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Submit all requested documentation to the GCC Financial

Aid Office. GCC will be requesting additional information

needed to complete the processing of the student application.

Documentation may include the student and parent IRS tax

return transcripts, child support payments, family member

verification, etc. Students will receive a letter from the

Financial Aid Office (pending file completion) after the

FAFSA has been submitted indicating what is needed to

complete the file. (After the fourth letter, the student’s file will

be placed on hold and no further correspondence will be

received from the Financial Aid Office until the student

contacts GCC.) If any corrections need to be made to the

original FAFSA information, the GCC Financial Aid Office

will make the corrections, based on the submitted data and

will resubmit the corrections to the Central Processing

System. Upon receipt of the corrected information, the

financial aid file will be reviewed and a financial aid proposal

will be calculated and sent to the student in the mail. This

process normally takes approximately 15 business days. The

deadline date for submitting verification documents is 120

days after the student’s last date of enrollment or September

21, 2019, for the 2018-2019 academic year, whichever is

earlier. This includes making any necessary corrections to the

FAFSA, submitting those corrections to the federal processor,

and receiving a confirmation in return. For federal student

loans and campus-based funding, the student must submit all

required documentation 10 days prior to falling below halftime status or 10 days before the student’s last date of

enrollment. Failure to submit all requested documentation

will result in the forfeiture of the student’s financial aid

eligibility. No file review will take place until the student has

submitted the required documentation so students are

encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible.

Apply for a student loan, if applicable. A student who is

eligible to apply for a student loan must fill out and submit a

Master Promissory Note online, submit the Federal Direct

Student Loan Request Form to GCC and participate in an

online entrance interview. Student loan materials can be

obtained in the GCC Financial Aid Office or online at

gogebic.edu. Visit studentloans.gov for additional

information.

Submit a college work-study application. College workstudy application materials will be mailed to all eligible

students with their award letter. These materials must be

completed and returned to GCC according to the set deadline

date. Students will receive their job placements in July.

Provide Notification to the GCC Financial Aid Office, if

applicable. Students must promptly notify GCC of any

outside scholarships, grants, loans or other types of student aid

received or expected to be received. Financial aid packages

may need to be revised based on the receipt of additional

awards.

Apply for a GCC Scholarship. Gogebic Community College

offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to both

freshman and sophomore students. Criteria and award

amounts vary. Applications are submitted online through the

Academic Works website. The typical application period is

from February 1 through March 15. The scholarships awarded

in the spring are to be used for the following academic year.

To apply for scholarships, students must be accepted to GCC

and have been issued a Student ID number. Students also have

the capability to view all available scholarships as well as the

scholarship criteria. Please note, students only need to fill out

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