GCC 2018-19 Catalog - Page 32



to withdraw. If a student does not provide official notification of
the intent to withdraw because of illness, accident, grievous
personal loss or other such circumstances, the withdrawal date
will be determined in relation to the circumstance. The midpoint
of the period may also be used as the withdrawal date for
unofficial withdrawals. GCC may always, at its option, use the
student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically
related activity in lieu of any other withdrawal date.
The following procedure is used in determining the withdrawal
date:

The Financial Aid Office may receive an official
withdrawal form directly from the student or from the
Dean of Students Office. The student may verbally inform
the Financial Aid Office of their intent to withdraw or a
faculty member may indicate the student’s absence from
class which would require follow-up with the student
and/or the Dean of Students Office.
GCC does not have a formal leave of absence policy.
DRUG CONVICTIONS AND
FEDERAL STUDENT AID
Students will lose their eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant,
loan or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1); (20 U.S.C
1091(r)(1), if they are convicted for any offense under any federal
or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs,
during a period of enrollment in which they received Title IV
HEA program funds.
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS
GRANT PROGRAMS
Federal
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the largest of the federal grant programs.
It assists students in paying for their college education and is
awarded only to undergraduate students – those who haven’t
earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Pell Grants are the
foundation of federal student financial aid, to which aid from
other federal and nonfederal sources may be added. Amounts can
change yearly. The awards for the 2018-2019 academic year
range from $596 to $5,920 and are based on the need analysis of
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students
are eligible to receive the Pell Grant for a total of six years as fulltime students. This time frame is prorated based on the student’s
enrollment status.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
(FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
(FSEOG) awards grants to undergraduate students with
exceptional financial need - those with the lowest Expected
Family Contribution (EFC) numbers. Priority is given to Pell
Grant recipients. The average award amount at GCC is $400 per
academic year. The priority deadline date to receive this grant is
March 1.
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State
Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)
This scholarship is based on both financial need and merit. Awards
are restricted to the cost of tuition and fees. Eligibility ends when a
student has completed a baccalaureate degree, after completing the
equivalent of 10 semesters or 15 terms, or when a student has been
out of high school over ten years, whichever occurs first. A student
must take the SAT test prior to entering college and achieve a
qualifying test score. The SAT must be taken by December of the
senior year of high school for priority consideration. Students should
contact their high school counseling office for additional information.
To be eligible for the MCS, a student must: demonstrate financial
need; achieve a qualifying score on the SAT; obtain a high school
diploma, certificate of completion or GED certificate; qualify as a
Michigan resident as of July 1 of the previous year; be a U.S. citizen,
permanent resident, or approved refugee; enroll at least half-time;
maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0; meet GCC’s Satisfactory Academic
Progress policy; not have a bachelor’s degree; not be in default on a
federal student loan; and not be incarcerated. Students must file the
FAFSA before March 1 of every year to be considered for an award.
The maximum award amount for 2018-2019 is $1,000.
Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
This is an incentive program encouraging students to complete high
school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college
and beyond. Students are identified annually by the Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS) as having met the Medicaid
eligibility requirement. A person needs to be Medicaid eligible for 24
months within the 36 consecutive months before application. (The
Medicaid benefits received only while in Michigan and only from
DHHS are eligible.) Once identified, the Michigan Office of Student
Scholarships and Grants (SSG) will send students a notification of
eligibility. SSG sends reminder notifications to students during their
senior year of high school. Students must complete the application
by logging into the MISSG Student Portal or by calling 888-4472687. Students must file a FAFSA. To be eligible, students must
initiate the TIP benefits within four years and one fall semester of
high school graduation or GED or certificate completion. (Example:
June 2013 graduates must initiate by Fall of 2017.) TIP benefits
expire six years after high school graduation.
To be eligible for TIP, the student must: complete the application
via the MISSG Student Portal (www.michigan.gov/missg) or by
phone at 888-447-2687 no later than August 31 of the academic
year in which the student graduates from high school or completes the
recognized high school equivalent; graduate with a high school
diploma, certificate of completion, or its recognized equivalent prior
to age 20; not be incarcerated; meet the institutional SAP policy; not
be in default on a Federal/State student loan; and be enrolled in at
least six credit hours within the degree program during any period of
enrollment. TIP will pay up to a maximum of 24 semester credits per
academic year and mandatory fees up to $250 per semester.
Mandatory fees are defined as only those fees charged to all students
across the board as a requirement for enrollment. Eligible fees include
student activity fees and registration fees. No college admission or
course-specific fees are eligible. GCC will award the TIP Grant for
the number of credits the student is enrolled in for the first semester.
This number will be subtracted from 24 to determine the amount of
the student’s second semester TIP award.

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